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Pulp Fiction
Tarantino's second feature film lights up the screen with the same blazing torch that it carries for the idea of the movies.
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Film Review  October 14, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria De Medeiros, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis. Screw pulp fiction..."

Sehr Flash: Fiction Becomes Music
Austin composer Russell Podgorsek teams with lit journal NANO Fiction to create short short stories with original scores
Arts Story  October 15, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...That's the title of a unique project which bridges the fields of literature and musical composition. Taking its name from a Germanic notation in music – "sehr rasch" means the tempo should be "very quick" – this cross-disciplinary collaboration has a couple of local composers creating new pieces of chamber music based on newly commissioned works of flash fiction, those really short short stories that clock in at under a thousand words each...."

The One About Erotic 'Harry Potter' Fan Fiction
Filmmaker Clay Liford on fan fiction from '50 Shades' to 'Star Trek'
DAILY Screens  September 21, 2013, by Clay Liford
"...My name is Clay, and my short film at Fantastic Fest this year is the one about erotic Harry Potter fan fiction...."

Plump Fiction
There is a popular line of metaphysical thought that says each person has their own personal heaven or hell preordained by the powers that be. Each heaven is different in...

Film Review  September 4, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Something, anything, to keep a civil distance between Them and Me. It's rare that a film can enact a spiritual change of this magnitude in a reviewer, but Plump Fiction, with its audacious inanity and harrowing lack of smarts, accomplishes the trick in spades..."

Face to Face With Fiction
Five notable authors come to New Fiction Confab
Books Story  April 12, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...Pop stars and plane crashes, cultists and zombies: If these are a few of your favorite things, you're in luck. This weekend, the fourth annual New Fiction Confab is bringing a quintet of contemporary authors to town whose recent works include all of the above and more...."

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Less a doc than a lyrical presentation of the cult actor and surprising song man.
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Film Review  September 27, 2013, by Marc Savlov
"...Alternating between color footage and the genius interplay of startlingly lovely sequences of Stanton singing and playing harmonica in granular black-and-white, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction perfectly captures the essence of the man. Richard Linklater has said that there once was a god who walked the Earth named Warren Oates..."

Austin Film Festival: Science Fiction vs. Science Fact
The facts of the matter must serve the characters and story
DAILY Screens  October 25, 2014, by Rod Machen
"...While science fiction has become one of the major tentpoles holding up the Hollywood system, it’s not all lasers and aliens when it comes to making a quality sci-fi flick...."

Stranger Than Fiction
A good movie but not a great one, Stranger Than Fiction is reminiscent of the films of Charlie Kaufman but lacks that writer’s conceptual rigor and imaginative power.
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Film Review  November 10, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...In fact, the only reason Harold is still alive is that Eiffel is suffering from an epic case of writer’s block and can’t figure out the best way to off him. A good movie but not a great one, Stranger Than Fiction is reminiscent of the films of Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) but lacks that writer’s conceptual rigor and imaginative power..."

Follow That Fiction
American Short Fiction launches a new issue and a new craft series
DAILY Books  August 4, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Many a writer will swear by the effectiveness of a nice glass of vino in loosing the creative juices, which makes House Wine the perfect venue for American Short Fiction's upcoming craft talk...."

American Short Fiction's Long To-Do List
Contests, classes, and Ben Marcus at BookPeople
DAILY Books  January 5, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...American Short Fiction editor Jill Meyers recently dropped us a line about what's happening in ASF's near future, and goodness, it's a full slate...."

Science Fiction Gets the Vapors
On steampunk
Books Story  July 25, 2008, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."We're living in science fiction," people like to say...."

Page Two: Fictional Fiction According to John Irving
Louis Black interviews his former writing teacher about his latest novel, Avenue of Mysteries
Columns  November 5, 2015, by Louis Black
"...Below is a consideration of fiction, writing, and the writer. Next week in "Page Two" we'll run another chunk of the interview...."

Virgin Fiction
First-time publication is like a cotillion for writers, Martin Wilson writes as he reviews five new first novels. And debut novelists are the gussied-up belles at the ball, with butterflies in their stomachs, dreaming of the glorious future that awaits them.
Books Story  April 27, 2001, by Martin Wilson
"...Mary and O'Neil: Fictionby Justin Cronin The Dial Press, 246 pp., $21.95..."

Nisi Shawl Is Crossing the Streams of Fantastical Fiction
The Tiptree-winning author brings her new alt-history to the ATX
DAILY Arts  September 7, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That is, you can learn such a thing from Nisi Shawl’s novel Everfair – which the author will be presenting as part of the latest iteration of Fantastical Fictions...."

