my paternal grandparents lived in St. Louis when Tennessee Williams was a boy. the uncle who was my godfather was born there less than 2 years after the future playwright. in 1914 my family moved to Lorain where my father was born 4 years later.
but family history isn't the reason I'm flying to St. Louis today. the opera there is doing a Britten work I've never heard.
while I'm away allow me to suggest a piece by Wayne Koestenbaum.