So earnest your kneejerk action may be to recoil.
Drop a memoir into a family gathering and the battle is on in Other Desert Cities.
Are you ready for two semi-obscure, "guilty pleasure" television references in one day? I hope so. Earlier today, as you may have read, in what I'm sure sent the Pulitzer folks scrambling to reevaluate 2013, I compared Rex Ryan and Ed Reed to Lowell Mather and Big Strong Man, respectively, from the ... More >>
It would appear the Chron has a new head boss. Nancy Barnes, the former editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune will take over as Editor and Executive Vice President on October 15. Barnes, 52, replaces Jeff Cohen who is taking over the Editorial and Op-Ed sections of the news division. Though she has ... More >>
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 DMagazine.com, he is ... More >>
The Alley Theatre's production is funny — and forgettable.
Each character gets a center-stage aria in this most operatic of August Wilson's cycle plays.
Since I first read the Grand Forks Herald article last night -- "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" -- it's made its way around the Internet as an object of fascination faster than faked cell phone pictures of Christina Hendricks's breasts. "An Onion-worthy, rave review of...Olive Gar ... More >>
Modernist Cuisine is not your grandmother's Joy of Cooking. It establishes a new language by which chefs can communicate the complexities of their intellectual work. Authors Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet have produced a beautiful and fascinating cookbook that explores the possibili ... More >>
Being both a music nerd and a movie geek, my interest was piqued when it was revealed that this year only two songs were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I wondered how the Academy decided that there were only two songs worthy of competing for the award, and how those songs we ... More >>
The Back Porch Players present a startling, sterling production.
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Sunset: Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winner and food critic for our sister pap ... More >>
Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>
Myth: The ability to string rhymes together automatically kills brain cells, thereby making it impossible for said stringer of rhymes to obtain a college degree. Fact: Many of your favorite hip-hoppers are college graduates with funny-sounding honorary titles. Myth: Street education is a pr ... More >>
Dutch received undeserved scornPresident's Day is a time to reflect on the people who've lived in the White House, and how best to learn more about them. Presidential biographies have always been a huge industry, with a staggering amount of trees felled for books both incredibly dense and an ... More >>
For decades now, the Central Intelligence Agency has reacted to most criticism by saying the agency’s successes are secret while their foul-ups are public. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner puts the lie to that assertion in Legacy of Ashes, a comprehensive, chronological study of the past ... More >>