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Figuring Out What The Hell St. Louis Is Thinking

A typewriter for the "What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?" project sits in the Central West End in 2013. Passers-by were encouraged to anonymously share their thoughts.
Erin Williams
St. Louis Public Radio

In 2013, Henry Goldkamp decorated St. Louis with 40 typewriters. Each of the manual typewriter stations asked passers-by to tap out their thoughts.

Goldkamp dubbed the project “What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?” and has published a curated book of responses. The book, also called “What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?,” will be released on Nov. 22.

So what is St. Louis thinking?

“I don’t know if we really got an answer,” Goldkamp told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. “I think that might even be better because it kind of just recharged the mystery of the happiness that goes on around the city.”

Of more than 5,000 submissions, Goldkamp said the book includes about 350 “little glimpse(s) of someone’s life.” He said creating a book was always a project goal.

“I think that this is far from a masterpiece. I just think this is something that should be done. And it came out looking pretty neat.”

“St. Louis on the Air” discusses issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh. Follow us on Twitter: @STLonAir.

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