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 >>
Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet. ("Eat food. ... 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 >>
Pudd'nhead BooksFor years, Left Bank Books and Subterranean Books have duked it out for St. Louis' independent book-selling supremacy. But last fall, a third rival entered the mix, Webster Groves' Pudd'nhead Books.Last Friday, the online booksellers' newsletter Shelf Awareness ran a nice profile ... 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 >>
Sad news to report: Jamie Foehner, who was a familiar figure at Lemmons as their booker/door man and trivia co-host, passed away late yesterday. He was 38. His Facebook page alluded to some recent health problems and hospital stays, but no further details are available at the moment. ... More >>
6600 Clayton Road
HotCity presents a challenging Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Gangs keep their murderous hold on the streets of St. Louis. And kids like Lil' Robert Walker pay the price.
The Iceman Cometh. And cometh. And cometh.
Short Cut to Nirvana espouses enlightenment, but it's sketchy on how to get there
Especially when it casts Fred Friction as Susan B. Anthony
Week of December 8, 2004
Mrs. Kimble, cubed
Fight off the November chill with this extra-sizzlin' edition of Unreal (once we put our clothes back on, we'll check in with the Sanford-Brown Indians, pick up a few local papers and have our groceries bagged by inmates)
Yackey's on the River brings hope and hush puppies to the banks of the Mississippi
Kickball comes back
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