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Music To Know America By
Letters at 3AM
Columns  December 6, 1996, by Michael Ventura
"...But (as Norman Mailer said) it is our actions and not our sentiments that create history. So it's a little maddening and very instructive if, when you read of the genocide of the Indians and the raw greed of Western town-building, you play in the background this gentle, funny, wistful music -- a little maddening because you have to face how the most disturbing history can be created by people with great tenderness of heart..."

'The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys'
Dao Strom's 'Four Stories': an excerpt
Books Story  May 5, 2006, by Nora Ankrum
"...The party was (as many in Mary's opinion were) a disappointment. There was a crush of people in the doorway when the R.A..."

After A Fashion
Love is in the air, and it is distinctly Paisley-shaped
Columns  October 31, 2008, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...I do not have a partner. I guess I'm just too shy for most people's taste..."

A Time of Recognition
An excerpt from John Cale's new autobiography, What's Welsh for Zen?
Music Story  April 14, 2000, by Victor Bockris and John Cale
"...There was no massive agenda and there was no great determination. It was four people wandering around in a daze and suddenly they decided to do something. We were going to have to have a meeting to deal with Velvet Underground business and to see how we could improve matters..."

Missive to the Ending Year
Letters at 3AM
Columns  January 3, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...faith is a surprisingly resilient quality. Even people who profess not to have it are often only trying to protect what's left of it..."

Fast Train to Hicksville
Reissuing the Rosetta Stone of alt.countrypolitan
Music Story  July 13, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...Sid ripped into that solo and did it in one take. I also picked 'I'm an Old Cowhandí' a Johnny Mercer song, and people said, 'Aren't you going to sing it as "old cowgirl"'?..."

Jesus Gonna Be Here
Johnny Toxic
Music Story  March 25, 1999
"...All that popularity comes with a price, though (and I don't mean having to hang out with Zoe Baird): Oakenfold has taken hits over the past few years from longstanding fans on both sides of the pond who feel he may have gotten a wee too big for his britches. Memories are notoriously short in the land of DJ culture and dance music, however, and these same people forget this is still the same artist behind everything from the "discovery" of Ibiza, the Balearic sound, and dozens of other historical footnotes to what is now a fabled time in electronica..."

A Glorious High
Screens Story  November 19, 1999, by Pauline Kael
"...He had often a corps of people surrounding him -- his supporting cast, actors who got upset about the things that upset him, and about his illnesses, which were legendary. He wasn't ever just one of the people at a gathering..."

Will a Matchbox Hold My Clothes?
Letters at 3am
Columns  March 20, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...You'd have to make up your destination as you went along. The blues, jazz, and rock & roll were invented by people to whom this dilemma was all too familiar..."

Art Should Be Brave...
James Earl Jones on Apartheid, Racism, and Hollywood
Screens Story  January 19, 1996
"...I had read the book years ago and had always wanted to be in it. My big question was: How would the gentleness -- which I think is the key to my character -- how would it go over with young black people? My main concern was that it not appear as something from the past, as a museum piece..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Jesse Sublett gets wonderfully gritty in his true-crime book 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital (Arcadia Publishing). Former Austinite Dao Strom mixes music and memoir in the lyrical We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People (MPMP), a book/album examining memory and identity..."

Low Thirty Three Degrees, January 26
Music Review  February 9, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"...Low Thirty Three Degrees, January 26 It was almost fire marshal time at Thirty Three Degrees, and for once, it was about thirty-three degrees -- on the Celsius side -- inside, body heat emanating from about as many people as can fit into a Guadalupe record store that carries a full stock of Amon Düül albums. Yet despite the packed house, Low, the husband-and-wife-led trio from Duluth, Minnesota, managed to keep things cozy as a Yule log by the fireplace..."

The Making of Downtown North
The Domain may sound like just another fancy mall – but planners say it's the seed of a second Austin
News Story  September 28, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...This wasn't going to be a bolt-together strip mall, nor even a high-end strip mall but an "integrated retail environment" meant to attract demanding tenants with a world-class reputation. Increased residential density means more people, which means more parking, but the initial point of the project had been to get better use from IBM's massive areas of old surface parking..."

My Semester on the Beat
Wherein our reporter pursues the bad guys, abhors Problem People, studies community policing, and earns a perfect attendance koozie in the APD's Citizen Police Academy
News Story  December 1, 2006, by Nora Ankrum
"...We'd pulled into a parking lot nearby, where two different people helpfully pointed out the flat, and it was there – as a city maintenance truck was arriving to change our tire; a tow truck sat idle, having popped a cable while attempting to fetch the Camry; a second tow truck was backing into the turn lane to try again; and Silvio was directing traffic in his yellow reflective vest, which he'd retrieved, neatly folded, from somewhere behind his seat – that I realized my turn on the mean streets of Austin wouldn't remotely resemble an episode of Cops or even The Wire...."

Who Killed Father Ryan?
A 1981 Odessa murder haunts crime researchers, the Catholic Church, and an ex-con determined to prove his innocence
News Story  June 17, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...And since finally being paroled in 2003 – first to El Paso, then in January 2004 to the transitional living facility in Austin – Reyos, now 49, has earnestly sought to clear his name. Along the way he has earned strong support of a wide range of people – including a former Ector Co..."

Letters at 3AM
A Little Late, For Bix
Columns  May 16, 2003, by Michael Ventura
"...He died the next summer, drunk and alone in a cheap room, his last work a few incomplete piano compositions. People in need of saints have romanticized that, but I've been alone often enough and drunk often enough to despise them and pity Bix..."

DVD Watch: 'Hill Street Blues'
An aural history of the cop show that changed TV
DAILY Screens  April 29, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...CH He had me, he had Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie, Private Parts), he had (script supervisor) Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker, Shameless), he had a bunch of potential directors on there, but they never got to go behind the camera. Too many people, too many egos..."

Have Pen, Will Travel
A tale of two cities, Italian-style
Food Story  July 30, 2010, by Wes Marshall
"...I was lucky enough to be able to attend two wine shows in Italy a few weeks ago. The Bozner Weinkost Mostra Vini di Bolzano (Bolzano Wine Tasting Festival) is a five-day party where hundreds of very attractive people and a few old wine lovers drink too much local wine and dance until daylight..."

Introducing the New Official Beer of Austin
ATX has a brewed awakening
Food Story  May 14, 2015, by Eric Puga
"...Smith: If I'm going to a party where I don't know what people drink and I don't know their level of familiarity with craft beer, I will hands-down take a six-pack of Zoe with me...."

Sea Cruise
Sailing into the sunset on Delbert McClinton's Blues Crusie.
Music Story  February 4, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"..."Ooooo-wheeeeee, oooo-wheeeeee baby," croons the chorus of 200-odd people in unison. They're having the time of their lives..."

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