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Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta has written about tech, books, film, and TV for Slate, Atlantic, and Wall Street Journal nationally and for Texas Observer and Austin Monthly locally. He's been writing the Chronicle's "Help Desk" tech advice column since August 2014.

35 articles

Help Desk

Should parents have to check their phones at all hours?

Screens Column, Mar. 5, 2015

Help Desk

A business meeting goes well, but there's no follow-through. "Help Desk" to the rescue.

Screens Column, Feb. 19, 2015

Help Desk

Is arguing about anything other than the cuteness of cats and babies on Facebook worthwhile?

Screens Column, Feb. 5, 2015

Help Desk

The rise of flaky daters or just an uptick in choosiness? Help Desk takes a look.

Screens Column, Jan. 22, 2015

Help Desk

Can teens and adults safely connect on social media?

Screens Column, Jan. 8, 2015

Help Desk

Fast shipping, resolution keeping, and holiday sensitive emoji in this week's tech etiquette column

Screens Column, Dec. 23, 2014

Help Desk

Screens Column, Dec. 11, 2014

Writing the Frontier

First-time screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald scores big with The Homesman

Screens Feature, Nov. 26, 2014

Help Desk

What to do when you're faced with a personal crowdfunding conundrum

Screens Column, Nov. 26, 2014

Help Desk

Is Venmo tearing a relationship apart or pointing out a weakness?

Screens Column, Nov. 13, 2014

Help Desk

A teacher wonders if her sexy Groot Halloween costume will get her into trouble online

Screens Column, Oct. 30, 2014

Austin Film Festival: “Spoke” & Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs

Docs cheer a legendary dancehall and a favorite hometown weirdo

Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM

Austin Film Festival: Podcast People

John August takes his Scriptnotes podcast to church

Screens Daily, Oct. 26, 2014 8:37 AM

Austin Film Festival: The Golden Ages of Matthew Weiner

Mad Men auteur enters the Twilight Zone

Screens Daily, Oct. 25, 2014 8:24 AM

Help Desk

What to do when an online mug shot messes with your romantic prospects

Screens Column, Oct. 16, 2014

Help Desk: :( Help!

Human advice for the post-human world

Screens Column, Oct. 2, 2014

Help Desk

Human advice for the post-human world

Screens Column, Sep. 18, 2014

Help Desk

Human advice for a post-human world

Screens Feature, Aug. 28, 2014

Texas 'Forev'

Austin expats make good on the festival circuit with their debut indie comedy

Screens Feature, May. 15, 2014

South of the Border, and Much Further South

New films from Mexico and Chile dazzle at Cine Las Americas

Screens Daily, Apr. 28, 2014 1:04 PM

'The Immortalists'

Screens Feature, Mar. 15, 2014


Screens Feature, Mar. 14, 2014

SXSW Film Review: 'The Immortalists'

Meet two of our generation's would-be fountains of youth

SXSW Daily, Mar. 12, 2014 10:15 AM

SXSW Film Review: 'DamNation'

All will be affected by the film's tributes to paradise lost

SXSW Daily, Mar. 12, 2014 9:17 AM

SXSW Film Review: 'Cesar Chavez'

Diego Luna's biopic is a true hero's journey

SXSW Daily, Mar. 11, 2014 12:05 AM

NASA Wants You to Help Save the World

Space returns as the final frontier of Interactive programming

Screens Feature, Feb. 27, 2014

Under the Boardwalk

UT alum Sarah Cornwell shares her Jersey Shore-set novel

Books Daily, Jan. 22, 2014 12:00 PM

Peter Hedges in Real Life

The writer/director returns to his roots with new novel The Heights

Books Feature, Mar. 19, 2010

Words Are Bonds

Worlds intersect at the 17th annual Austin International Poetry Festival

Books Feature, Apr. 17, 2009

New in Print

Local author and poet Dave Oliphant translates Chilean anti-poet Nicanor Parra

Books Review, Mar. 6, 2009

America America

Shades of Chappaquiddick in the terrific novel about a political dynasty

Books Review, Jul. 4, 2008

The Second Plane: September 11: Terror and Boredom

Martin Amis tries breathlessly to evoke the post-9/11 change in the zeitgeist and, less successfully, to find a moral ground from which to respond

Books Review, Apr. 4, 2008

Dangerous Laughter: 13 Stories

Millhauser is a bit of an illusionist himself, trading in elaborate setups, allegorical sleight of hand, and fairy tales with something up their sleeve

Books Review, Feb. 29, 2008

Get Your Goat

A homegrown literary magazine celebrates 20 years of playing Host to Texas and the world

Books Feature, Jan. 11, 2008

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute: A Timeless Voyage From Paris to Marseilles

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute is the record of an epic adventure on the Autoroute de Sud, cobbled together from fragments composed on the road

Books Review, Dec. 21, 2007