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DVDanger: 'Heavy Metal Movies'

We understand. If you love gruesome movies, the holidays suck. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Sat. Jul. 5, Richard Whittaker

"Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant!"

Mix and match the colorful invective, dear reader! Read More | Comment »

12:05PM Wed. Apr. 16, Wayne Alan Brenner

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

You've got to trust me on this one, OK? Read More | Comment »

12:33PM Mon. Apr. 14, Wayne Alan Brenner

L.A. Chef Roy Choi Shares a Wild Tale

Roy Choi wastes no time establishing the mission of his memoir, spelling it out on page one of the intro: “I had to…tell the story of my journey from immigrant to latchkey kid to lowrider to misfit to gambler to a chef answering his calling.” Read More | Comment »

3:40PM Mon. Mar. 17, Mick Vann

Reading to Celebrate All Year

This last day of February marks the conclusion of Black History Month, but hopefully the celebration of some of our country’s best writers will continue throughout the year. Read More | Comment »

3:42PM Fri. Feb. 28, Jessi Cape

'The Death Penalty Is About Us'

The year Sister Helen Prejean published her bestselling book Dead Man Walking – 1993 – was the same year the World Wide Web was born. The youngest voters today were born the same year – 1995 – that the film version of the book was released, resulting in multiple Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Susan Sarandon who played Sister Helen. Read More | Comment »

9:35AM Tue. Dec. 3, 2013, Jessi Cape

Cinema Club Deconstructs 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

Unpacking a Wes Anderson movie is like digging through the world's most twee luggage set. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Wed. Nov. 6, 2013, Monica Riese

Mommy's New Tattoo

Why does someone get a tattoo?
Why does someone's mother get a tattoo? Read More | Comment »

2:37PM Thu. Oct. 31, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Pregame the Texas Book Festival With These 50 Classics

Do electric sheep dream of pathos? Rummage through Philip K. Dick with author Kevin Smokler, and they may. Read More | Comment »

4:31PM Mon. Oct. 21, 2013, Anne Harris

Immerse Yourself in Anne Hull's Words

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Hull spoke Tuesday night at the University of Texas, discussing the state of modern journalism and her work documenting the human side of the biggest stories of our day. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Wed. Oct. 2, 2013, Rod Machen

How Do You Define Soul Food?

"What’s the difference between Southern food and soul food?” That is a question I hear a lot. My answer is always the same: Depends on whom you ask. Read More | Comment »

1:48PM Fri. Sep. 20, 2013, Toni Tipton-Martin

Texas Book Festival Announces Full Lineup

Texas Book Festival authors, friends, and coordinators gathered at The Contemporary Austin tonight to share some exciting news. Read More | Comment »

8:24PM Tue. Sep. 10, 2013, Monica Riese

Get Off Your Ass and Change the World

Despite the exhausting recent headlines from around the globe, there are those people among us who see a problem and simply start working on a solution. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Fri. Sep. 6, 2013, Jessi Cape

Your Coffee Table's Begging For Books Like These

1. It's about goddam time: Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Tue. Sep. 3, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

What Can You Expect From a Central Market Cooking Class?

These classes have all the ingredients that matter. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Mon. Aug. 19, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

'What the Fuck Should I Drink?'

Have a friend that simply must throw the word "fuck" onto every single sentence? We’ve found the ideal cocktail book just for them! Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Mon. Jul. 29, 2013, Wes Marshall

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: 'The Drunken Botanist' Reviewed

“This book came out of a conversation with a fellow plant researcher, when he told me he didn’t care for gin,” Amy Stewart told me during her recent visit to Austin to promote her latest best seller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks (Ten Speed Press, $19.95). Read More | Comment »

9:18AM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Claudia Alarcón

Gatsby Cocktails: Classic Cocktails from The Jazz Age

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” —The Great Gatsby Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Sat. May. 11, 2013, Gracie Salem

Happy Bard Day!

If you don't already know, Shakespeare is a chronic condition. Once the Bard is in the blood, he's there for life, and the afflicted simply has to learn to deal with the cravings for iambic pentameter and profoundly human characters. Fortunately, books such as the newly published Living With Shakespeare can help manage the disease. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Tue. Apr. 23, 2013, Robert Faires

The Q&A Hole: What Extinct Animal Would You Bring Back To Life?

Ah, yeah, we should've realized that some form of dinosaur would be far and away the most popular creature here … Read More | Comment »

11:31AM Mon. Feb. 11, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

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