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  • 2006 - Lone Star Awards, published November 10, 2005

    "Road Trip"

2004 Stories by Brian McManus

Archives: 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down

    published December 30, 2004

    You've been there before: sitting silently with your thoughts while something (perhaps a demon) takes control of your arm and hoists another drink... More >>

  • Fire, Steel, Leather and Blood

    published December 23, 2004

    he first thing I notice when walking into the dim, black-lit Meridian (1503 Chartres) is a topless woman on stage. She's strapped to what... More >>

  • Anarchy in da USA

    published December 16, 2004

    As I sip on my freebie, the crowd at Thermal (1601 Commerce) -- mainly white indie rockers, but also a few dozen hard-core throwback-clad... More >>

  • Bar Etiquette 101

    published December 9, 2004

    Hey there, guy. Unless you're looking for a lost dog, you might want to stop whistling. Don't snap your fingers, either. And could you please not... More >>

  • Flirt for the Cure

    published December 2, 2004

    This is no typical happy hour at Red Star. As I stand at the bar, I watch a statuesque blond with a piece of paper taped on her back identifying... More >>

  • Puke Fest '04!

    published November 25, 2004

    Yeah, I know. You've got a stomach like a goddamn billy goat. But for the rest of us, sometimes feats of gut-dumping athleticism are... More >>

  • Cornfed Keyboards

    published November 18, 2004

    In 1994, four young boys from corn country -- Omaha, Nebraska, to be exact -- decided to start a band called the Faint. Like most bands, their... More >>

  • Elephant Dance

    published November 18, 2004

    George W. Bush's decisive victory has gotten the Republicans partying, and I want to get ripped with the moral majority. In search of his base, I... More >>

  • Sweet 17

    published November 11, 2004

    In many ways, entering the Sam Houston Hotel's new restaurant, 17, is like walking into Jurassic Park -- you can tell they've "spared no... More >>

  • Monday Night Fleshballs

    published November 11, 2004

    "My 17-year-old son is in Iraq right now. I'm afraid he's going to get killed." It is a sad sentiment. But the words have less bite,... More >>

  • We're Not the World

    published October 28, 2004

    When Stephen Patrick Morrissey was born on a presumably damp day in Manchester, England, in 1959, no one could have known what a highly polarizing... More >>

  • Bush Beer

    published October 28, 2004

    Vote here with beer," it says in shoe polish on the window of the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium downtown. It's a promotion being put on by the... More >>

  • Order in the Kitchen!

    published October 21, 2004

    One thing you won't learn from all the flowery coverage of celebrity chefdom is that chefs, by and large, are assholes. It may be a hard pill to... More >>

  • Chasing Amigas

    published October 21, 2004

    After hearing a lot about the raging party that gets thrown every Wednesday at the teeny-tiny Mexican eatery Bocados on West Alabama, I decided to... More >>

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday

    published October 14, 2004

    Waking up on the morning of Sunday, October 3, I just know it: This will be either one of the greatest sports days in Houston history or another... More >>

  • All He Wanted Was a Pabst

    published October 7, 2004

    When you've got a little too much month at the end of your money, you need a plan to cop a buzz. I could score a sixer at my local Fiesta Mart and... More >>

  • A Tale of Two Titties

    published September 30, 2004

    Some nights just get away from you. You make plans to hit the track, but it's a struggle to get up off the couch, much less out the door. If your... More >>

  • Hip to Be Bare

    published September 23, 2004

    "Dance with no pants for $1 draft and $1 kamikaze shots." So the sign says at Union, and it sounds tempting. Chances are, if I weren't rolling... More >>

  • Mild On Houston

    published September 16, 2004

    E! Entertainment Television is in the house tonight for a taping of their popular hit Wild On, and the beautiful people are turning out. Or... More >>

  • Boogie for Bush!

    published September 9, 2004

    It all seems so clear now. Ninety years ago, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated -- tripping off the guns of August and the start of WWI.... More >>

  • Last Call at the Downtown Dives

    published September 9, 2004

    Downtown's posh spots crop up -- and often fold -- quicker than you can say "metrosexual." No one would argue that the revitalization of our... More >>

  • Wanted: Moore Rumbles

    published September 2, 2004

    Alice seems to be in a bit of a prickly mood tonight. After I order another Lone Star I think I even hear a "hrrrmph" as she retrieves a glass... More >>

  • Let's Get Nuts

    published August 26, 2004

    Today, even with life's modern conveniences, we have less time for ourselves. There simply is no time to dilly-dally. Grab it and go. Drive-thru... More >>

  • Ashlee Simpson

    published August 12, 2004

    The first line on Ashlee Simpson's debut album Autobiography is, "You think you know me." That's pretty funny, considering the entire point... More >>

  • Food of the God

    published June 24, 2004

    Cafe Annie More >>

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