If one thing is comforting during these times of economic distress, its the occasional dose of schadenfreude. Not to say that we love hearing about financial ruin or anything, but when a very rich man has to publicly downgrade from, say, a new Bentley to a reconditioned Beemer, we secretly feel pretty good. Get a fix with The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes, the new book by Vanity Fair writer Bryan Burrough, which chronicles the ups and downs of erstwhile oil moguls Roy Cullen, H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson. Money aside, there are plenty of salacious details: Cullen was an elementary school dropout, Hunt was a bigamist and Murchison did dirty deals with J. Edgar Hoover. Meet Burrough at Brazos Bookstore and hear about the demise of the superrich. Trust us, itll make you feel better. 7 p.m. 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit brazos.booksense.com. Free.
Wed., Feb. 4, 7 p.m., 2009