Trouble in Trapper City: Sam the Dog Revisited 1 (2014)

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Trouble in Trapper City: Sam the Dog Revisited 1 (2014)

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In the late 1990s, as newspaper publishing began the slow slide that continues today, a quixotic editor named Cole Campbell (now deceased) assumed the editorship of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, once the pride of Joseph Pulitzer. Among the projects Campbell championed was a beautifully illustrated serial that ran on the Saturday editorial page.

D.B. Dowd’s acidly satirical Sam the Dog ran for 108 weeks from 1997 and 1999. An allegory of race and class in St. Louis, these excerpts from the serial now read like a Hogarthian meditation on Ferguson, Missouri before the fact. These little books are bleak, rich, dense and grimly funny. 

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