A Midwesterner from head to toe, David Lancaster has lived in St. Louis his whole life, although he did spend one youthful summer emoting his way around Italy with a theater troupe. When he’s not editing Where St. Louis, which he’s done for 26 years, he likes to garden, write unpublished novels, throw his weight around on the local planning and zoning commission, and make art that he has shown in St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco. He also likes to gush over his home-away-from-home as editor of Kansas City Where GuestBook.
In 1923, Marcel Duchamp—considered by many to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century—famously abandoned his art career and devoted the rest of his life to chess. “I have come to the personal conclusion,” he said, “that...