I have to say that for a potentially historical battle between two behemoth football programs with the two most bruising, physically pounding defenses in the country, the lead up thus far to the January 7 BCS Title Game between Notre Dame and Alabama has been proceeding rather softly. The captains ... More >>
Rock and pop music in the United States has earned a distinguished reputation for quality protest anthems and anti-war songs, from Country Joe and the Fish all the way up to friggin' Green Day. And that's great; it really is. Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's m ... More >>
The Beef Ravioli Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE) was the best option on my post Hurricane Katrina menu.Six years ago, citizens of the Gulf Coast were starting to understand the immediate implications of their world post Hurricane Katrina. Power had been out since the storm made landfall, which mean ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThis was a pig at one time.Sad to report that I'm not clever enough to have come up with that little pun on my own (or even, "It puts the BBQ sauce on its skin, or else it gets the hose again!" - a friend came up with that gem shortly afterwards). No, the credit fo ... More >>
The Sopranos is the greatest television show of all time. I know that sentence right there will be enough to start plenty of discussion, tweets, and emails, both in support of and in disagreement with that statement.It's funny, with sports expansion breeds mediocrity. The more teams that get ... More >>
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.
Houston has no equal when it comes to hankering for war, a study finds
The Boy in Da Corner comes out swinging
Exhuming and scoring last year's pop-music demises
Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album
A rebellion spreads within a city department
High-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (Humvee/Hummer)
An imaginative Three Kings skewers the combat genre
Desert Blue offers teen comedy with a sting
After 40 years, The Crucible's melodrama still works its spell
John Woo's latest isn't his best, but he still leads the action pack