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The Q&A Hole: Why Are People So Violent Toward Each Other
With Denise Prince, Bob Duke, Chris Brown, Rebecca Schwarz, and more
DAILY Chronolog  October 4, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If I was living in Europe back then, living in a village somewhere, and somebody wanted some of my stuff, it would not be unusual for somebody to hit me over the head with a really big rock and take it. That was the reality then..."

What a Drag
West Campus Loses a Piece of Historic Charm
News Story  August 29, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"..."The day Les Amis closed, that's when reality hit," sighs Frank Hilbolt, co-owner of Technophilia, Austin's first store to sell used compact discs. Long before the era of the CD, though, before the epoch of the strip mall and the era of corporate conformity, there was the Bluebonnet Plaza -- a ramshackle but cozy clutch of shops and restaurants nestled at 24th and San Antonio Streets directly behind the Drag's Tower Records..."

The Q&A Hole: Why Didn't the World End?
With: John Erler, Annie La Ganga, Arcie Cola, Owen Egerton, and more
DAILY Chronolog  December 24, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Debra Broz of Pump Project: Response A: Maybe it did end and we all just woke up in an alternate reality. Response B: Because it would just be too simple..."

TV Eye: It Was a Very Good Year
The usual suspects and a few surprises marked a great year on TV
Screens Column  January 7, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...7) 'MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE' (TNT) The male version of Sex and the City? Cut out the glam and infuse more reality, a bit of a middle-aged spread, and a lot more heart, and you get the picture...."

Building Buzz, One 'Bag' at a Time
The Duplass Brothers buck New York and Los Angeles to premiere 'Baghead' here in the town where they started it all
Screens Story  June 6, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Baghead is many things: a drama about people in their 20s and 30s struggling to communicate, a satirical send-up of actors who decide to write movies for themselves after it becomes clear their careers are going nowhere, a classic slasher genre film plucked right out of the 1970s, complete with a cabin in the woods, a homicidal maniac, and exposed breasts. Or maybe Baghead is really just about the increasingly blurry line between movies and reality in our media-saturated age, a study in postmodern self-reflexivity and irony taken to confusing heights: a movie about out-of-work actors getting tormented by a man with a bag over his head making a movie about out-of-work actors getting tormented by a man with a bag over his head...."

Portrait of the Artist as a Road Comic
Long Drives, Low Pay, and Drunks -- What a Life!
Arts Story  March 28, 1997, by J. C. Shakespeare
"...Later, I hook the camcorder up to the TV and watch my set from the night before. This is an invaluable exercise, for one's perception of how a set went is often very different from the recorded reality..."

After a Fashion: Granted
Stephen put his heart on the line and has peace to show for it
Columns  March 8, 2013, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...Grant was the star of the show, working my clothes as if they'd been designed for him ... which in a certain reality, they were..."

Everybody Has a Secret Life in the Movies
Authors Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree eloquently show us how.
DAILY Books  October 23, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But imagine a literary work – such as you might expect from a man who's been a professorial lecturer at Stanford (McGriff) and a man who's an associate editor at the New England Review (Tyree) – imagine a literary work, I say, that is just as gripping and compelling as some belles-lettres version of "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" because it captures, without any pinchbeck zombies or whatnot, just being human, just being an ordinary, reality-suffering human, so perfectly spot-on and with no small amount of humor...."

It's a Family Affair
Sharing Thanksgiving with relatives at Texas Stadium one last time
DAILY Sports  December 2, 2008, by Cindy Widner
"...But – to drag poor Tolstoy into this – my family has been unhappy in its own way, and it was usually the way that afforded the most drama. It was therefore comforting (not to mention distracting) to live in a city – Fort Worth, TX – where someone in the public eye – Jerry Jones – had a crew that was usually even more effed up than yours. While the non-Metroplex part of the world may have looked on in disgust, we found comfort and delight in the endless parade of closet cases, felonious crybabies, ice-befuddled linemen, supreme showboats, reality shows, and questionably charismatic nonclosers, and could only be thrilled by Jones' ever-freakier plastic surgeries..."

Once a Cardinal, Always a Cardinal
Josh Hancock, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, dead at 29
DAILY Sports  April 29, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"...He was drafted as a starter, after all, and he made his way as a long reliever. I'm pretty sure he could have pulled it off. But Hancock is no longer an option, and that is a painful reality..."

Between Round Rock and a Hard Place
Northridge Acres can't find water, water anywhere.
News Story  November 15, 2002, by Walter Howerton Jr
"...And an anonymous voice from deep inside the Austin planning establishment hinted that there could be some reality to those fears. "Can you imagine what that place would be worth if it had water and sewer?" he said...."

