"..."Film preservation says a lot about how this country looks at media history," says Frick. "When we talk about film history, most people will think of Casablanca or Giant..."
"...The General Land Office has acquired a unique piece of Civil War history with the purchase of the private letters of Confederate Army private Dudley Ward of the 2nd Texas Infantry. The 34 handwritten letters, costing $11,000 and paid for with private donations to the Save Texas History Program, were authenticated by GLO archivists..."
"...As early as 1996, when the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum -- now bigger than life down on Martin Luther King Boulevard (or, depending on your point of view, "19th Street") -- was still in the conception stage, the decision had already been made to produce a "signature film" to be shown in the museum's IMAX theatre. The first proposal (dated July 2000 and tentatively titled This Land Called Texas) would have required seed money from the Legislature, followed by private donations, and a production that would feature voice-overs by six well-known narrators (Dan Rather, Tish Hinojosa, Lance Armstrong, Sissy Spacek, Chuck Norris or Tommy Lee Jones, and Barry Corbin)..."
"...A portion of the Bullock Texas State History Museum's first floor of permanent exhibitions will close Tuesday, Feb. 17, to prepare for a major renovation centered on one of the most significant artifacts in Texas history...."
"...For many residents in many states, a sense of state history often is left behind when the high school diploma meets the outstretched palm. In Texas, that's different..."
"...There are six enormous panels of reinforced concrete more than halfway up the front face of the new Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress..."
"...National Public Radio is loaning out two of its news program hosts to talk about their new nonfiction books: Weekend Edition Saturday's Scott Simon, who's penned the memoir Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime; and Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, who's traveled down the history road to explore Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab...."
"...That's not to say that Texas won't be well represented. University of Texas history professor and Pulitzer Prize finalist H..."
"...I like it here, but the idea, you know, of `Texas' bores me. And Don finds my scant knowledge of Texas history amusant to say the least." Maybe it's all gone wrong: If Graham is the latent aesthete, perhaps Berry is the outspoken one...."
"...What follows that preface is not a straightforward bullet list or a how-to guide to becoming a functional state, but rather a sprawling investigation of Texas history, statistics and economics, and (because we're in the South, after all) anecdotes, all interlaced to make Grieder's case that Texas may well prove to be a leading light in coming years. It's an easy and accessible read – the author even pokes fun at her own potential weakness as a "product of Texas public schools" – if a bit meandering..."
"...Hannah Allison deserves special recognition not only for becoming the 11th player in Texas history to record 2,000 career assists, but also for the multiple, epic ones she provided in this match alone. A moment in the second set proved her achievement well earned when, after a tense back and forth between the teams, she provided an assist to Bell that drove the crowd to their loudest response yet...."
"...Even before returning to Texas, Jackson had begun turning his talents and his inquiring mind to writing the history of his native state -- with a difference. Jackson applied the same spirit of rebellion and freedom that had energized his previous work to telling the untold, true sagas of Texas historical figures Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches (Comanche Moon), a Mexican-American hero of the Texas revolution named Juan N. Seguin (Los Tejanos), and other stories with common threads: historically important figures whom conventional histories had marginalized or conveniently forgotten...."
"...Earlier this year, historian Robert Perkinson published Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire (Henry Holt and Company, 496 pp., $35), in which he traces the history of American prisons through the prism of the "retributive mode" of the Texas system. Perkinson, an associate professor of American studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has been studying Texas prisons since the late 1990s, when he wrote his doctoral dissertation on "convict leasing," the privatized, for-profit system that replaced plantation slavery after the Civil War and survived into the 20th century..."
"...Agent Infiltrates Mexico’s Deadly Crime Cartels) Bruce Aidells (The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today’s Meat) Ayad Akhtar (America Dervish) Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan)** Gustavo Arellano (Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America) Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins) Avi (Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution)** Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities) Bob Balaban (The Creature From the Seventh Grade)** Rosecrans Baldwin (Paris I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down) Mac Barnett (The Case of the Mistaken Identity)** Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News)** Steven Barthelme (Hush Hush: Stories) Lou Berney (Whiplash River: A Novel) Andrew Blackwell (Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places) Matt Bondurant (The Night Swimmer) Brain Quest (Brain Quest)** H.W. Brands (The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr; The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace) Michael Brick (Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch of Kids, and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform) Douglas Brinkley (Cronkite) George Bristol (On Politics and Parks) Peter Brown (Creepy Carrots)** Shana Burg (Laugh with the Moon)** Rachel Kramer Bussel (Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3) (contributor) Ken Caillat (Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album) Ina Caro (Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train) Robert Caro (The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson) Dale Carpenter (Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v..."
