By Jonas Weir and Evan Wood
The Kansas City Royals are officially America’s darlings. About 67 percent of the United States is rooting for the Royals over the Orioles in the American League Championship. Just look at this map ESPN put together. On the other hand, the country is more divided on who they’re rooting for to win it all. Understandably, so is our state. Here at Missouri Life, we’re just rooting for an I-70 Series. The Royals/Orioles series starts tonight, and the Cards face off against the Giants tomorrow.
In other good news, Gone Girl, which was filmed in Cape Girardeau and based on Missouri author Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, had the biggest opening weekend for any David Fincher film, earning $38 million. The disturbing, gripping, and occasionally funny thriller is also earning good reviews, earning an 87 percent freshness rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The week hasn’t been all around great for Missouri, though. Protests and racial tension continue in St. Louis after another white police officer shot and killed a black teenager on Wednesday night. As in the case of Michael Brown's death, the facts of the case are being released as the story develops.
In not strictly good or bad news, ride-for-hire app Uber has officially come to St. Louis and Columbia. The company has been the subject from criticism for everything from questionable business practices to sketchy drivers but it is undeniably easier than using a cab, perhaps because it significantly reduces the amount of human interaction involved (i.e. phone calls, paying drivers, and tipping).
Lastly, Gawker published an essay this week penned by Hamilton Nolan about his recent visit to Branson. The essay follows a press tour through Branson as well as parts of Arkansas, and is largely a fish-out-of-water travel narrative (Hamilton is from New York). Even to Missourians, Branson is a perplexing and fascinating place, and whether you've been there or not, you probably have an opinion of it. Although Hamilton ultimately declares "Branson, Missouri is one big jangling monument to the failures of cool," his observations and analysis of what it even means to be cool (or to want to be cool) make the essay a worthwhile read.