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Loving Day

Mat Johnson's novel Loving Day is all there in black and white

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Jun. 18, 2015

MAD's Greatest Writers: Frank Jacobs

Five decades of smart-aleck satire from a leader of "the usual gang of idiots"

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

At the Water's Edge

Looking for the Loch Ness Monster and finding love in World War II Scotland

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

A Touch of Stardust

Gable and Lombard and the making of Gone With the Wind as seen through the eyes of an aspiring author

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

The Cult of Truland

The glittery SoCal celeb set turns dark in this mystery with a satirical edge

Reviewed by Michael King, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

The Reluctant Matador

Paris-based FBI agent Hugo Marston's pursuit of a murderer leads him to Barcelona

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

Missing

The kidnapping of his stepdaughter in Mexico sends Jack Searle across the border to get her back

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

Exploring Calvin & Hobbes

A museum exhibition catalog examines the beloved comic strip and the man behind it

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

Nick Offerman's Gumption

The Parks & Rec actor profiles 21 of his personal heroes who have worked to make the world a better place

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967-1982

The formative years of Austin's vaunted live music scene spawned a visual soundtrack

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, May. 28, 2015

It's a Long Story: My Life

Austin outlaw Willie Nelson updates his 1988 autobiography

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 28, 2015

Brand New Ancients and Hold Your Own

UK poet-rapper Kate Tempest screams in both prose and meter

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Music, May. 28, 2015

See Hear Yoko

Yoko Ono in pictures

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, May. 28, 2015

Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story

Another micro UK label with macro influence

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, May. 28, 2015

NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990

Hardcore demanded history, so here it pounds

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Music, May. 28, 2015

Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

Johnny Rotten's second autobiography picks up from the Pistols' demise and pistons into the present

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 28, 2015

Lou Reed: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

Thirty years of final grouses from a New Yorker

Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, Music, May. 28, 2015

I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller

West Texan law fighter's mysterious death remains just that

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Music, May. 28, 2015

Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones' sacrificial lamb receives an overdue close-up

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 28, 2015

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

A long strange trip contextualized

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, May. 28, 2015

Talk That Music Talk: Passing on Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way

Coffeetable book on New Orleans? Dense ethnography and oral history of Crescent City brass bands!

Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Music, May. 28, 2015

Beale Street Dynasty

Historical overview of Memphis' legendary music row

Reviewed by Nina Hernandez, Music, May. 28, 2015

John Prine, In Spite of Himself

Unauthorized bio isn't even helped by its own subject

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, May. 28, 2015

Throwing Frisbees at the Sun: A Book About Beck

Fanboy Beck tome

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, May. 28, 2015

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Famed Austin composer appraises the autobiography of Philip Glass, father of the modern classical avant-garde

Reviewed by Graham Reynolds, Music, May. 28, 2015

Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors and Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane – Behemoth and Beyond

A lavish diary of Poland's black metal breakout Behemoth, and a book-length Q&A defense of frontman Adam Darski

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, May. 28, 2015

Barefoot Dogs

A Mexico City family scatters to the wind when its patriarch goes missing

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Apr. 30, 2015

Hausfrau

This first novel is about the desperation of a depressed expat housewife in Switzerland

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Apr. 30, 2015

Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent's Notebook

A UT professor recounts his three decades of reporting in Asia

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Apr. 30, 2015

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

This nonfiction account of a teen's encounters with sex, drugs, and jail is one long, raw primal scream

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Dec. 31, 2014

Brainquake

Sam Fuller's last novel is the perfect cap on his legacy of true-to-life, flamboyant, high-impact storytelling

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Dec. 23, 2014

The Making of Gone With the Wind

This account of the cinematic epic's epic creation is as full of drama and memorable characters as the film itself

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 16, 2014

Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film

This photographic record of Richard Linklater's landmark film shows a lot going on before and behind the camera

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Dec. 16, 2014

On the Road With Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas

The vibrant images of Texas taken by J. Griffis Smith will have you wanting to drive across the state yourself

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 16, 2014

The Devil's Backbone

Bill Wittliff's debut novel is a picaresque tale with a "Lucky Heart"

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Arts, Dec. 4, 2014

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

This meticulous biography paints a stunning portrait of the late-blooming English author

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Kathryn Harrison's look at Joan of Arc and her cultural legacy seeks to redefine this heroine for a new generation

Reviewed by Anne Harris, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography

Fashion takes a backseat in this biography of the storied designer, but it's an illuminating ride anyway

Reviewed by Brandon Watson, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story

Barbara Leaming's new biography makes the case that Jackie O suffered from PTSD

Reviewed by Amy Smith, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The origins of America's favorite Amazon are recounted with witty prose and superheroic scholarship

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

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