So far in life, I have never had to suffer through a so-called "formal meal." I've never had to know my salad fork from my dessert fork, my soup spoon from my whatever-the-hell-the-other-spoon-is-used-for.
Thanks, Mom and Dad.
I do, however, have passable table manners, with the possible except ... More >>
Who else in Houston are you going to trust to do justice to the creepy dysfunction and blasted-earth absurdity of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett, than that theater company of raging imagination and utter theatricality, Catastrophic? If Waiting for Godot (1952) is his maste ... More >>
In keeping with Rocks Off's latest obsession, compiling soundtracks for oddball holidays, we were tickled pink as a chorus girl's nipple to learn that this Friday is Pi Approximation Day.
The holiday was first in 1988 by a physicist named Larry Shaw, who made everyone march in a circle then ... More >>
Your Hometown HottieIf there is an honor or award more important and respected than being named a Maxim Hometown Hottie, we don't know what it is.
The Nobel Prize rarely involves bikinis. The MacArthur "genius grant"pays scant attention to looks.
Houston has a candidate in this year's conte ... More >>
Monk: Round Midnight is the right time for a beretWe read with mixed emotions the news that the U.S. Army is dropping the beret from its official combat uniform after soldier complaints. On the one hand, the overall foppishness of the beret tends to cancel out the otherwise serious, assertive ... More >>
Photos: Goldman Environmental PrizeHilton Kelley, winner of "the green Nobel"Ten years ago, by anyone's standard, Hilton Kelley was living the dream.
Then just turning 40, he was in sunny California, having escaped his malodorous hometown of Port Arthur via the United States Navy. After his ... More >>
Tommy Lavergne, Rice University
Anthony Rendon at batContinuing with my personal review on the sports year just past, here are my thoughts on the Rice Owls of 2010.
1. I got to watch Anthony Rendon play third base on a regular basis. He can hit, and he's a good fielder. If the Astros didn ... More >>