Young Adult Fiction
Mobley's mighty music
DAILY Music  October 1, 2012, by William Harries Graham
"...2, which is HAAM Day. It's called Young Adult Fiction, but it could be called Modern Torch..."

Get Your Hot, Fresh Short Fiction Right Here
American Short Fiction hits newsstands
DAILY Books  May 12, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Looking for a short fiction fix? Look no further than the aptly titled American Short Fiction , with a fresh issue on stands now...."

Downtown Owl: A Novel
In his fiction debut, pop-culture critic Chuck Klosterman carries over the best and worst of his distinctive voice
Books Review  October 3, 2008, by Audra Schroeder
"...In an interview with the Chronicle two years ago (see "Truth and Inconsequences," Sept. 22, 2006), Chuck Klosterman revealed his next book would be a piece of fiction, stating, "I often use my life as a literary device, and the problem with that is as my life changes, what I want to write about has to change." Klosterman's best known as a critic with a healthy number of pop-culture-obsessed books and magazine columns under his belt..."

Page Two: Life, Fiction, and Selling Out
Life, fiction, and selling out
Columns  March 31, 2006, by Louis Black
"...Roberts is a music-business and music legend who has been Young's longtime manager. I'm aiming at trying to talk about art and commerce, love and subsistence, life and fiction – not as distinct entities, but rather the effort is to erase boundaries, because any specific categorization is a self-indulgent fiction..."

Fact or Fiction
Postmarks  February 26, 2016
"...Maybe the periodical is really just an opinion publication which should be clearly noted in "News" sections. Inquiring minds want to know: Fact or fiction?!..."

Rules for Werewolves
This tale of runaways prowling suburbia in a pack recalls the eerie unreality of The Twilight Zone
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...If the title has you thinking you've finally found a Jane Austen-esque comedy of manners for that die-hard member of Team Jacob in your life, please note this disclaimer: The debut novel by ATX dramatist Kirk Lynn contains zero Regency romance, few manners, and the amount of literal lycanthropy – the whole full-moon fang-sprouting and fur-erupting of horror film and fiction – is left to the reader's imagination...."

Science-Fiction Cinema
Water wars
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...When the near-future eco-drama The Well screens at the Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival, it will be a homecoming of sorts. After all, if it wasn't for Texas-shot All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, writer Jacob Forman and director Tom Hammock would never have made their debut feature..."

Science-Fiction Cinema
Other Worlds Austin film festival debuts; interviews with the directors of Apt 3D and The Well featured
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The inaugural Other Worlds Austin film festival, which is dedicated to the presentation of science-fiction filmmaking, takes place Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec..."

Fiction Favorites
From postapocalyptic islands to mining camps in Nevada, these novels will rock your world
Books Story  October 25, 2013


Rob Thomas' Unlikely Route to Young Adult Fiction
'Veronica Mars' creator dishes on teens, fans, and the movie
DAILY Books  September 26, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...RT: Right. I didn't have a real good conception of what the boundaries of young adult fiction were..."

The Age of Miracles
Apocalypse Wow: 'The Age of Miracles'
Books Story  June 15, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...But make no mistake: This book cuts bone-deep with a creeping kind of terror. There are horrors here common to end-times fiction – flora and fauna extinction, a gravity sickness that strikes indiscriminately – but it's the more philosophical ramifications of "The Slowing" that rattle the nerves: the transience of hard fact in a world that changes overnight, every night; the tribalism that sours one neighbor against another; and the series of lasts – "It was the last time I ever tasted a grape," Julia recalls without fanfare – that are inevitable but still a shock to the system..."

The Book of Khalid
Maps to the Middle East: 'The Book of Khalid'
Books Story  June 15, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...As if Rihani had a crystal ball, Khalid's motives and actions are reminiscent of the Occupy movement, the Egyptian revolt, and other recent global events of political and social awakening. Rihani provides an ingenious glimpse of both progressive beliefs and hesitancy toward change in this cerebral and poignant work of fiction..."

Here's a Brief Platter of Tasty Pop-Fiction Palaver
With a side of kaeng la-tey, farang
DAILY Books  May 17, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"... Again: It was as if the author had decided, Well, okay, I put enough work into the first novel, and never mind reveling in the depths of character, let's just streamline this one so it requires less effort for me to write and for the average reader to consume. Sad, y'know? [ Listen: If we wanted to read Teflon-coated Lite fiction, we'd already be doing that (we already do do that, occasionally) with the wide variety of options available and constantly renewed everywhere else..."

