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Lit in the Time of Coronavirus
This is a story where we don’t know how it ends.
It starts in August 1972, my dad sealing the deal on a used two-tone cobalt/sky blue Cutlass while my mom and sisters and I sit inside on vinyl-covered bench seats, my mom protesting the very premise of “(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to be Right” by Luther Ingram.

1:00AM Thu. Mar. 12, Mark Gozonsky Read More | Comment »

Book Review: Barn 8
Imagine Moby Dick as a chicken.
Well, that's not quite right. Imagine, rather, Moby-Dick – the book – as a story about the industry that exploits chickens for their eggs. And imagine a quartet of Ahabs – though more disaffected than monomaniacal – on a crusade to crack that Great White Egg.

5:25PM Mon. Mar. 9, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Book Review: The Body Double
You remember the final scene of Sunset Blvd.. Norma Desmond is at the top of the staircase, eyes eerily wide, lost in the mad belief that she's back on set, about to be filmed. Her devoted manservant and former director Max yells, "Action!" and Norma makes that slow, spooky, gliding descent.
Cut to: Emily Beyda's The Body Double.

2:55PM Fri. Mar. 6, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Book Review: The Big Goodbye
Chinatownthe 1974 cinematic collaboration of director Roman Polanski, producer Robert Evans, screenwriter Robert Towne, and leading man Jack Nicholson – is back and then some.

12:05PM Tue. Feb. 25, David Gaines Read More | Comment »

Fernando Saralegui's Best Eats Havana
Fernando Saralegui wants you to try Cuban food—preferably in Cuba. “The food of Cuba is the food of the world,” says the Havana-born, Austin-based, New York transplant who has worked in kitchens from coast to coast.

4:35PM Tue. Feb. 18, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Opening the Case on the American Sherlock
Murder is Kate Winkler Dawson's business.
The UT-Austin lecturer, journalist, and documentary film producer has spent decades reporting on and studying violent crime. Now she's written a true-crime tale about the early days of criminal forensic investigation, American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI.

2:15PM Wed. Feb. 12, Mike Berry Read More | Comment »

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Matthew Patin Named Texas Book Festival Literary Director
Just in time for its milestone 25th anniversary, the Texas Book Festival has named its new literary director. He's Matthew Patin, a writer and editor who's been smithing words around the publishing field for 15 years and serving the festival in various capacities for five, and now he gets to curate its massive author lineup – starting now.

12:45PM Wed. Jan. 29, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Samuel Woolley and The Reality Game
Even before the 2016 election, an entire rogues' gallery of trolls, bots, artificial intelligences, and other malevolent online tools arrived to threaten democracy. As the 2020 elections loom, how will “fake news” and other forms of disinformation influence how we vote?

12:05PM Wed. Jan. 15, Mike Berry Read More | Comment »

Vision 2020: Austin Books We're Looking Forward to in the New Year
Austin has about as many writers as it does musicians, and every year more and more of them are getting published. We don't know all of the local authors with new books coming out in 2020, but we do know of a few, and these are the ones that have our bibliophilic senses buzzing.

11:15AM Thu. Jan. 9, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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