The Story of Frankie & Johnny — Happy Missouri Day

In recognition of Missouri Day, here’s a brief breakdown on Missouri’s second most famous couple (after the fictional Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher), a real-life couple usually referred to as Frankie and Johnny. After Frankie caught her man in flagrante delicto with another woman, Alice Pryor, and shot him dead, it was commemorated in numerous songs and … Continue reading The Story of Frankie & Johnny — Happy Missouri Day

Sounds of the Show-Me State — Happy Missouri Day

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s Map of Missouri Missouri’s nickname, the “Show Me State,” first appears in print in the words of congressman, William Vandiver, who declared in 1889, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats. Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got … Continue reading Sounds of the Show-Me State — Happy Missouri Day

Happy Missouri Day! – Yup, It’s aready been a yurr since the last’n

MISSOURI DAY The 3rd Wednesday of the October, this year the 15th. Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Missouri In my experience, when you’ins tell people you’re from Missouri, most people reply self-satisfiedly with “don’t you mean Missouruh?” or, alternately, “where is Missouri? I don’t think I’ve ever been there.” Whether Missouri is Lower Midwestern or Upper Southern (or … Continue reading Happy Missouri Day! – Yup, It’s aready been a yurr since the last’n

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Los Angeles was at one time home to the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan and contributions of Japanese-Angelenos to history and culture are many. It was in Los Angeles that Hollywood created the first Asian-American film star. It was also in Los Angeles that a legal challenge in the Supreme Court re-shaped immigration … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

After the Go-Betweens — the Solo Albums of Grant McClennan and Robert Forster

On 25 March, music critic Ken Tucker reviewed the new solo album by Robert Forster on the NPR program, Fresh Air. In the review, Tucker said, “Along with his fellow songwriter Grant McLellan, Forster led the Go-Betweens starting in the 1990s.” In one sentence, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic managed to get a couple of things completely … Continue reading After the Go-Betweens — the Solo Albums of Grant McClennan and Robert Forster

Thanksgiving II; or, a Super Bowl Party for people who hate the Super Bowl

Last Sunday, the Super Bowl took place. For the 98.7% of the world’s population who didn’t watch this televised spectacle; it featured billionaire Enos Stanley Kroenke‘s Rams in competition with billionaire Robert Kraft’s Patriots; the musical stylings of the Empress of Soul (Gladys Knight), Proactiv’s Maroon 5, Kardashian rapper Travis Scott, and Big Boi; as … Continue reading Thanksgiving II; or, a Super Bowl Party for people who hate the Super Bowl