As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language. Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary. But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob," or "friend zone." The music ... More >>
When seventeen-year-old Kathleen Oliver performed with the Eureka High School cheerleading squad, her sister Lauren, eighteen, would always be in the crowd to support her. "You would have Kathleen helping lead the crowd and Lauren right there in the crowd...participating right along with her," Eur ... More >>
When word leaked out this week that Elizabeth Price won the 2012 Turner Prize, an annual honor given to British visual artists - some eagle-eyed readers noticed that she'd previously been involved in the UK indie music scene. In the mid-1980s, Price attended Oxford University, where she met fellow s ... More >>
When you're paying more than $50,000 per year for your college education, you expect a return on your investment -- like, say, a job when you graduate. So maybe you can understand the rumblings of panic emerging from Washington University after the International Herald Tribune released the results ... More >>
If black candidates do not win these elections, where the odds are stacked against them, St. Louis, a city that is roughly 50 percent African American, will have no black representatives in Congress, the Missouri Senate or in the state House.
When Radiohead comes to town, it's a big deal. And for good reason: The Oxford super-group only plays in St. Louis every four or five years, meaning there's pent-up demand for one of the most popular live acts around. Still, Friday's sold-out show at the Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue, 314-241 ... More >>
Adbusters"Occupy Wall Street" started out as a 1,000-person mid-September protest in a New York City park against, among other things, financial disparity and corporate influence. Since that time that protest has grown into a nationwide movement, spurring on the creation of "Occupy" spinoffs ... More >>
Brent Roam, founder of U-City Family ChurchOn Sunday, September 18, for the first time ever, the Tivoli Theatre in the Loop will begin renting out its space to a religious congregation: the U-City Family Church. Other cinemas across the country have been doing this for years, including the l ... More >>
This is part one of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Griffiths of Truffles. Part two, a Q&A, will be published tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Griffiths, will be posted on Thursday.Amanda WoytusChef John Griffiths of Truffles in the restaurant's dining roomOn a weekda ... More >>
Bishop/Attorney Marty SigillitoUpdated 4:16 p.m. with press release outlining indictment. We have all but official confirmation that Martin Sigillito -- the Clayton attorney and American Anglican bishop who already stands accused in civil court of running a $45 million ponzi scheme -- has finally ... More >>
Foals: at Vintage Vinyl, April 23. Foals and Freelance Whales sold out the Firebird, but you can still see both at Vintage Vinyl. Oxford's Foals will be doing an electric set and New York's Freelance Whales will be adorable. You can also see Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors, who is bringin ... More >>
image viaIt's that time of year again, the season where you can take two steps without stumbling over a year-end list, a this of the year or a that of the year. Merriam-Webster announced today that "austerity" is the dictionary publishing house's word of the year for 2010. This, a ... More >>
image viaIt's not in the dictionary, and it may never be. But there's a certain word on the tip of everyone's tongues this year, including the fine folks at Oxford University Press, the world's go-to authorities on the English language and publisher of the Oxford American Dictionary. Their W ... More >>
Jason StoffVampire Weekend performing at the at Chaifetz Arena.Click here for a full set of photos from the show.It's extremely difficult to write about a band that does everything right, as Vampire Weekend did last night at Chaifetz Arena. Even the band's ghastly novelty songs about punctuation ... More >>
Last night at the Sheldon, musicians gathered to pay tribute to the late Johnnie Johnson and his many accomplishments. KSDK's Art Holliday served as the night's master of ceremonies. (The concert served as a fundraiser for his Johnson documentary, Johnnie Be Good.) Holliday began night with a ... More >>
In the summer of 1964, hundreds of young northerners descended upon Mississippi to register black voters and teach in "Freedom Schools." Among them were Charles McLaurin, Chris Hexter and Tracy Sugarman, who were all based in the town of Ruleville in Sunflower County. McLaurin was the project direct ... More >>
courtesy Random HouseAzar Nafisi, author of the best-selling Reading Lolita in Tehran, will be at Left Bank Books in the Central West End on Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. to talk about her latest book Things I've Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter, which just came out in paperback ... More >>
The New Oxford American Dictionary is out with its "Word of the Year" for 2009. That term? Unfriend, meaning to remove someone from a social media site, such as Facebook. The New York Times quotes Oxford lexicographer Christine Lindberg as saying unfriend has ''real lex appeal'' for best reflecti ... More >>
It was only a matter of time before the academic world got its grimy paws on Twitter. (The academic world would also repudiate that last sentence because worlds don't have hands.)The good folks of Oxford University Press, under the guise of "work", have spent the past six months monitoring 1.5 milli ... More >>
Heh, heh, heh. The New York Times story that accompanies the image above celebrates Britain's many wonderful street and place names, from the village of Crapstone to Crotch Crescent (Oxford), Titty Ho (Northamptonshire), Wetwang (East Yorkshire) and Slutshole Lane (Norfolk).Here in St. Louis, all U ... More >>
Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has come home to St. Louis to help fellow Iraq vets.
The Skeletons reunite, we gift some of St. Louis' best bands and remember Ike Turner.
What the headline says, as announced on the Oxford UP's blog today. "The word 'locavore' shows how food-lovers can enjoy what they eat while still appreciating the impact they have on the environment," said Ben Zimmer, editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press. "It's significant i ... More >>
The Lives of Others
PR flops. Staff upheaval. Shrill talk-show hosts. The Cardinals' flagship station can't seem to find the strike zone.
The Upstairs Lounge, 3131 South Grand Boulevard, 314-773-3388.
Jonathan Kozol isn't giving up on America's public schools
If you're young and female, New York Minute is your movie
Tom Hanks steals the Coens' latest by playing -- get this -- funny
Jeanette Mott Oxford
The volunteer jurists running a truancy court for St. Louis get an up-close view of wayward kids, don't-care parents and war-zone schools. It's worse than they thought.
A writer's long descent into Alzheimer's makes for gripping storytelling
Who has the right to write about the lord of the Ring's fictional tongues?
Letters from the week of October 31, 2001
The nascent effort to derail plans for a new stadium runs the length of the political spectrum
Proof of Life kidnaps the audience, then tortures it to a slow death
Directed by Deborah Warner