No matter the issue, Missouri has always been labeled as a state of two distinct camps: Yankee vs. Confederate, urban vs. rural, Blue state vs. Red, Calvin pissing on a Ford logo/Calvin pissing on a Chevy logo and — most divisive of all — "Missouri" vs. "Missourah." In reality, though, ... More >>
Language, to paraphrase Mark Twain, is a treacherous thing. Sure, we carve it in the rough shape of our thoughts. We hone its edges with commas and periods, paragraphs and pauses. But words are unfaithful little instruments, prone to miscalculations and misunderstandings, miscommunications and mis ... More >>
All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Click here to read the rest of the guide or pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. According to the Farmers' Almanac, it's g ... More >>
It was a bloody weekend in St. Louis. On Saturday at around 11:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the Mark Twain neighborhood in north St. Louis and found four victims lying on the sidewalk and street in front of a residence. Carnez Winslett, a 36-year old black male who police say lived o ... More >>
Last month, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation announced its annual list of the most endangered properties in the state, which included the James L. Clemens House in St. Louis -- a home constructed in 1860 that preservationists worry may not survive. Local activists have taken an increa ... More >>
St. Louis earned a place on a Forbes magazine list alongside the likes of New York City and Los Angeles. Unfortunately that list was of the dirtiest cities in America, as determined by air and water quality.
Police have not released much detail on the city's most recent homicide, but here's what we know: Shortly after 5:15 pm on Saturday, officers responded to a call on the 5300 block of Thekla Avenue in the Mark Twain neighborhood, north of I-70. There, they found the body of 46-year-old Dwayne Hubbard ... More >>
Van Dyke Parks | Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra April 5, 2012 The Luminary Center for the Arts Van Dyke Parks embarked on his first-ever tour this year at the age of 69. It has been a limited run of shows in the United States, but with any justice more audiences will get to experience what ... More >>
The blurb by Richard Russo on the front cover of Joe Schuster's new book The Might Have Been declares it "surely destined to join the ranks of transcendent baseball novels." And it is. But what are those other transcendent baseball novels, you may ask? Here are a few, selected by Schuster himself an ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a post that asked area religious leaders their thoughts on the jubilation here in the United States over the killing of Osama bin Laden. The topic of whether its right or wrong to celebrate a death -- even someone as vilified as bin Laden -- generated a lot of th ... More >>
image viaThere's no poetry in a hot toddy. No sex. No glamour. It sounds like "hot teddy" but has nothing in common with a negligee and everything in common with flannel pajamas. Don't go gazing into your glass expecting to find brilliant turns of phrase lurking within. You can't spin straw i ... More >>
image viaHuck and Jim as they appeared in the first edition of Huckleberry Finn in 1884.You all remember Huckleberry Finn, right? That 1830s Missouri urchin who finds himself adrift on the Mississippi River with a black slave named Jim and learns to appreciate Jim's fundamental humanity and, ... More >>
image viaThe Missouri Writer's Guild has announced plans for its 2011 "Just Write!" conference, to be held in St. Louis next April 8 through 10. According to the Guild, the conference will bring the opportunity to pitch to editors and agents and attend workshops, panel discussions and break- ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAbandon hope (and your wallet, your bicycle and possibly your car) ye who enter here.Oh, hello there Daily Beast rankings! It's been a while since we heard from you. Not that we missed you. You have such a way of making us feel bad about ourselves, even if we have doubts abou ... More >>
Washington University is to pay a $15,000 civil penalty and spend an additional $45,000 on a supplemental project to help clean science laboratories of hazardous waste in several St. Louis public schools. The settlement follows an April 2008 inspection of the school's Danforth Campus and Schoo ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergThe Missouri Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced that six beaches within state parks are too polluted for swimming this weekend. Beaches at Mark Twain, Wakonda, Crowder, Cuivre River, St. Joe, and Thousand Hills state parks all tested for dangerously hig ... More >>
Great works of literature are immortal. Baseball records -- especially dubious ones -- are not. So it's fitting then that Missouri legislators yesterday approved a bill to rename a stretch of Interstate 70 after Missouri's America's most famous author, Mark Twain.
I spent the first half of January -- the crappy half, as you all know -- south of the equator, in Peru. About half of our stay was in the smallish city of Cusco, which sits about 3,000 meters above sea level. A significant portion of the city still uses streets first constructed by the Incas in the ... More >>
In this week's paper, I wrote a longer tribute to Jamie Foehner, who passed away last week. There will be a memorial tribute to him on Sunday, April 5, at Lemmons starting at 4 p.m. Details are still being worked out, but I expect information to come to light soonish, once people chime in. Meanwhile ... More >>
Did you hear that the Post-Dispatch fired its restaurant critic – Joe Bonwich – Friday? So did we. "It was my Mark Twain moment," says Bonwich, who is definitely still eating and drinking on the daily's dime.
HotCity presents a challenging Last Days of Judas Iscariot
The Iceman Cometh. And cometh. And cometh.
Short Cut to Nirvana espouses enlightenment, but it's sketchy on how to get there
A musical in ASL? Sign us up!
Or love, Oregon-style
Especially when it casts Fred Friction as Susan B. Anthony
Week of December 8, 2004
Mrs. Kimble, cubed
Week of November 21, 2001
The 10th annual St. Louis International Film Festival arrives this week, and with it a plethora of films and a revived energy
Written and directed by Hampton Fancher
June 2 - 9, 1999