The collective media genuflection began the moment Nelson Mandela died. Everyone, it seemed, was in agreement: this was a great man, a giant of history, etc. etc. This is partly true, and partly media narrative. For example, South Africa is not, despite Mandela's efforts, in great shape: The scene ... More >>
The film on the momentous event fails to rise to the occasion.
Pop and R&B superstar Frank Ocean has recently opened up to MTV News that he's been on a Beatles and Beach Boys binge when seeking inspiration for his upcoming second full-length record. While it's not exactly surprising to hear of a young artist gorging himself on Beatles classics for ideas, it is ... More >>
This might be a bit redundant, seeing as the readership at Hair Balls -- unlike, say, those who work in front of the camera at CNN -- are among those able to differentiate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but I thought it might be worth a quick run-down of how a substantial Chechen population came ... More >>
Rewind: Who Is Paul McCartney? Rocks Off Tells You 1965: Remembering Houston's Summer of Beatlemania Tickets for Sir Paul McCartney's November 14 concert at Minute Maid Park, the once and future Beatle's first show in Houston since 2005, are now on sale at Ticketmaster. Right now. And just to ma ... More >>
A Russian artist explores the force behind American foreign policy.
Friends with benefitsDinesh Kumar Shah, the violent con-man featured in two Houston Press cover stories from this summer, is currently on trial again. This time around, he's in criminal court answering to allegations that he assaulted a former dancer for the Houston Ballet. Today that dancer ... More >>
This week in 1968, The Beatles inaugurated their Apple Records label in a most auspicious fashion, releasing "Hey Jude" as a 45. The B-side was "Revolution." Written by Paul McCartney and employing a 36-piece orchestra, "Jude" did nothing to dispel the perception that Paul was the "soft" Beat ... More >>
Readers respond to our April Fools' Day Astrodome article.
Clint Eastwood talks straight about his prolific career.
Without U.S. participation, the first-ever global-warming treaty was doomed to only partial success. Will Bali be better?
Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied
You've never heard of him, but Mike Willcox is one of the best on the planet at what he does
Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant
A discussion of non-Christmas Christmas music
Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year
Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York
Bill White steps into his own political spotlight
Spoiled meat, fermented mare's milk and a president who says he'd rip off his kid's head -- such is Wil Wuerdig's life as a musician in Central Asia
The Dixie Chicks and other musicians are fighting for their rights -- and a bigger check
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston sings out for Santa Claus and the baby Jesus
Vietnamese food served with a side of fresh perspectives
An Alvin-based rice company, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the United States Patent Office, and an Indian eco-feminist bring global trade debates to a roiling boil on Houston's back burner
When he was young, William Simon wanted to change the world. The late University of Houston sociology professor changed the way we view sex instead.
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Web designer George Kalas wanted to re-fight the Civil War. Instead, he started one in his own movement.
Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways
Svetlana offers a taste of Mother Russia -- in more ways than one
A former employee calls into question BFI's freshly scrubbed image
Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true
According to a UH professor, his "perceived disability" is one