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Top ten lists are cliche, but there are so many reasons to congratulate the organizers of this year’s Riverfest music line-up that I needed to itemize them. So please forgive the format and see if you agree the 2017 Wichita Riverfest concert schedule is the best ever.

10. The price. A button will get you into all the shows, and they’re only ten bucks - the price you would pay to hear a cover band.

9. Go big or go home. These are not little county fair acts. A Flaming Lips’ live show is as big as it gets.

Wendy Wasserstein is probably best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. The show opened on Broadway in 1989 after a run on Off Broadway was received with a bounty of critical applause, and went on to receive a New York Drama Critics Circle award and a Tony for Best Play.

In hip hop, it’s not unusual for strong personalities to go up against one another—we call it beef. But the song “You Are Not a Riot” by the Oakland-based outfit called The Coup puts an interesting spin on beef with its subject, described in the subtitle as “An RSVP from David Siquieros to Andy Warhol”.

The history of the hamburger is a murky one…

Stay with me here, because the premise of Colossal is not normal.

The 2017 state legislature is likely to go into an extra session because no consensus appears to be developing for a revenue-raising and spending bill to meet the needs of the state.

Well, it’s not quite summertime, but it is Bummertime…

Marginalia: Mohsin Hamid

May 16, 2017

In this podcast, I was able to visit by phone with Mohsin Hamid from his home in Lahore, Pakistan about his new novel, Exit West. The novel follows a young couple who fall in love in an unstable country and decide to migrate to other lands through magical portals. We visited about these literal open doors, human migration--especially in light of recent talk of proposed walls and travel bans, and children’s literature.

Here’s our conversation:

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That was Mohsin Hamid, author of a new novel Exit West which was published by Riverhead Books.

OnWords: Philosophy

May 16, 2017

I recently heard a well-respected radio host describe Donald Trump’s “America First” approach as a (quote) “philosophy.”

Hearing this caused me a bit of cognitive dissonance.

During the 150th celebration of the Chisholm Trail, knowing the exact route of the trail is a lesson in history. The CT150 committee has created a map that outlines the route in Kansas...or at least one version of the route. This map uses the markers of Tom Frazee and the Kansas Cattletown Coalition that followed the trail from Caldwell up to Abilene. It works well for the purposes of commemorating the route.

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