For 2001, a Kubrick Odyssey
In this biographical film documentary, legendary film director Stanley Kubrick is exposed by his brother-in-law and frequent collaborator Jan Harlan for the artist and family man he was.
Screens Story  October 12, 2001, by Anne S. Lewis
"...But he did not discuss the film itself or only in very general terms. The so-called orgy scene in Eyes Wide Shut, for example, was supposed to be completely stylized, removed from all reality, a Hieronymus Bosch-like canvas, depicting an abyss of decadence and sinfulness..."

Confessions of a Cowboy
Working a cattle drive in Texas in the 1870s probably wasn't like what you imagine; ask Frank Harris -- he was there and he knows.
Books Story  May 26, 2000, by James C. Simmons
"...His seduction of Jessie was little more than a commonplace exhibition of boyhood lust. Later in his life, Harris insisted that lust was as important a reality as love and we should accept it as such without trying to hide it under more poetic names...."

It's a Family Affair
A Helping Hand
Arts Story  November 6, 1998, by John Walch
"...Cash, though, is an inescapable reality. The producers of MOMFEST hope to see enough profit from this year's festival to help pay for a year-round office space and a head start on MOMFEST 1999..."

Room With a View
La Zona Rosa's Ripple Effect
Music Story  September 19, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...The still revitalizing La Zona Rosa photograph by Kenny Braun In truth, the war hasn't really started," says Liberty Lunch owner Mark Pratz of a highly anticipated booking battle that local music insiders say is about to erupt between Austin's mid-size venues. "I think we've been operating more on the anticipation of it than the reality of it..."

'A Scanner,' Before and After
An interview with producer Tommy Pallotta and animators Jason Archer and Paul Beck
Screens Story  July 7, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly, first published in 1977, seems remarkably prescient, with overtones of government surveillance, corporate malfeasance, and jagged bursts of paranoia that, in the end, are entirely warranted. It's almost as though reality is finally catching up to Philip K..."

Programs That Let Austin Youth Speak Out A Stage of Their Own
Arts Story  August 18, 1995, by Danielle McClelland
"..."We have to bust our butts. The reality is that the theatre world is not gonna come to us." But despite the rigors, Bell is getting to do the kind of work she has wanted for years..."

With a View
Kyle Henry and Cyndi Williams relive the making of 'Room'
Screens Story  April 7, 2006, by Spencer Parsons
"...Kyle Henry: Well, honestly, in 2001 and 2002, the main time that I was writing and working on this, reality seemed like a bad dream that you couldn't wake up from. And it only just went from bad to worse..."

Page Two: Variation on a Theme
Following the logical threads of a revolution
Columns  July 24, 2009, by Louis Black
"...What if perception is not reality? What if, rather than an apathetic citizenry, there is an unusually engaged citizenry? If, rather than the masses being disenfranchised, instead they are empowered? If, rather than the last century being a movement away from individual rights and toward fascism and complete government control, the movement was very much in the opposite direction? What if real authority was not in the hands of conspiratorial dictatorial cliques but instead was very much driven by the people?..."

Money, It's a Gas
Economics, schmeconomics: Chronicle reviewer Roger Gathman compiles the latest books about the (almost) first commodity, money.
Books Story  January 14, 2000, by Roger Gathman
"...I have troubles with this vision of the world. First, Friedman's reasoning is in a slight but distinct disconnect from reality -- the East Asian crisis looks more like the failure of globalism than its triumph..."

Always on a Sunday: The Comedians of 'Thinning the Herd'
Tyler Bryce wrangles up an improv-spiked weight-loss competition
DAILY Arts  January 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...It's like something from reality tv, except it's not on tv at all and it's based heavily in reality...."

A Cacophony of Passions
Why the City Council changed the boards and commissions system – and what still needs to be done
News Story  January 30, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...A big reason council has never instituted board-communication policies is the sheer volume of citizen advisory groups. While all board members consider their own mission top-of-the-list – that's why they volunteer their time – the reality of a council member's or aide's overburdened bad-day schedule can make the chorus of 400 to 500 civic voices grate like an irritating cacophony..."

A Question of Equity
Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?
Arts Story  June 9, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...The dose of reality in Austin is that even with the union in ascendance, money is still scant. And no matter how comforting it is that the union's presence ensures fair treatment of its members, there is no guarantee of employment for those same members..."

About a Boy
On Aaron Swartz, the NSA, and the complicated story of digital reality
Screens Story  March 7, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...AC: The more information that arrives to the public via, for instance, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Anonymous, et al., points to a huge disconnect between the government and digital reality...."

A Long, Strange Trip
The long, strange trip of The Saragossa Manuscript, Jerry Garcia's favorite film.
Screens Story  February 25, 2000, by David Lynch
"...Which is fine, because The Saragossa Manuscript doesn't shoot for hyperrealism, but rather is a comedic and existential play on life's complexities. The film wraps up at the end, but true to form not traditionally: A slight surprise recontextualizes the entire film, and as in Pink Floyd's The Wall, the end becomes beginning, and vice versa.Life Imitating Art Given Saragossa's irreverent treatment of reality, its meta-story structure, and its subtle humor, it's not surprising it would influence Garcia, a reality-bender in his own right..."

