Literary

Glenn North: Truth Teller

Artists have often explored connections across disciplines, resulting in work that can be as surprising as it is provocative — from theater director Julie Taymor and U2 bandmates Bono and

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David McCullough to be Honored at Wild About Harry

David McCullough to be Honored at Wild About Harry

David McCullough spent nearly a decade on site at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum researching for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, the definitive study of the life of Harry Truman. Now, decades later, he will be honored at the 19th annual Wild About Harry event, a fundraising dinner benefiting the presidential library and […]

It’s a Guy Thing

The Bobos book club can’t help but call attention to itself. For starters, the club’s 14 members belie their well-educated, professionally accomplished backgrounds by calling themselves Bobos. Even club founder Phil Smith, a 67-year-old retired advertising creative director and writer, concedes that the offbeat sobriquet may call to mind “nuts” or “clowns,” although that’s hardly the intent.

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Glenn North: Truth Teller

Glenn North: Truth Teller

Artists have often explored connections across disciplines, resulting in work that can be as surprising as it is provocative — from theater director Julie Taymor and U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge collaborating on the troubled but intriguing musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” to actress Tilda Swinton reclining in a glass box as part of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

An Ode to True Black Manhood

I grew up in one of those urban neighborhoods that did so much to shape successful black men in America. Located on the northeast end of Kansas City, Kansas, the block I grew up in was bookmarked on both ends by black-owned businesses. On the southwest corner was a mom-and-pop record store where I purchased 45s by the Isley Brothers and Chaka Khan. It was also a candy shop and sometime beauty parlor.

Standing Up for Veterans – All of Them

Standing Up for Veterans – All of Them

J. Malcolm Garcia has traveled widely — and often dangerously — in his role as freelance journalist, getting his passport stamped from Sierra Leone to Syria, and from Pakistan to Afghanistan. But he calls Kansas City home. So, he qualifies as a local author, albeit one whose writings have documented people and places far beyond the American heartland.

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