Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!"
And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>
One of the nastiest side-effects of a difficult childbirth is the fistula, when an infant gets jammed so tightly in the birth canal that it cuts off the flow of blood to surrounding organs. Eventually the flesh rots away, leaving a hole, from which things -- piss, shit, menstrual blood -- leak.
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image viaDanielle Nierenberg in Arusha, Tanzania.Danielle Nierenberg, a former resident of Defiance, Missouri, now a project manager at the Worldwatch Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC, spent the past year and a half traveling through sub-Saharan Africa as part of a project called Nou ... More >>
San Francisco breakbeat whiz kid Lorin Ashton aka Bassnectar will be slangin' that ill shit on April 9 at the Pageant.
*Chuck Berry, January 19
*Truth and Salvage Co., February 20
*6th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival, February 12
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Image viaDo you need the perfect holiday gift for the Wilco fan on your list? Have you already given them the Wilco scarf, Wilco insulated lunch tote, Wilco album transport case and Wilco dog sweater?
This year, given him the gift that'll keep him alert so he can listen to Wilco into the we ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe vegetarian combo platter at Blue Nile Market and CafeThis week, I return to one of my favorite dining destinations in St. Louis -- Jeffrey Plaza, a homely strip mall at Olive Boulevard and I-170 -- to try the Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile Market and Café. Follow me after ... More >>
Wealthy countries leasing land in Ethiopia for farming. (Washington Post)Do industrial farms violate greenhouse gas laws? (The New York Times)U.S. pork not good enough for Russia. (Reuters)Why Stilton isn't made in Stilton. (The Wall Street Journal)Chuck E. Cheese as Fight Club. (Chicago T ... More >>
Quite a week here, highlighted by the debut of two new columns, the Novice Foodie and Farmer's Market Share. We also celebrated a magazine appearance by Josh Galliano of Monarch, the cooking of Marc Baltes at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar and things that even bacon can't improve. What else happe ... More >>
Like Champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Ethiopia's Yirgacheffe coffee takes its name from the region where it's grown. Sweet, fruity and well-balanced Yirgacheffe has become a household name among coffee aficionados. Now, due to changes in how Ethiopia regulates its coffee market, Yirgacheff ... More >>
MP3: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas Time? (Original 1984)"
I couldn't find the best version of this song, which is an extended mix with a totally earnest spoken-word bridge featuring the tune's participants. But here's the original version of 1984's seminal charity single, "Do T ... More >>