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Review: “The Year of Magical…”


8Fontaine Syer as Joan Didion, the author and protagonist of The Year of Magical Thinking, takes the stage, looks around the audience with a direct gaze and tells us: “This happened on Dec. 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you. And it will happen to you.”

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Review: “Pericles” @ The Black Rep


PericlesPericles is seldom performed, and there are many good reasons for that. It is probably not written entirely by Shakespeare—most likely, he is responsible only for the second half (and the change in the language from Act II to Act III is marked).

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Review: “The Fall of Heaven”


0Having read the promotional materials for The Fall of Heaven, my expectations weren’t high. It sounded like Walter Mosley had cobbled together his collection of short stories (The Tempest Tales)  into yet another riff on Here Comes Mr. Jordan/ Heaven Can Wait.

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TFTE: Discovering Modesty


Bling2One of my favorite stories is about the time my friend Floyd Martin streaked my apartment complex the Summer before college. I was fresh out of high school and had moved a liberating 100 miles from my hometown of Tulsa to Oklahoma City with a group of friends. The five of us shared a two bedroom apartment in a shoddy 1970s era complex.

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NQOTP: The Doghouse


73082_490205907017_672192017_6982249_1535615_nFor the first time in recent memory, I approach the New Year without the usual “I can’t wait until this damn year is over” feeling. Despite the fact that our country faces many problems… massive unemployment, two wars and a Republican “take over,” 2010 wasn’t, in my personal experience a horrible year.

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Gayborhoods: Marine Villa


IMG_0190LGBT people in Saint Louis have a lot of pride in their neighborhoods, so in 2011 I’ve decided to spotlight these diverse and welcoming communities throughout our region.

Scrappy Marine Villa probably seems like an unlikely place to start this series.

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Publishers Letter January 2011


1122714037_vitalvoice_121110_004As we kick off 2011, I‘m excited to announce the launch of the newly redesigned website at

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Fighting Cabin Fever


holidayThe holidays are over, the excitement of the New Year is behind us and all of a sudden, BAM!  You’re hit with a case of cabin fever.  The same chill in the air that put you in the mood for the season now appears bitter and uninviting.  Fortunately, this is a condition with a cure.  Here are some ideas on ways in which you can fight your affliction of cabin fever.  

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