"...But he's also got to eat, and suddenly Hollywood came calling. Soon his life was entangled with the History Channel's 10-hour miniseries Texas Rising, a sometimes historical, sometimes quite fictional account of the Lone Star State's battle for independence from Mexico, that premieres May 25...."
"...The new releases include novels (both conventional and experimental), history, anthropology, short story collections, and memoirs -- a veritable feast for the bibliophile...."
"...This Saturday, October 25, the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum opens "La Belle: The Ship That Changed History" – the story of the excavation of French explorer Robert de LaSalle's fated ship which sank in the inlets of Matagorda Bay in the late 1600s, then was discovered and recovered in the 1990s...."
"...And yes, his skin is brown. So the reason he's being so ribald with the history of Catholic clerics at the Texas Jewish Historical Society's 22nd annual conference may not be readily obvious..."
"...Enter the History Detectives, the team of scholars, appraisers, and historians whose sleuthing into the provenance of objects from America's past have been entertaining PBS viewers for a decade. In the current season, their series has been reconceived to tackle full-blown mysteries of history in hopes of uncovering some heretofore unknown answer..."
"...They say the next big thing is here That the revolution's near But to me it seems quite clear That it's all just a little bit of history repeating. - Shirley Bassey..."
"...Ricardo Ainslie, The Fight to Save Juarez: LIfe in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War Holly Aker, Shaun Martin, and Caroline Wallace: Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever Jonathan Alter, The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies Scott Anderson, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Hugh Aynesworth, November 22, 1963: Witness to History Dan Balz, Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America Deni Béchard, Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral A..."
"...But what set the photograph alight on Facebook and possibly into the annals of history is the recognizable "CZ" visible on the wall of the building to the right...."
"...Texas Baseball: A Lone Star Diamond History From Town Teams to the Big Leagues (The History Press) imparts a highly enlightening history that should be essential reading for nativist Texan seam-heads and their baseball-loving brood. Despite its mild prose and feel of a hurried treatment, Coppedge’s chronicle is most engrossing when illuminating the ancient and esoteric: like Jackie Robinson’s Austin ties, the rise and fall of the semi-pros, and the genesis of the Texas League, for instance..."
"...With all this at stake, the Fisher-Staples race has become so important to the two major parties that they and their high-dollar supporters are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into the campaign, making it almost certainly the most expensive state Senate campaign in U.S. history..."
"...Frank Dobie (1941). Dobie did more -- far more -- than any other individual to preserve and elevate the status of the folklore, history, and literature of the Southwest..."
"...Morgan Babst – The Floating World Rosecrans Baldwin – The Last Kid Left Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Miracles Olga Campos Benz – It's News to Me Christopher Brown – Tropic of Kansas Julie Buntin – Marlena C. Robert Cargill – Sea of Rust Jessie Chaffee – Florence in Ecstasy Dan Chaon – Ill Will Zing Clemmons – What We Lose: A Novel Patty Yumi Cottrell – Sorry to Disrupt the Peace Elizabeth Crane – Turf Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink – It Devours! Elizabeth Crook – The Which Way Tree Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney – The Nest Nicky Drayden – The Prey of Gods Jennifer Egan – Manhattan Beach Owen Egerton – Hollow Nathan Englander – Dinner at the Center of the Earth Jeffrey Eugenides – Fresh Complaint Emily Fridlund – Catapult: Stories and History of Wolves Cristina Garcia – Here in Berlin Sarah Rafael Garcia – SanTana's Fairy Tales Meg Gardiner – Unsub Ryan Gattis – Safe Tom Gauld – Baking with Kafka Nelson George – To Funk and Die in L.A. Manuel Gonzales – The Regional Office Is Under Attack! Christine Granados – Fight Like a Man Daryl Gregory – Spoonbenders Amelia Grey – Isadora Gabe Habash – Stephen Florida Daniel Handler – All the Dirty Parts Rodrigo Hasbún – Affections Laden Hubbard – The Talented Ribkins Lindsay Hunter – Eat Only When You're Hungry Jack Jemc – The Grip of It Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink