Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

REALLY GET TO KNOW ST. LOUIS; Culture; Author Curtis Sittenfeld Should Come into the City to Find out What It Means to Be a St. Louisan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

REALLY GET TO KNOW ST. LOUIS; Culture; Author Curtis Sittenfeld Should Come into the City to Find out What It Means to Be a St. Louisan

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Yes, it is a very curious, parochial habit of St. Louisans to ask where you went to high school. And yes, that Provel cheese is awful on pizza. No one really knows what it is. The rest of Ms. Curtis Sittenfeld's column in the New York Times is baffling.

As far as the "gigantic white S.U.V. with a W. Bumper sticker for George W. Bush," those could be found in virtually every suburb of America. Why does she think he got elected twice? Within the city of St. Louis, that car was not allowed.

You would think that transferees would not be afraid to explore this city that has so much to offer. As for having a party and no one came? Well, her therapist might have an answer. In my city neighborhood, we have a pig roast and we get about 300 people, many of whom are not natives. As far as not being embraced by the locals, that is a part of suburbia in many parts of the country, but certainly not in the cities of America.

My guess is that Ms. Sittenfeld lives nowhere near the city limits. As for the 9 o'clock empty restaurants, my guess is she is eating dinner at Applebee's. Has she never been to Trattoria Marcella, The Brasserie, Eleven Eleven, Dressel's or Sidney Street; yes, during the week? Has she been to 33, the wine bar in Lafayette Square? Has she ever been to Lafayette Square? I guess not. There is no Applebee's there.

Has she observed at all the breathtaking commercial and residential architecture here? I assume not.

She infers that most St. Louisans are entertained by trivia nights with hockey fans. Really? I raised three daughters here and never went to a trivia contest with hockey fans. Has she not been to Soulard, or just south of downtown, and gone to the many bars that have music, mostly blues, seven nights a week, played by great local musicians? Is she completely unaware of the musical heritage of St. Louis? She probably thinks Miles Davis is a measuring device. Yes, Ms. Sittenfeld, Miles, Clark Terry, Jimmy Blanton, Grant Green, John Hicks and many others are from St. …

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