December 2006

Bloggers take on St. Louis' fellowship of the Tweed Ring Read more

A slightly generalized analysis of St. Louis’ java junkies By Sarah Truckey Photograph by Katherine Bish Some requests are elaborate, some very simple. Some use words that cannot be found in a diction... Read more

Lalla Rookh: The Musical! By Stefene Russell Photograph by Ralph D’Oench and courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society’s Photographs and Prints Collection Imagine this is not a 35mm photo of the Vei... Read more


U.S. Attorney By Ellen F. Harris Photograph by Scott Rovak Catherine Hanaway knows about power—she has made a study of it since high school. She was the first woman to become speaker of the Missouri H... Read more

Think the city is run by the men and women you elected? Oh, naïve one, they are such a small part of the picture... Read more

Richard Anderson shot and killed his girlfriend's mother and stepfather. Then he wrote to his beloved, hoping she'd understand. Read more

As told to Jeannette Batz Cooperman Photograph by Mark Gilliland Rabbi Susan Talve spent her childhood in the peaceful Hudson River Valley—on a train line that went straight to Manhattan. Her father... Read more

For seven decades, the words "Old Post Office" evoked images of a grand but shabby, pigeon-infested downtown building that had definitely seen better days. Then came a $47 million facelift, revealing one of the two largest examples of French Second Empire architecture in the United States. Read more

A two-pronged survival guide for the season of giving By Matthew Halverson Illustration by Ryan Greis Ever wonder why issues of the brain and issues of the bank account converge so perfectly during th... Read more

James Frey invented experiences. Günter Grass hid his early life. And the rest of us deal in polite fictions every day. By Catherine Rankovic I once took a self-guided walking tour of literary St. Lou... Read more

Gilda Radner’s club for cancer victims is on its way to St. Louis By Christy Marshall Recently a young man walked into the office of Dr. Madhavi Kandula, a dermatologist. He held one baby in his arms.... Read more

Hosting the College Cup may be just what St. Louis’ soccer image needs By Matthew Halverson Photograph by Pete Newcomb Somebody get Jeff Macko an Ambien. In the 14 months since Saint Louis University ... Read more

St. Louis’ street commissioner says we may be in for a very white winter By Bryan A. Hollerbach Photograph by Adam Scott Williams “My kids are getting older, and they don’t even know what snow is anym... Read more

It’s not all milk and cookies By Katie Pelech Jack Sims (or “Santa Jack,” as he’s known to his pint-size admirers) has spent the last seven Christmas Eves making house calls in St. Louis. It’s not eas... Read more

By Emily Tennyson I love New Year’s Eve—anywhere but home. In recent years I’ve welcomed the new year in Montreal, Quebec; Negril, Jamaica; and Antibes, France. Montreal is a winter wonderland. The... Read more

Homeland security was cozier in the Cold War Read more

After 35 years of suffering the city’s lofty expectations, the Koplars are finally trying to make good on their family’s promise. (So what the hell took so long?) Read more

Blood, bad money and printer's ink stained the ground beneath the first Veiled Prophet balls. Read more

Frank Popper watched Jeff Smith for 30 seconds and decided he had the qualities today's politicians lack. So Popper let the film roll—and caught the world's attention Read more

By Martha K. Baker Photographs by Ashley Heifner The Compton Heights subdivision, beautifully sited behind tiara-topped gates, is also fully sited on the Internet. Every one of the neighborhood’s 24... Read more