New Year, Who Dis?

Photo by Chris Andoe.

The year’s end is always a time of dichotomies: outrageous indulgence starting at Halloween and lasting through the New Year, followed by resolute promises to live on kale, water and spin classes the day the calendar flips over. It’s a time for reflection, for new growth and for looking ahead.

I’m feeling like 2019 is going to be a good year for us here in St. Louis. I’m looking forward to Out in STL’s continued presence, to maintaining the privilege of covering our community: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Speaking of, this issue’s chock full of all of it. Our indefatigable editor in chief Chris Andoe dives deep into the meth crisis, examining the insidious tentacles it stretches through all our lives. Raconteur Patrick Collins embeds with the GateKeepers, our city’s fantastic (and gay AF) men’s flat track roller derby squad. It’s bottoms up for K. Templeton with the magnificent Divas of the Grove, and she’s also got the details on SWITCH’s focus on party over profits. We’re proud to have a new voice in these pages, Sage Freeman. Her full-throated and provocative appeal for lovingkindness at the holidays is a must-read. And we knew Nancy Fuller was the perfect person for our travel feature when she began, “I know all 2,074 people in Eureka Springs.”

As for me? In 2019, I resolve to quit wasting time on brunches that don’t involve drag queens. How about you?

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