It’s not as if we need another word about grief. But here goes. An old friend of mine died in April. He didn’t have the novel coronavirus, but cancer re-emerged in his body and made its final move. I dug out a picture I’d made more than 50 years ago. Roger stood in the woods […]
It was late on a Thursday evening in early February, and Bobby Watson was wailing on the little stage at the Ship, the West Bottoms dive devoted to comfort food, cheap drinks and feel-good music. Watson pushed a fountain of sounds out of his alto sax, higher and higher, faster and faster, as vibraphonist Peter […]
It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon after the holidays, and a dozen people are browsing the shelves of Kansas City’s newest bookstore. Called Wise Blood, after the Flannery O’Connor novel, the cozy Westport shop is an offshoot of the Mills Record Company, a vinyl-friendly retail institution around the corner on Broadway. A new bookstore? What were […]
Lieven Bertels, a Belgian arts professional with global experience, made his first visit to Bentonville two and a half years ago. He had worked in the U.K. and the Netherlands and most recently directed an arts festival in Sydney, Australia. Now here he was, a little apprehensive but interviewing for a job in a place of which he’d had no clue.
Seventy years ago, in 1949, one of the best-known literary figures in the land spent two weeks in Kansas City. Martha Foley, editor of an annual survey of fiction, “The Best American Short Stories,” spoke at a writers conference at the University of Kansas City, precursor to UMKC. Then she holed up in a hotel […]
The first time I watched Elizabeth Belden brew a batch of beer, her quiet morning among the tanks at KC Bier Co. was shattered just moments after I arrived. A news alert on her phone reported the death of Yordana Ventura, the young Kansas City Royals pitching ace and World Series veteran, whose vehicle had crashed on a mountain road in the Dominican Republic.