Woodsburner: A Novel
Jumping off from Thoreau
Books Review  May 1, 2009, by James Renovitch
"...It's an event largely overlooked in biographies but one that Pipkin argues was a driving force for a great man struggling to find direction in life. But what starts as a pulse-quickening work of historical fiction takes a turn to follow various characters affected by the fire...."

Private Midnight
Private Midnight vaults from police procedural to erotic thriller to occult horror to philosophical tome
Books Review  April 10, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ritter's internal monologue starts off sounding like a cop written by someone who knows law enforcement only from reading high-end and pulp detective fiction. When it works, it's witty, culturally rich, and brutal in a seedy way..."

Indignation
Philip Roth's latest is a detail piece rather than a panorama
Books Review  September 19, 2008, by John Davidson
"...In May 2006, The New York Times polled a number of the country's prominent writers and editors in a survey to find the single best work of American fiction of the past 25 years. Of 22 works cited, six were written by Philip Roth..."

Things That Came: It Might Be Science, But It Sure Ain't Fiction
'Videodrome' and 'They Live,' then and now
Screens Story  July 25, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Welcome to the future as predicted by the cinema of sci-fi. What we used to call science fiction, way back in the good old days of Red Scare daze of Manchurian candidate psychenauts and Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion obliteration of Washington D.C., via flying saucer, is mutating rapidly into everyday "fact," and, woe unto us, most of it is darker and more ominous than an Imperial Stormtrooper's eyes..."

Five Science-Fiction Authors to Scan Darkly
ST 37 captain Scott Telles pulls five notables off the SF bookshelf.
Music Story  July 25, 2008, by S.L. Telles
"...This grand old man of British science fiction and part-time Bastrop resident was the editor of New Worlds, the important late-1960s/early-1970s journal that helped start the careers of J.G. Ballard, Brian Aldiss, Norman Spinrad, Kate Wilhelm, etc...."

Science-Fiction Wine?
Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm keeps winemaking weird
Food Column  July 25, 2008, by Wes Marshall
"...My assignment was to find a science-fiction wine. Wow! This was going to be tough..."

Foodie Fiction
Food Story  June 13, 1997
"...Savvy publishing house marketing executives seem to be willing to mine the "foodie" niche for all it's worth, including everything from a standard romance novel with a restaurant setting to culinary erotica to a thinly disguised roman à clef by a successful New York restaurateur. While novelists such as Pat Conroy and James Lee Burke have long used food to establish a flavorful sense of place in their work, more and more fiction writers are bringing food to the forefront..."

Fact and Fiction Merge in Flesh and Blood
Mark Webber reflects on the man he's become
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Kahron Spearman


Kissing in America
Rabb's second YA novel features more than one love story, and they're all worth telling
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Kimberley Jones


Bats of the Republic
An arcane tapestry of alternate cowboy history and steampunk sci-fi in a multitextured graphic package
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner


Gwendolyn's Sword
A well-researched and swiftly paced historical novel for grown-up girls who dreamed of being knights
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Rosalind Faires


Hill Country Property
Passion, compromise, and human frailty figure large in this touching and funny Texas novel
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Joe O'Connell


Gift Guide 2015: Fiction by Austin Authors
From Hill Country mysteries to Lone Star steampunk, fantasy femmes with swords to alienated runaways with lycanthropic tendencies, there's an Austin novel for everyone on your gift list
Arts Story  December 10, 2015, by Robert Faires


Science-Fiction Cinema
Break down the walls
Screens Story  December 4, 2014, by Richard Whittaker


The Son
Imagine an aerial view of Texas, in which hidden elements of a huge, breathtaking landscape are suddenly made clear
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by Jaime deBlanc-Knowles


The Science Delusion
White takes aim at the bold targets of Richard Dawkins and Jonah Lehrer and their ilk
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner


Life After Life
Atkinson treats her interesting narratives with a light but steady hand
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by Amy Gentry


You
Follow along with a group of kids maturing along with the tech and gaming industry of the Eighties and Nineties
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by James Renovitch


Summer Fiction, Summer Not
Six new releases to kick back with this season
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by Monica Riese


And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini's third novel resonates to the core
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by Jessi Cape


Red Moon
Benjamin Percy presents a heady mix of political allegory and urban fantasy
Books Story  May 17, 2013, by Josh Kupecki


Summer Fiction
Hackers, heretics, and spies, oh my
Books Story  June 15, 2012, by Kimberley Jones


In the Kingdom of Men
Maps to the Middle East: 'In the Kingdom of Men'
Books Story  June 15, 2012, by Jay Trachtenberg


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