One of the best courses I took in high school was an elective entitled "Islam and the West." Examining the cultural, political, and literary borderlands between the two spheres, the course provided some of the most educational and edifying lessons as anything I'd found at my school. Those lessons, n ... More >>
Who is Bon Iver? The name originally referred to a band, I guess in the same way Nine Inch Nails referred to a "band," but since hitting it big, it's mostly just a nickname for frontman and songwriter Justin Vernon, who, depending on who you ask, may either be Jesus or the antichrist.
Consulting my ... More >>
Stephen Hawking's voicebox makes us wonder if this execution should go through."If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America," astrophysicist and wheelchair-enthusiast Stephen Hawking opines in a new documentary to be shown on the ... More >>
With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to.
In the interest of brevity, though, we are parceling out our findings over the next couple of days. Here are the f ... More >>
Photo by Brent and MariLynnIn news that will shock absolutely everyone but the 95 percent of the people who predicted it, there's a good chance that the replica of Christopher Columbus's Nina won't be heading to Kemah in time for the May regatta.As we mentioned last month, the Spanish Consulate and ... More >>
You know what Kemah needs?We mean, beyond extensive repairs in the wake of Hurricane Ike.What Kemah (apparently) needs is a replica of the Nina, one of the three boats Christopher Columbus sailed to make his old-white-man invasion of the bucolic New World.There is a mysterious plan afoot to restore ... More >>