Jay Trachtenberg

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<i>The Teacher</i> by Michal Ben-Naftali
The Teacher
This prize-winning novel's tale of a student piecing together the hidden life of her teacher, a Holocaust survivor who killed herself, is haunting

Arts, Feb. 13, 2020

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Books of 2019
Jay Trachtenberg's Top Books of 2019
From the social upheaval of the Sixties to the double life of an intelligence agent to the secular past of an Orthodox rabbi, splits resolved into memorable books

Arts, Dec. 19, 2019

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges
Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Music, Dec. 5, 2019

Texas Platters
The Texas Horns
Get Here Quick (Record Review)

Music, Sept. 19, 2019

<i>An Accidental Cuban</i>
An Accidental Cuban
Joan Moran's up-to-the-minute page-turner exposes the dark and gritty side of Cuba with schemes full of treachery, double-dealing, and murder

Arts, July 11, 2019

Book Review: <i>Black Leopard, Red Wolf</i>
Book Review: Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James’ epic new novel is a literary phantasmagoria

Arts, April 2, 2019

Texas Platters
Rosie Flores
Simple Case of the Blues (Record Review)

Music, March 21, 2019

Top Books of 2018 for American Road Tripping
Top Books of 2018 for American Road Tripping
Two novels set on the open road and two accounts of life in Trump's White House all made for journeys deep into America today

Arts, Dec. 27, 2018

Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Music, Dec. 27, 2018

Best Live Music Performances of 2018
Best Live Music Performances of 2018
The bands and venues that kept our critics on their feet

Music, Dec. 27, 2018

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Been So Long: My Life and Music
Have a sip of Kool-Aid and flash back to the Haight-Asbury

Music, Dec. 20, 2018

Review: <i>Sophisticated Giant</i>
Review: Sophisticated Giant
The long-awaited bio of sax legend Dexter Gordon is here

Arts, Oct. 23, 2018

Review: <i>Lake Success</i>
Review: Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart's novel takes a witty bite out of the 0.01%

Arts, Sept. 13, 2018

<i>Presidio</i> by Randy Kennedy
Presidio by Randy Kennedy
For his debut novel, Kennedy creates a road story that portrays the harsh West Texas terrain beautifully and fills it with sympathetic characters.

Books, Sept. 13, 2018

Top 10 National Albums of 2017
Top 10 National Albums of 2017
National themed lists

Music, Dec. 28, 2017

2017 Music Critics Poll
2017 Music Critics Poll
Best roadshow, best new local acts, R.I.P.s, etc.

Music, Dec. 28, 2017

Bookmarked
Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2017
Four novels depict conflict and compassion in WWII Ukraine, present-day Pakistan and Israel, and a future America

Arts, Dec. 28, 2017

Texas Platters
Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour
Shoyn Avek Der Nekhtn (Record Review)

Music, Dec. 21, 2017

<i>Dinner at the Center of the Earth</i>
Dinner at the Center of the Earth
A riveting novel in which a Jewish American becomes and Israeli spy and then a traitor to his adopted country

Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
Altin Sencalar
Introducing Altin Sencalar (Record Review)

Music, Aug. 17, 2017

Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
Peacemakers
Peacemakers (Record Review)

Music, Aug. 17, 2017

Summer Jams Clearance Sale, Part 2
Adrian Ruiz Quintet
Premiere: A Collection of Originals (Record Review)

Music, Aug. 17, 2017

Texas Platters
Austin Jazz Workshop
Epistrophy: Austin Jazz Workshop Plays Thelonious Monk (Record Review)

Music, May 25, 2017

<i>American War</i> by Omar El Akkad
American War by Omar El Akkad
This dystopian novel of a late 21st century America split by civil war shows how vengeance survives down the generations

Arts, April 20, 2017

An Intimate Look at Guitar Virtuoso Bill Frisell
An Intimate Look at Guitar Virtuoso Bill Frisell
Film showcases an oeuvre of remarkable diversity

Screens, March 9, 2017

Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Top 10 National Albums of 2016
Our favorite picks from across the country

Music, Dec. 29, 2016

Critics Poll
Critics Poll

Music, Dec. 29, 2016

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2016
Top Books to Make Sense of a World Breaking Down
Three novels explore our planet in crisis in Israel, rust-belt Ukraine, and the Antarctic

Arts, Dec. 29, 2016

Rock & Roll Books
A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism
A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism

Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Texas Platters
Nori
World Anew (Record Review)

Music, Sept. 8, 2016

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