This week's print edition contains a fantastically illustrated account of the life of St. Louis-author William S. Burroughs. He's the Beat writer, counterculture icon and heroin junkie whose wild life produced some of literature's most transgressive and innovative works, including the novels Naked L ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Songwr ... More >>
Who deserves the great honor of being recognized alongside Rush Limbaugh inside the Missouri State Capitol rotunda? The leadership of the House of Representatives is looking for inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians! In addition to the great Limbaugh, the hall includes some very influential ... More >>
Skin Graft Records emerged in the early '90s amidst the rise of music cross-genres noise-rock and math-rock. Being an early proponent of such salty sounds, label owner Mark Fischer saw fit to combine records and comics in an unholy union of visual and audio debauchery. Early art featured Rob Syers, ... More >>
Patti Smith reads from her poetry and performs a rock set at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 ) Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. There's no simple way to describe Patti Smith, the profoundly influential, incantatory songstress, poet, artist and writer ... More >>
Albert Pujols's farewell letter to St. Louis that ran as a full-page ad in the Post-Dispatch last week inspired anger and tears in equal measure. But, as some readers pointed out, farewell letters to the city are nothing new, though of course few who have left the city have been able to afford full- ... More >>
image viaFor sale: One fine-looking house with an impeccable literary pedigree.If you can imagine it, William S. Burroughs was once a child right here in St. Louis. His grandfather, also named William S. Burroughs, founded the Burroughs Adding Machine Company which presumably did pretty well ... More >>
image viaWilliam S. Burroughs: even weirder than we thought.Picture it: Tangiers, 1959. William S. Burroughs, author of the newly published Naked Lunch (and, incidentally, scion of a wealthy St. Louis family), is visiting his friend Brion Gysin's restaurant when he meets John and Mary Cooke, ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
Mad Men is not coming back till July 25, but there's no reason we can't start talking about it now. So let's discuss this latest theory: Don Draper is actually a St. Louisan. We know his body (well, Jon Hamm, anyway) is from here. But a blog post from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website last wee ... More >>
So you're sitting around a cornucopia of Thanksgiving delight: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sides, salads, and three pies your mother-in-law bought at Sam's Club and put in metal dishes so they look homemade. It's a smorgasbord and your arteries are hardening just thinking about it.Everyone is ... More >>
A city's history
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>
How much art can you take?
Still funny after 45 years
Linear narratives are for chumps. Expand your horizons with William S. Burroughs' Towers Open Fire.
This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.
And the syntactical strike force
The scribes of the Jewish Book Fest
Unlike John Nash, Spider sees little triumph over schizophrenia
"Day of the Dead Beats" has become autumn tradition for local poetry aficionados
Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemeteries
Seeking St. Louis: Voices From a River City, 1670-2000
The Beat and Q95.5 boast ambitious on-air talent
Before handing over Radar Station to a new regime, the old boss wants to get a few things straight
Central West End
William S. Burroughs
A return visit to Lynch Street Bistro finds faster service but only occasionally rewarding culinary experimentation
River Styx raises the spirits of Burroughs, Kerouac and Ginsberg with "Day of the Dead Beats"
Written and directed by Chuck Workman
Japanese composer/remix master Nobukazu Takemura transforms the binary babble of skitterish CDs into pure beauty