Larry McMurtry

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Billy Joe Shaver at Discovery Green, 5/30/2013

    Billy Joe Shaver Discovery Green May 30, 2013 As the saying goes, Billy Joe Shaver is the kind of character who, if he didn't already exist, someone would have had to make him up. Was that Larry McMurtry? Kinky Friedman? Willie Nelson? Doesn't matter, really. Shaver, the old five and dimer 73 year ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eating Our Hearts Out

    100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Giving Last Concert Cafe One Last Chance

    Although I live within walking distance of Last Concert Cafe, I've avoided it like that creepy quasi-homeless dude on my street who calls me "Ladybug" since I first moved into the Warehouse District this past summer. Make no mistake: I love my eclectic, colorful neighborhood and its unpredictable na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Larry McMurtry: Houston Is the Best Big City in Texas. Dallas Sucks.

    Author Larry McMurtry knows a thing or two about the Lone Star State, which is why when he talks, much like EF Hutton in the '70s, people listen. In this case, he was talking to Texas Monthly in an essay about Texas's biggest cities for their February issue, and, as reported on, he is ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 16, 2012

    More Than Just Nolan Ryan

    5 food-related reasons to drive to Alvin.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Houston's 10 Best Specialty Cocktails for the Summer

    With the cocktail movement booming in Houston, it seems as though you can hardly go to a bar or restaurant these days without encountering a list of cocktails. And on that list of cocktails, expect to find a list of the house specialty drinks -- concoctions created by (or for) that bar or restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    The Intrepid Walker's Guide to Houston: A Sole of Houston Forerunner, Circa 1975

    (Part one of a planned series...) As the Preacher says, there's nothing new under the sun, and it turns out I was not the first Houstonian to write about adventures on long walks and/or bike rides in the Bayou City. More than 30 years prior to my first adventure (a 16-mile slog down Westheimer fr ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 17, 2012

    Danny Lyon's Out of "This World"

    Moving photos at The Menil Collection make us yearn for more.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    James McMurtry Can Make It Here

    ​One of the truly gifted Texas songsmiths, James McMurtry has carved a nice, viable career out of great lyrics, stellar playing, hard touring, a good work ethic, and common sense. His last two studio albums, Childish Things (2005) and Just Us Kids (2008), established McMurtry as one of the mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    25 Essential Eponymous Albums

    ​Eponymous: (of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creator: The Stooges' eponymous debut album. On this day in 1983, a young woman from Michigan who had recently given up on a career as a hard-rock singer released her first album of electronic dance-pop, an album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Sunny Cocktails at Shade

    ​The Heights is often associated with being dry, although plenty of area restaurants from casual (Onion Creek) to high-end (Zelko Bistro) have fabulous beer and wine selections. Adding to the mix is the lovely cocktail menu at Shade (250 W. 19th, 713-863-7500). General manager Rachel Loil tel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    ​Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical stuff like George Orwell's Animal Farm, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Edgar Allan Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Romance Blooms Out Of The Ashes Of A Lufkin Crime Of Passion

    ​Paraphrasing Larry McMurtry, a woman's love is like the spring dew. It's just as likely to descend on a cowpie as an April wildflower.In the East Texas romance of Jennifer Doss and Christopher Guffey, we're leaning towards cowpie. You see, Guffey, an alleged member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Life, Post-Ike

    One year later, Galveston residents like Marie Creasy have dug in for the long haul

  • Music

    June 19, 2008

    God, Texas and Tom Waits

    Tom Waits may not come from around here, but a good chunk of his favorite music does

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007
  • Film

    December 15, 2005

    Homo on the Range

    Ledger and Gyllenhaal are cowboys in love in Ang Lee's wrenching Brokeback Mountain

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Do You Know the Way to Balmorhea?

    Jesse Dayton and Lew Temple do. And now so does Hollywood.

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Discount Bookstore

    Quarter Price Books

  • Culture

    April 25, 2002

    Lazarus, Reborn

    Peter Bogdanovich wasn't dead. He was just acting like it.

  • Culture

    May 31, 2001

    Skip It

    Why the best teen movie of the year, based on a beloved novel, won't be in theaters

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Overblown and Underrated

    So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.

  • Film

    December 21, 2000

    Mexican Combo Plate

    Billy Bob's adaptation of Pretty Horses mixes together too many ingredients, all of them undercooked

  • News

    February 3, 2000


    From the week of February 03, 2000

  • Music

    April 22, 1999

    The Book of James

    Colorful characters fill James McMurtry's Tex-rock sound

  • Calendar

    January 30, 1997
  • Film

    December 26, 1996

    Star Turn

    Shirley MacLaine shines -- but she's the only bright spot in Terms of Endearment's sequel

  • Culture

    July 25, 1996

    A Juicy Steak

    Cowboys, cowgirls and a little vegan lust hit the trail

  • Calendar

    January 12, 1995
  • News

    November 17, 1994

    Life of a Poet

    Vassar Miller is broke, hospitalized and facing an uncertain future. Doesn't one of Texas' most esteemed writers deserve better?

  • Film

    January 27, 1994