Commentary

This review originally aired on October 17, 2016. You Must Change Your Life is now available in paperback.

Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life is resplendent with European art history of the early 20th century, and is also a detailed look at the deeply felt friendship of poet Rainer Maria Rilke and the sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Kevin Ives is guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist with The New Imperialism. The band’s releases to date include La Bella Fin (EP), The Sensationalism of Dr. Bordeaux and, most recently, Wax Wings. Presently, the group is working on a split EP with Tulsa’s The Dirty Mugs, tentatively slated for release in early 2018.

“In every band I’ve ever been in, I’ve always started off with a concept. The whole thing [was about] making a big show out of it. I’ve always liked to go see shows that had lights or something else involved, it wasn’t just about playing music.

Marginalia: John Grisham

Oct 27, 2017

A conversation about his new legal thriller, title choices, and more...

Writer and director Noah Baumbach has made a career out of portraying self-absorbed characters on screen, characters who are so consumed with their own views of the world that they almost end up living in a separate reality. And with Harold Meyerowitz, the center of Baumbach’s new Netflix movie The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), he may have created his greatest.

I recently read an article by world renowned painter David Salle in which he explained one of the things that is most valuable to him. It is a painting by Wichitan William Dickerson.  Salle grew up in Wichita and painters Bill Dickerson and his wife Betty were both Mr. Salle’s art teachers at the Wichita Art Association. Bill had turned down a chance to teach at the Art Institute of Chicago in order to return to Wichita and begin teaching in 1931.

(Music: Rhiannon Giddens, “Come Love Come,”  Freedom Highway (2017) 

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Jonathan Huber

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City was established in the Flint Hills in 1996. The National Park Service operates the Spring Hill Ranch, which offers Living Ranch History Weekends between Memorial Day and October. KMUW's Jonathan Huber visited on a windy Saturday and prepared this audio postcard, which has sounds of a meal being cooked and a blacksmithing demonstration.

Eminem’s now infamous freestyle castigating Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards raises one very important question: What the heck was that?

In the 401 years since his death, William Shakespeare has never gone out of style. Known as the Bard of Avon, he invented more than 1700 words and phrases, many of which are still in use today, and scholarship on his life and work continues unto the present. His poems and plays have been quoted more frequently in western culture than nearly any other literature in existence, with the only exception being the Bible.

When you’re traveling and looking for the best restaurants to eat at on your trip, who do you ask? You could, of course, go to social media and ask for recommendations, or maybe call or text friends in the area, but how about asking a tire company?

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