Living in a Dream
Too Many Ways to Fall
Music Story  May 13, 1999, by Andy Langer
"...He got right into it. For him, I think his dream of what it was going to be and reality were different..."

It's a Mystery to Me
Books Story  April 22, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...There's a jagged elegance to Hanson's writing -- whether his characters are enveloped in the jungles of Vietnam or the mean streets of the city, or merely trying to keep the much-clawed walls of memory from closing in on them. All the pieces included here throb with a hopped-up reality; you can almost smell the sour breath of fear from the narrator's voice..."

A Better Tomorrow
For years, the city of Austin's arts funding process has been mired in perpetual gloom, but with the city reviewing its Cultural Contracts Program, artists and arts companies talking with each other about collaborations and a shared vision of what the arts mean to Austin, there are glimmers of light on the city's arts funding horizon.
Arts Story  October 11, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...Conversations ranged from a public art master plan for downtown to affordable housing for artists to individual artistic vision versus broad public audience expectations. As with the coalition meeting that would follow in September, recurring themes included cooperation and sharing of resources, raising public awareness of Austin as a cultural leader, and creating an environment that reflects that reality..."

Huckleberry Minh: A Walk Through Dreamland
Books Review  May 27, 1999
"...There is something infinitely misty about Ms. Shalit's hook-up with reality..."

Austin Film Festival: Setting as a Character
Location, location, location
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...For the unforgettable climax of True Detective, the stone grotto buried deep in the woods was the perfect place for the height of the action. In reality, it is an old antebellum fort that Fukunaga stumbled upon...."

Bringing Home the Bacon, in a Kind of Time Machine
Flying Pig Provision Company's old-school smoke
Food Story  January 24, 2014, by Kate Thornberry
"...It sounds like a volume to be found in the library at Hogwarts. In reality, it is a book published by Yankee magazine that provides how-to instructions for projects such as digging a well, making an apple press, and building a smokehouse..."

After a Fashion
Our Style Avatar gives the lowdown on the TV Judges' style (or lack thereof).
Columns  August 10, 2001, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...The other is the clothes the litigants wear. Anyone who ever doubts the deplorable depths to which fashion has fallen is in for an extremely ugly reality check..."

MFA and Prevenge Give the Revenge Genre a Feminist Spin
Vengeance is hers
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"..."Who's protecting us?" Noelle asks a friend, pinpointing the bleak reality of sexual assault – rapists manage to float by with a slap on the wrist, while their victims are ostracized and called liars and sluts by everyone from their peers to the police...."

Austin as Tech Hub: Myth or Reality?
Start-ups abound here in Bat City, but they rarely stick around
Screens Story  October 27, 2016, by Johnny Holden


The Fabric of Reality (TV)?
Put this in your sewing machine and stitch it
DAILY Design  January 26, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner


After a Fashion
The Style Avatar's Botox experiments -- and their eyebrow-raising results!
Columns  July 5, 2002, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...But it didn't matter what my friends thought -- I was unhappy with the lines across my forehead and between my brows. I'd considered having Botox around my eyes, but in reality, there were no lines around my eyes..."

After a Fashion
Fur is back, just like it's always been.
Columns  September 10, 1999, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...It conjures up such cute images of the animals lounging around in little bandanas and cowboy hats, chewing tobacco and shootin' the breeze. Though in reality this may not be the case, it makes us feel better anyway..."

Raise a Glass to 'Drinking Buddies'
Something big is brewing with Joe Swanberg these days
Screens Story  September 6, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"..."I was terrified of screwing it up," he said. "I didn't want to be the guy who made the terrible craft beer movie and then suddenly I couldn't go drinking at my favorite bars in Chicago anymore." Luckily his old high school friend Andrew Mason is now production manager at Three Floyds Brewing, just outside of Chicago in Munster, Ind., and he became "the beer consultant on the movie." Swanberg also had assistance from the staff at Chicago's Revolution Brewing, where the film was shot, while Kate Thomas of Half Acre Beer Company, the inspiration for Wilde's character, walked the actress through the reality of being a woman in this particular male-dominated industry..."

The Q&A Hole: What Extinct Animal Would You Bring Back To Life?
With Matt Oztalay, Peter-John Byrnes, Wiley Wiggins, and more
DAILY Books  February 11, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."When I eventually learn the angelic tongue so long sought after by the sophists, alchemists, and quacks of old (and thereby enter into reality's secret "cheat" mode), one of the first things I'll do with my terrifying god-powers is restore Spinosaurus to its rightful place at the top of the food chain. Why would I unleash this kind of havoc on an unsuspecting mankind? It's for their own damn good..."