Christina Baker Kline – A Piece of the World Lisa Ko – The Leavers Nicole Krauss – Forest Dark Min Jin Lee – Pachinko Melissa Lenhardt – Sawbones Jardine Libaire – White Fur Attica Locke – Bluebird, Bluebird Fiona Maazel – A Little More Human Simeon Marsalis – As Lie Is to Grin Claire Messud – The Burning Girl Mary Miller – Always Happy Hour Tim Murphy – Christodora Alissa Nutting – Made for Love Deji Bryce Olukotun – After the Flare Jorge Cepeda Patterson – Milena Natasha Pulley – The Bedlam Stacks Alisha Rai – Hate to Want You Jan Reid – Sins of the Younger Sons K Arsenault Rivera – The Tiger's Daughter Emily Robbins – A Word For Love Rakesh Satyal – No One Can Pronounce My Name Cat Sebastian – Ruin of a Rake Jessica Shattuck – The Women in the Castle Karen Shepard – Kiss Me Someone Mia Sosa – Acting on Impulse Bradley Spinelli – The Painted Gun Adam Sternbergh – The Blinds Jonny Sun – Everyone's an Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too Paco Ignacio Taibo II – Four Hands and Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas Gabriel Tallent – My Absolute Darling Sherry Thomas – A Study in Scarlet Women and Conspiracy in Belgravia Amita Trasi – The Color of Our Sky Deb Olin Unferth – Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories Weike Wang – Chemistry Amanda Eyre Ward – The Nearness of You Stephanie Powell Watts – No One Is Coming to Save Us..."
"...Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush will be joined at the party by the producers and many cast members of Texas Rising, a new series about the emergence of the Republic of Texas and the founding of the Texas Rangers from History...."
"...Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was born in 1490 and died in 1557. Today's media enshrine the cliché that our era has seen the greatest change in human history, but judge for yourself whether or not the changes in Cabeza de Vaca's lifetime were equally transformative:..."
"...Seen that way, the challenge that Jesse Sublett (author of 1960s Austin Gangsters and Grave Digger Blues, among others, and a longtime Chronicle contributor) faced in penning a history of Esther's was on the scale of the Lone Star State: How does one capture 40 years of performances and performers, comedy onstage and drama off, in one book? His answer, as is apparent in Esther's Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas' Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe, was: Talk to a lot of people who were there (and in some cases still are) and cram in as many photos as you can. Threaded through the heavily researched narrative that Sublett himself provides is an oral history from people who have been affiliated with the Follies – cast members, writers, technicians, support staff, artists – and assorted real estate types, pols, chefs, and other locals whose paths crossed that of Follies founders Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick over the years..."
"...Bryant recalls her younger daughter's concern with missing history class for the 9am ceremony. "I told her, if this happens, you'll be making history," she said..."
"...As a devoted Lost nerd, I will try to be as minimally dorky as possible while I explain this device so that all of you who didn’t watch the greatest drama on network television ever can follow along. A Lost history lesson and Texas baseball commentary (I promise) after the jump …..."
"...But such a broad criteria (if followed) would represent a monumental task since most, if not all, Latin American photographers are influenced by their cultural backgrounds. Watriss claims that the selection of photographs is not intended to be a formal history nor comprehensive survey of Latin American photographers..."
"...Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour may have the most famous collection of bones and fossils that you've never heard of...."
"...1, is the Angelina Eberly Luncheon at the Driskill Hotel, 11am. Reservations are still available at $125, with proceeds benefiting the Austin History Center...."
"...Much care has been taken with the action sequences, which are exciting and handsomely filmed, if perhaps too violent for young audiences. Yet the real saga is the movie's twisted history; it warmed the vault for two years before sneaking into theatres...."
"...The cautionary tale here is that the second largest springs west of the Mississippi River were described by European explorers as a fountain shooting several feet above the surface of the lake. In the last 300 years the flow has been reduced to a gurgle, although it has never completely stopped flowing in recorded history – yet...."
