Commentary

Our city has long nurtured a vibrant creative community, and if original work is the fire that lights your lantern, you don't have far to look to find it in nearly every artistic form and expression. The Wichita Fringe Festival is in its second year as a showcase of original works for the stage by area high school students.

Justin Cary

Gumbo, a Creole and Cajun soup that has many possible variations, has a rich history that blends the culinary traditions and techniques of three distinct groups: Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans.

Marginalia: Ariel Lawhon

Feb 22, 2019

Ariel Lawhon likes a good puzzle. She likes a mystery that she can research and research and research, and then artistically retell the story to readers. Her first book explored the unsolved mystery of a justice who disappeared in New York in the 1930s. Her second book explored the conspiracy surrounding the Hindenburg disaster. And now her third book explores the life of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, and the woman who, years later, claimed to be her.

According to the Bible, Jesus lived for a time in Capernaum, on the Sea of Galilee. He made the town the center of his ministry, but ultimately cursed Capernaum because of their lack of repentance even in the face of his many miracles.

For years, people have been making single-handed game controllers to help people enjoy video games even if they have trouble using a standard controller. However, efforts like these have a definite DIY feel to them, having to open up the controller and solder additional components to the circuitry. And, as this is not easy work, the results tend to be very expensive, and not always very durable.

Oh, give me a home, now that Brownback is gone
Where the schools get the money they need
Where seldom is heard that their funds are deferred
So our kids get educated to succeed

Marginalia: David Treuer

Feb 19, 2019

In the prologue of his book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, author David Treuer writes, “This book is a counter-narrative to the story that has been told about us, but it is something more as well: it is an attempt to confront the ways we Indians ourselves understand our place in the world.” I recently spoke with Treuer via Skype about this counter-narrative and so much more. Here's our conversation:

Income inequality has been a long-standing feature of American life. Consequently, U.S. history has featured numerous proposals to decrease the disparity between the economic “haves” and “have-nots.”

It’s not so much that there’s more insulting language these days but that it isn’t very good.

Calling a Millennial lazy or entitled, for example, simply shows a lack of wit.

Consider George Bernard Shaw’s note to Winston Churchill that he was “enclosing two tickets to the first night of my play; bring a friend, if you have one.”

And Churchill’s equally witty response: “Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.”

What’s the most irritating question a writer can be asked?

According to Maurice Swift, the amoral protagonist in John Boyne’s new novel, A Ladder to the Sky, the answer is simple: Where do you get your ideas?

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