Nancy Kranzberg, St. Louis' "Cheerleader for the Arts"

Nancy Kranzberg was one of the first non-work-related St. Louisans I met after I moved to St. Louis. The Missouri Historical Society was looking for ways to promote its first Holiday Book Fair. My boss, Lee Sandweiss, suggested we get on Nancy's arts show on community...

Great Scott! Novel Reopens Landmark Court Case

I wrote this review of a novelization of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Scott v. Sandford several years ago for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but it never appeared in the paper. The book is Two Men Before the Storm: Arba Crane’s Recollection of Dred Scott and the...

Francis Park–David R. Francis's "Other" St. Louis Legacy

I walked to Francis Park and back this morning with daughter Kate, and it reminded me of this piece I wrote many years ago but I don't think ever published anyplace, though parts of it were used (with my blessing) in a history of St. Louis Hills. It's based on...

The National Blues Museum: How 'Lou Can You Get?

The National Blues Museum, which opened to the public April 2, rightfully places St. Louis among other American music capitals like New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, and Chicago. If Route 66 is the Mother Road, the blues is St. Louis's Mother Lode. The museum is in the...

The St. Louis Artist Who Helped The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

EXCLUSIVE TO THE WRITE FOX BLOG Since Prince's death last Thursday, many stories have surfaced about his love of the arts and his compassion for others, but in 1998 both of those themes came together right here in St. Louis. The result was a lot of happier kids and...