More Q&A with Marc Ott
The new city manager on council initiatives, city planning priorities, and the change in the weather at City Hall
News Story  August 15, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...The funding standard we have is that we want 80 percent of our streets in fair, good, or excellent condition. And the reality is, the percent of our streets that are in poor condition is greater than 20 percent..."

After a Fashion
Who are the up-and-comers coming up from UT Fashion program? Plus, Your Style Avatar weighs in on the controversial subject of little stickers with kids' names, sport, team, and jersey number on the back of SUVs.
Columns  April 29, 2005, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...The quality of the fabric was definitely at a new high, with many students obviously buying their fabrics somewhere other than Austin. The collections also seemed to be geared strictly for the runway and the red carpet – which makes a great show, but the reality is that very few of these designers' work will ever wind up there..."

A Cuppa Hot Joe
On a comedy club stage, News Radio star Joe Rogan exudes a mad joy for life in all its insanity, depravity, and delicious dirt; if Henry Miller had done stand-up, it would have come out like Joe Rogan's act.
Arts Story  May 4, 2001, by J. C. Shakespeare
"...It's all ratings, they're just trying to make money. Everybody's wondering how all these Survivor-type shows are on the air, why are all these horrible reality shows happening? They're happening because they make assloads of money..."

Holograms of a Different Stripe
Zebra Imaging and the Future of Holograms
Screens Story  August 7, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...In alleged layman's terms, and holding up a Coke can as a reference point, Ferdman describes Zebra's process - using Silicon Graphics' Infinite Reality workstations and a series of red, green, and blue lasers wholly created in-house - this way: "A coherent laser shines an object beam, bouncing off the Coke can, which spreads the beam which in turn hits the film. Then you have something else called a reference beam, which spreads the light out and sends it straight toward the film and creates an interference pattern between the object, and then that reference gets recorded on that film...."

Working for a Living
Drummer Turned Booking Agent, Davis McLarty
Music Story  December 5, 1997, by Andy Langer
"..."The reality is that Jon Dee Graham doesn't mean a whole lot out there nationwide yet, and that for as successful as Kelly Willis is, there are places she has trouble going," says McLarty. "But I also like to consider Texas a nation in itself..."

Page Two: Mutiny: A Ballet in Several Parts
Part II, Illustration Not Validation
Columns  May 14, 2010, by Louis Black
"...The Caine Mutiny brilliantly encapsulates and illustrates the ways that perception can become reality in the minds of some. When this happens, the biggest problem is not the incidents themselves, but how those experiencing them are so certain that they are absolutely right: They become convinced that their perceptions, rather than skewing things in any way because of personal beliefs, are instead the absolute truth..."

Medicaid Patients Face a Future Without Planned Parenthood
“I don’t know where I would go”
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Since Medicaid is barred from paying for abortions, any removal would in reality block access to contraception, breast cancer screenings, STI testing, screenings and treatment for cervical cancer, physical exams, pregnancy testing and counseling, and certain procedures including biopsies and colposcopies – all services provided by Planned Parenthood – for the state's poorest women. Sparks plans to make a firmer preliminary ruling by Feb..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Programs A & B
Misery and suffering know no national borders, but refugees from those conditions know all too well their demarcations. That is the message that comes through clearly in these five contenders...
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Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film presents a ground-level view of their work. “Watani: My Homeland” also begins in Aleppo and reveals the harsh reality of a married couple and their four children..."

How to Read a Charter Amendment
Ballot language too confusing? Let us translate!
News Story  March 17, 2006, by Michael King
"...If you vote for the amendment, Big Brother will set up a permanent electronic outpost in your brain; the voices in your head will be broadcast from the top of City Hall; every elected and appointed city official will become an instant reality TV show webcast to your home; the city funding for everything but Tasers will be sacrificed to pay for Austin Web Central; your home will be confiscated for unpaid and unpayable property taxes; and the world will come to an end...."

Myth, Reality, and the State Budget Surplus
Depending on who's doing the talking, next year's budget will have Texas sitting on billions of dollars ... or hot air
News Story  December 22, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...There are two things certain in Texas – painful property tax bills and politicians who promise R-E-L-I-E-F in campaign commercials. Oh, the heartburn of reality TV..."

Commissioners Vote to Fund D.A.'s Public Integrity Unit
State funds for PIU previously vetoed by Perry
DAILY News  August 6, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Should the county just dump them? "What do we do with them?" he asked. "Just hope they go away?" When Daugherty continued to talk around his assertion that Lehmberg should have resigned in order to save the funds, but without actually saying that directly ("sometimes we have to deal with the reality of ways to do things and if these [things] aren't chosen," he awkwardly continued), Biscoe again jumped in: "What other way are you talking about?" he asked..."

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