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As of 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2010, the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library is closed for renovations. It will re-open in 2012.
It's been more than 100 years (113, to be exact) since L. Frank Baum's children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published. That it still ins...
Author of Red Azalea continues her memoirs with The Cooked Seed.
Much like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes, Walter Mosley apparently killed off his iconic detective, Easy Rawlins, almost six years...
It's been more than 100 years (113, to be exact) since L. Frank Baum's children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published. That it still inspires new art (yes, even 2013's insipid prequel film Oz, the Great and Powerful counts) is a... More »
Economist Charles Wheelan made quite a few people feel better about their own intelligence with his first book, Naked Economics. Using non-jargon words and his witty style to illustrate how the mathematics of economics is used to predict the... More »
We've been relying on other people's pictures and videos of the restored Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library for the past few months, but yesterday we finally got to chance to take our own.... More »
Vince Bommarito Jr. wisely takes a detour around the main dining room of Tony's as he escorts Drink of the Week to the restaurant's kitchen. Although we clean up real good, on this Tuesday night we're pathetically underdressed: flip-flops,... More »
When completed in 1912, the Central Library gleamed like a jewel downtown. Funded by tycoon Andrew Carnegie and conceived by Cass Gilbert (designer of the U.S. Supreme Court building), the new structure featured stone archways and ceilings harking back to the Renaissance, but also cutting-edge technology like book elevators and an air-washing system. By the mid-aughts, the library had fallen into a shabby state. But in 2010 crews swarmed the building to begin a $70 million restoration.... More »
In the downtown public library basement, in the middle of the hall connecting periodicals on microfilm to Science and Technology, there's a Halsey Taylor pedestal fountain -- the best of the best -- that'll blow your mind. Approach respectfully, press the sturdy top-corner button and, bingo, huge arch, a gusher of agua that hits the center of your tongue, pouring forth a crisp sweetness as though straight from a glacial stream. This is a perfect fountain. "It's probably because of the... More »
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