"...Gonzales, Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas Norma Cantu, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche Rosemary Catacalos, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche Ines Hernandez-Avil, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche Carmen Tafolla, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche Andrea Valdez, How to Be a Texan Alberto Gonzales, True Faith and Allegiance Reyna Grande, The Distance Between Us, Young Readers Edition Emmy Perez, With the River on Our Face Orlando Ricardo Menes, Heresies Ire'ne Lara Silva, Blood Sugar Canto Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels Okey Ndibe, Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American Priyamvada Natarajan, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos Katie Chase, Man and Wife Gayle Forman, Leave Me Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors John Pipkin, The Blind Astronomer's Daughter Marisa Silver, Little Nothing Eimear McBride, The Lesser Bohemians Ben Katchor, Cheap Novelties Robin MacArthur, Half Wild Jennifer Haigh, Heat and Light T.C. Boyle, The Terranauts Mark Frost, The Secret History of Twin Peaks Kelly Luce, Pull Me Under Bill Loehfelm, Let the Devil Out Leila Meacham, Titans Noah Hawley, Before the Fall Max Porter, Grief Is the Thing With Feathers Robert Olen Butler, Perfume River Robin Wasserman, Girls on Fire Francine Prose, Mister Monkey Stacey Berg, Dissension Amy Gentry, Good as Gone Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes Trouble Stephen Harrigan, A Friend of Mr..."
"...Former Chronicle reporter Robert Bryce's new book, Cronies, recounts "the long history of cronyism that has bound the Texas energy business to the Texas political system and the way that tradition has now been transferred to Washington, D.C." In this week's issue, we publish a chapter from the new book under the title, "The Military-Petroleum Complex." News editor Michael King spoke to Bryce about his new book, about Pipe Dreams, his earlier book on the fall of Enron, and his argument that Texas money and Texas politics now dominate the national agenda and drive much of U.S. foreign policy..."
"...When the band found out that a U.S. soft drink company had rights to the name, they changed the "Dr." to "Sgt.," and the rest is history..."
"..."We wanted it to take a life of its own, really. It's kind of like Black History Month; there's not an office you call for Black History Month, not one that I know of anyway." Consequently, Texas Writers Month organizers depend on one centralizing source that reminds the public and the institutions planning author events that May is indeed Texas Writers Month..."
"...These days, you don’t have to go outside Texas to get great whiskey. And this Saturday, you don’t have to go outside Austin – or even beyond the welcoming space of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum – to get many of the great whiskeys that the Lone Star State has to offer...."
"...Fans of music criticism, take note: The mighty, mighty Greil Marcus, who charted the secret history of the 20th century in Lipstick Traces, will be here doing the same with rock in his new book, The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. And since we're talking criticism, note that perpetually perceptive powerhouse art critic Dave Hickey will return to his onetime home city to discuss his new essay collection, Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste...."
"...The Texas State football team’s website urges: “We must pack Bobcat Stadium. History in the Making! Don’t miss it!”..."
"...Texas’ trip to Morgantown marked the first time in school history the team travelled north to the Mountain State. There, the Longhorns were met with the challenge of not only the cold weather, but also the fact that Milan Puskar Stadium is one of the toughest places to play in the nation..."
"...The Texas Music Roadtrip, that is. All it costs is getting to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and admission, a bargain by any count...."
"...Just published in softcover by the University of Texas Press in its Southwest Writers Collection Series, the book collects 15 feature stories from the Eighties and Nineties written mostly for the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle – although one of the most moving pieces originally appeared in, of all places, the Sporting News (1996). That’s a profile of professional football coach Ray Rhodes (currently with the Houston Texans), in which Minutaglio suggests volumes about Rhodes’ no-nonsense personality by evoking the small-town racial history of his home in Mexia, Texas – where it’s likely that one of his ancestors was the victim of a lynching..."
"...Housed in the currently under-construction Texas History Museum, Austin's newest theatre -- actually two separate theatres under a single roof -- matches both the state's and the museum's grandiose dreams. The first and larger of the two theatres will be the city's first IMAX venue..."
"...And that fire is what everyone knows about Joplin: her incendiary stage performances, her masochistic tango with the bottle, her tumultuous love life, and her fatal dalliance with drugs. Joplin's musical legacy is also a part of Austin's history -- how the disheveled folkie/UT student playing at west campus hootenannies and Kenneth Threadgill's bar on North Lamar took off for San Francisco with some other Texans in the Sixties and changed the history of rock & roll...."