Senior Writer and Arts Editor, Kansas City Star
Senior writer and arts editor, The Kansas City Star; book critic, culture watcher, jazz hound, wine slurper, restaurant critic.
inkkc.com — It's no secret that some of the better music being recorded these days is coming out of our own backyards, from local bands recording with local producers in studios tucked away in downtown lofts or basements or someone's garage.
kansascity.com — Tomas Young, the paralyzed Iraq war vet who announced earlier this spring that he was ready to die, said that he has decided to live for now. “I decided to go on until I reach a point where it has become too unbearable by my standards,” Young said Monday.
bbc.co.uk — The shortlists for the UK's oldest literary awards - the James Tait Black prizes - have been announced. Books by American author Ben Lerner and Scot Jenni Fagan join the latest works by Alan Warner and Kirsty Gunn to make up the shortlist for the fiction prize.
npr.org — John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
kansascity.com — Romaine is so 2012. And iceberg? 1997 called: It wants its lettuce back. According to this story in the New York Times, kale is this spring's coolest salad green. "The fashionable plat du jour these days is the humble kale salad, which seems to telegraph a certain veggie-chic for the juice-cleanse set," the article announces.
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