Category Archives: Literary St Louis

“A Minefield of Myth and Memory”: John Keene’s Annotations

“The form of a city changes more quickly, alas, than the human heart,” Baudelaire wrote in his poem “The Swan” (published in Les Fleurs du Mal in 1857). Here in St. Louis, where I’ve lived now for over a decade, the pace … Continue reading

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“Only My Words Bear Me”: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World in St. Louis

No land on earth bears me. Only my words bear me, a bird born from me who builds a nest in my ruins before me, and in the rubble of the enchanting world around me –Mahmoud Darwish, “A Rhyme for … Continue reading

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Young Eliot

I hope to post about this at greater length at some point, but didn’t want to let “the cruelest month” pass by without mentioning Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land, a new biography of the poet by … Continue reading

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Henry Miller at the Wednesday Club

One of the many reasons I love working in a public library is that it provides so much odd experience. In my second life as a fiction writer, people often ask me if I get a lot of material from … Continue reading

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Tim Rakel’s Subterranean Library

Anyone who’s heard Tim Rakel’s music knows that he is a highly literate songwriter. The versatile folk-rock musician and host of KDHX’s Mystery Train program, Rakel works a rich vein of labor history, modernist literature, and urban lore into his … Continue reading

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Ann Leckie at Central Library

In case you’ve been hiding out in a corner of the galaxy with really bad wireless, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice has had an incredible run in 2014. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards–the first SF novel in history … Continue reading

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Props to the Young Scribblers of St. Louis

This year, for the first time, St. Louis Public Library offered the My StL Challenge, giving junior-high and high-school students the chance to reflect on a person, place, or institution that defines St. Louis for them. We got a lot … Continue reading

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