H.W. Brands' new book The Man Who Saved the Union is not the first book we've encountered about Ulysses S. Grant this year, but it's certainly the most voluminous. Brands, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was in St. Louis yesterday to talk about the book at the Missouri History Muse ... More >>
John Pa and Matt Seilback of Anastasis Films have done bleeding heart St. Louis pride. They've done a truly badass campaign ad. And now they're back at us with a hilarious political parody in cartoon form!
As the general election approaches, candidates try harder than ever to court voters (except not really in Missouri). If you're like Daily RFT, you've grown weary of the debates and heated verbal sparring. Back in ye olde days, when brains fell short, candidates seeking public office courted the publ ... More >>
Apparently, the speed of business is very fast indeed when $2 billion is on the table. That's the record-breaking price offered to current Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt by the investment group helmed by Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten. McCourt agreed to the sale mere hours after Major Lea ... More >>
Photos: Ashley AtkinsDemonstrators blanketed the sidewalk and then packed a County Council meeting last night. A crowd that swelled to well over 200 people arrived to downtown Clayton yesterday to protest the proposed closing of dozens of St. Louis County Parks.
Jonathan Swift famously said, "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." In all the years of evolution that have followed, some of that prehistoric boldness must remain in those of us who eat raw oysters in the Midwest. So they are not found naturally anywhere near where we are -- we puff ... More >>
This book could save your life!Another year in the most dangerous city in America. Gunshots went off everywhere at midnight on New Year's Day, and nobody gave you a bulletproof vest for Christmas. (Not that you asked for one. But still.) The good folks at ElectricLiterature have a solution. O ... More >>
steamboattimes.comOn November 30, 1905, Mark Twain turned 70. That blessed occasion was marked by interviews with fawning reporters, equally fawning newspaper articles and plans for an elaborate birthday dinner at Delmonico's, then the fanciest restaurant in New York City. Unfortunately, Nov ... More >>
Image viaPainting of Paul McKee's dreamPaul Puricelli, the attorney representing developer Paul McKee, just filed Northside's final post-trial brief. It's a 32-page defense of the land magnate's plan for North St. Louis, a plan that aims to radically transform the City but for months has been thr ... More >>
Image sourceTwo important revelations about former governor Rod Blagojevich from last night's episode of Celebrity Apprentice:1. Blago is still innocent.2. Blago has a thing for balloons.In this week's task, Donald Trump told the two teams to set up storefronts pimping Kodak's exciting new produc ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dcWhich St. Louis Coffee Party will reign supreme?The St. Louis Tea Party turned one year old last weekend. To celebrate, not one, but two, fledgling political groups are throwing their own warm beverage parties. Coincidentally, but not surprisingly, both call themselves ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene
Socialist. Nazi. Fascist. President Barack Obama has another title to add to his resume: Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yes, this morning the Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, announced the selection of Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between p ... More >>
Producers at NBC have asked former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to participate in a reality show titled, "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!"The show drops ten celebrities in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle "to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness. ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/jasonizedRod Blagojevich's recent troubles have been a great joy to anyone who likes a little Victorian poetry mixed with their political theater. Who else would have the audacity to quote Tennyson and, on multiple occasions, Kipling?Blago's favorite poem is Kipling's "If": "If you ... More >>
A little presidential horseplay
Week of December 21, 2006
About teddy bears
Explore the surreal side of Fair Saint Louis
Ashby can be scholarly or debonair, but he's just one man (and that man wants to be president); plus, the Sanford-Brown Indians take a hit, the handicapable fight terrorism, and the Wash. U. Absurdist Club gets passive-aggressive on your ass
Hold on to your liver! An RFT salute to the coolest local watering holes you've never heard of.
The fight to preserve St. Charles County floodplains makes for some strange bedfellows
Two prominent companies unfurl their first productions of the fall season. So far, so good.
Ghost letter from a powerbroker teaches Slay the perils of using the bully pulpit
With the determination of a Missouri mule, Mayor Mike Swoboda drags a $40 million development into the heart of Kirkwood
With good guys like this, who needs bad guys?
Week of April 18, 2001
Scott Joplin receives a celebratory homecoming with Opera Theatre of St. Louis' revival of Treemonisha
Why Missouri Botanical Garden's Peter Raven, world-renowned environmentalist, courts Monsanto's favor, boosts its biotech and takes its money