On the occasion of the death of its beloved Kansas-born editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., the staff of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convenes to write his obituary. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories. A travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter. The Concrete Masterpiece, about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse, and his ravenous dealers. Revisions to a Manifesto, a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt and The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner, a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining.