A herd of headless deer, the looming threat of disease and Big Government in Texas's thriving trophy buck industry.
Why real sex in real movies never quite works.
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destablize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time.
Michael Martin Murphey will not get off the phone. The Texas singer-songwriter, arguably America's foremost ambassador and scholar of traditional cowboy ballads and trail songs, is the kind of person who has answered two or three other questions by the time his interviewer is ready to ask another on ... More >>
Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president. In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price. Let's look, building up to that ultimat ... More >>
Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>
By now you have all seen this year's Oscar nominations, released yesterday, in Beverly Hills, California. Nine films were nominated for Best Picture, including Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse, The Artist, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris and The Tree of Life. Fun stuff, espe ... More >>
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyRick Perry last night did what most presidential candidates do after sucking again in a debate -- he went to a frat house. In explaining to the Beta Theta Pi boys his views of governance, Perry said that the American Revolutio ... More >>
Photos by Charne GrahamReik and Roosevelt's Quinby Hernandez (center) have a jam.VH1's Save the Music Foundation and Energizer have teamed up to make a difference in Houston's Theodore Roosevelt elementary school. Thursday morning, the two companies gave the Northside school a $30,000 check t ... More >>
Abe Lincoln: Let's get rrrrready to rrrrumbleIn our continuing series of scholarly meditations on the United States Presidency, we now bring you a list of five presidents who could kick the crap out of Chuck Norris. Of note: only one of the top five served after 1908, although two honorable m ... 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 >>
Local movement fights for cottage food bill.
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. credThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>
Yellow Snow PhotographyIf you've always wanted a chance to try out the meat of the mighty black bear, tomorrow, Thursday, is your chance. The first 30 culinary adventurers to make a reservation at Charivari for the three-course, $35 meal will get a chance to sample bear meatball soup Transylv ... More >>
Plus: Rites of Bellaire - It's not hazing, it's fun
Rick Perry is getting a lot of Internet play today for manfully admitting to the Associated Press that he used a laser-sighted pistol with hollow-point bullets to kill a coyote that was threatening his dog while he was out jogging.Take that, dog predator. You should have known our governor never jog ... More >>
Stuck in the asylum with Martin Scorsese — head-trip Shutter Island is the good kind of insane.
Readers give props for calling Obama to task.
Yesterday, we shared the vision of urbanist and blogger Andrew Burleson, who dreams of a Houston in which we dress for the weather at all times, even at work. It's his view that this would lower energy costs and immensely improve civic life overall.He thinks we could begin with a Dress For The We ... More >>
Theodore Roosevelt once remarked that the American grizzly should have been our national symbol instead of the American eagle, which he described as "just a dandified vulture." For me, the margarita is just a dandified tequila sour. My Cinco de Mayo drink of choice is rompope. During the colonial er ... More >>
We've raved before about the book World Without Us by Alan Weisman, which looks at what would happen if -- for some reason -- man simply disappeared from earth one day.Within days, subways in New York City would flood, for instance; after about 75 years the major bridges in the world would start col ... More >>
As America prepares to close the infamous camp, what about those prisoners?
A former journalist looks at presidents on film
In The World Without Us, author Alan Weisman asks a simple question: What would happen to the Earth if human beings were suddenly wiped out tomorrow? Not in some nuclear blast that would ravage the planet, but in some way (the how is unimportant) that removed us from the scene. The answers, and the ... More >>
The Alley puts on a play from 1941 — and it's surprisingly youthful
This week’s big local music news (besides Jana Hunter’s last show before moving to Baltimore) is of course Fitzgerald’s 30th anniversary, starting Thursday with local folksinger supreme Shake Russell, Friday with Fort Worth percussion amoeba Spoonfed Tribe, and Saturday with Denton polka kings ... More >>
You, too, can patrol our borders
Air hockey gets serious
The Alley's dated Arsenic & Old Lace should take a dose of its own medicine
A Book Is a Book
If Betti was Dorothy, and the FBI was the Wizard, who was Toto?
Why is this winsome public sculpture, created by Mount Rushmore's sculptor, languishing in disrepair? And where is her arm?