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New Writers of the Purple Prose
The romance field, Margraet Moser writes, is unique in its symbiosis: Most writers come from the ranks of readers and therefore understand the marriage of reader and book. The sisterhood and moral support in this almost exclusively female dominion is palpable. It is also gratifying and empowering and, in a few cases, exceedingly lucrative.
"...As the rest of the country began settling into Indecision 2000,..."

Dec. 8, 2000 Books Feature by Margaret Moser

A Man of the Theatre
Memories of Capitol City Playhouse's Michel Jaroschy
"...Michel Jaroschy touched the lives of just about everyone in the Austin theatre..."

Oct. 18, 1996 Arts Feature

Thank You, Central Time Zone: A Preview of the 2007 NFL Draft
"...I moved to Texas from the East Coast for a multitude of reasons. I don’t..."

April 26, 2007 Sports Post by Timothy Braun

Torch of the Mystic
Sir Richard Bishop, keeper of the flame
"...I just finished reading Sun After Dark, a collection of stories by Pico Iyer on traveling abroad. He opens..."

May 26, 2009 Music Post by Audra Schroeder

Waking the Dead
Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Centro-matic's Will Johnson find common ground.
"...It's not so hot that you notice, really, but the ants in Oakwood Cemetery are unbearable. It's almost as..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Music Feature by Melanie Haupt

Bringing Out the Dead
Swiss documentary maker Richard Dindo considers himself a "portraitist or biographer of those who are no longer with us." This week, he brings two films : about revolutionary Che Guevara and writer Jean Genet : to town as part of the Austin Film Society's Texas Documentary Tour.
"...Swiss documentary maker Richard Dindo has been called the "memory composer"; his films, "political cinema." He considers himself..."

Jan. 21, 2000 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

“Pio Pulido: The Last Exhibit of the 20th Century” at the MACC
This retrospective is like visiting an artist’s crowded studio and yet provides just a glimpse of this visionary’s output
"...Visiting Pio Pulido's "The Last Exhibit for the 20th Century" is like visiting..."

Sept. 1, 2017 Arts Review by Sam Anderson-Ramos

Ministering to the Dead
A death row chaplain has a change of heart in At the Death House Door
"...If there is such a thing as a typical convenience-store killing,..."

March 7, 2008 Screens Feature by Clay Smith

DVDanger: A Bad Case of the Sequels
Retreads, remakes, and do-overs rule the home releases
"...producer Keith Calder took to Twitter to ask, "What's the most recent wide-release, non-platformed horror film that wasn't a..."

July 28, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Quotes of the Week
"...Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, reacting after President Bush's State of the Union address (Feb. 1 issue)..."

Jan. 2, 2009 News Feature

The Best of the Rest The Summer of '95, Part 2
"...a fountain, a formula, a program, a chance meeting, the lucky fall - Providence. That is magic, pure and..."

June 9, 1995 Books Feature

Inside the Mind of the Muscles
Jean-Claude Van Damme on being Jean-Claude Van Damme
"...Translation: "I am fascinated by air. If you remove the air from the sky, all the birds would fall..."

Nov. 21, 2008 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

The Art of Death
Kate Heyhoe weaves Dreams of the Dead via sugar skulls
"...After the death of her mother in 2008, Kate Heyhoe found..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

The Sixth Man
"...Jones and Lorenzo Orr. Teen Wolf meets Angels in the Outfield. Hollywood's need for the basic and the obvious..."

March 28, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sea of Dreams
She's married to the sea, and he belongs to the earth: This Mexican film relies on prehistoric folk myths and a delightful color palette for its impact.
"...a delightful color palette for its impact. It tells the story of Grecia (Bar), a beautiful young woman who..."

Sept. 21, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
"...Shon Greenblatt and Yaphet Kotto. More so than any other type of film, monster movies undoubtedly produce the greatest..."

Sept. 20, 1991 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Dog of Flanders
"...You can take your child to see this adaptation of the classic children's tale, but don't blame me if..."

Sept. 10, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

On the Ropes
"...Burstein and Morgen's bracing documentary, however, focuses less on the politics and arcana of the sport than it does..."

Oct. 8, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Back-up Plan
Jennifer Lopez is back with a new romantic comedy about a woman whose biological clock is out of sync with her life.
"...sitcom, part post-Gigli career resurrection strategy, and all bad, The Back-up Plan is the kind of cookie-cutter, strictly for..."

April 23, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Foot Fist Way
Faux documentary about a strip-mall kung-fu sensei without the sense to come in out of the pain has moments of laugh-out-loud greatness but also much dopiness.
"...Spencer Moreno and Carlos Lopez IV. My tolerance for the mockumentary form of comedy has curdled somewhat in the..."

June 6, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bedside Manner: The October Country
By the pricking of our thumbs, some books wicked this way come
"...My bedroom bookshelves are groaning under the weight of the collective wordage they support. The sagging..."

Oct. 31, 2011 Books Post by Marc Savlov

The Man Who Wasn't There
The story is rife with the Coens' ripe ambivalence, a black seriocomic opera of fouled-up American dreams, and a meditation on ambivalence that is itself often as ambiguous as the emotional meanderings of its protagonist, a small-town barber. The film's black-and-white image processing is stunning.
"...Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Jon Polito, Michael Badalucco, Katherine Borowitz, Tony Shalhoub and Scarlett Johannson. The Man Who..."

Nov. 2, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Touch of Evil
"...Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Marlene Dietrich, Dennis Weaver, Mercedes McCambridge and..."

Oct. 16, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sheehan's Field of Dreams
Hundreds gather at Camp Casey to mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living
"...Sheehan wiped tears from her eyes as she looked southeast along Prairie Chapel Road down the long line of..."

Aug. 19, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Red Turtle
Poetic beauty abounds in this animated gem
"...The simple story told in the near-wordless animated feature film..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Beneath the Darkness
This thriller starring Dennis Quaid was filmed in Smithville and Bastrop.
"...Devon Werkheiser and Brett Cullen. Despite its release during the dreaded post-holiday theatrical dumping grounds of January and February,..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation
"...is going on in this Tsui Hark-produced-and-written animated adaptation of his Eighties smash live-action film of the same name,..."

Oct. 15, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

More Like the Pink Panthers! (Sorry I'm Not as Funny When They Win)
"...This Sunday's game against the Panthers was like my dream come true, complete with..."

Oct. 31, 2006 Sports Post by Jeremy Martin

Music Mo'nday: 5 Favorite New Artists of 2011
Rob's picks for the music's great new hopes
"...In a year full of meh comebacks, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Panda Bear and so..."

Jan. 9, 2012 Qmmunity Post by Rob Cohen

DVDanger: The Club
Home release roundup time
"...There’s a famous and brilliantly subversive British-Irish comedy called Father..."

May 21, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

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