Last Tuesday evening The Dallas morning News sponsored a conference in the arts district called "Come Together," supposedly to talk about "economic development, education and opportunity" but really to talk about culluh. Yeah, skin color, that topic that pretty much the whole rest of the world is b ... More >>
A domineering Streep doesn't quite kill August: Osage County.
You guys are killing me. I'm a four-hyphen guy, a commie-pinko hippie-liberal nanny-state bleeding-heart libtard. I thought Dallas was supposed to be ultra-conservative. You're supposed to have at least one hyphen. But you keep putting me on the wrong side of the hyphen. Today The Dallas Morning Ne ... More >>
Last Saturday, the folks taking in the new George W. Bush Presidential Center were briefly under the frightening misimpression that it had come under terrorist attack, as reports of an "active shooter" put the center and SMU on lockdown. Among the visitors were Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winni ... More >>
We were pretty sure that Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Ricks' recent suggestion in the Washington Post that America exile Texas in pursuit of a more perfect union was a joke. Blaming the state for the JFK assassination (without Texas, "John F. Kennedy might still be alive") and the wars in Iraq and A ... More >>
Obama's reelection last year prompted a lot of talk over whether Texas should once again secede from the Union. Except for a few die-hard secessionists, though, few considered it a serious proposal, more like an opportunity to make Texas jokes. So the debate just kind of fizzled out. But the Washin ... More >>
Los Angeles Times political columnist and cartoonist David Horsey, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, authored a column and cartoon yesterday arguing that, "... there are way too many oddballs among us with violence on their minds and guns within reach." I get the second part, about the gun ... More >>
So you want to be a rock star, but you haven't been able to convince your partner to let you strip off the Polo long enough to slip into coolness. Thankfully, Halloween is just around the corner. It's the perfect time of year to lose the tie and slip on the dog collar. See also: - The 10 best Hal ... More >>
The Joppa Gateway is one of those half dozen parks included in the city's Trinity River Corridor Project that will provide access to the wetlands and horse parks and other amenities that are being built. Located near the junction of Interstate 45 and Loop 12 ... er, ahem ... Great Trinity Forest Way ... More >>
You'll have to forgive us veterans of the newspaper business, but certain days -- especially Mondays for some reason -- are just self-referential days. Something in us wants to say to readers, "But enough about you." We wake up way more concerned with ourselves than anybody else out there. And as ... More >>
Like many food writers I'm sure, I've been watching Pulitzer-winning Jonathan Gold's transition from the LA Weekly to the Los Angeles Times closely. The death of the star system at the daily publication has gotten a lot of attention, too, but it's Gold's first blog post that has invoked deep introsp ... More >>
For WaterTower Theatre's first local production of August: Osage County, the Pulitzer-winning drama by Tracy Letts, director René Moreno sticks with the star of his acclaimed 2011 Oklahoma City production, longtime Dallas actress Pam Dougherty, in the lead as matriarch Violet Weston. She co-starr ... More >>
Stephen King made a rare appearance at the 6th Floor Museum recently, touting his new novel, 11/22/63, which was nominated last week for an annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award by the Literary Review. We understand that bad sex might not be the only reasonable gripe about King's Kennedy-era thriller, ... More >>
Texas schools earn a couple of mentions in Taylor Branch's explosive article "The Shame of College Sports" in the current Atlantic Monthly. Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-wining civil rights movement historian, piles shame upon shame in calling for an end to the ludicrous fraud of amateur athle ... More >>
The Ochre House sends up O'Neill's greatest; Sylvia's cute as a pup at Pocket.
Colleen McCain Nelson debuts a new political column today on the op-ed page of The Dallas Morning News in which she holds up my former hometown, Detroit, as the arch example of what Dallas needs not to be. She's writing about Mayor Dave Bing's initiative to withdraw scarce city services from ... More >>
Via The Sounds of HistoryHad dinner at the folks' house last night, after which the boy and I went digging through a stack of old Dallas Newses and Times Heralds my dad keeps stashed in a closet, almost completely forgotten. They were my grandfather's and date back to November 22, 1963, and fast- ... More >>
As we mentioned a few weeks back, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra played Carnegie Hall this week as part of the first-ever Spring for Music fest. The piece performed: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and librettist Gene Scheer's August 4, 1964, the LBJ commission that world-premiered i ... More >>
Don't blame them for hip-hop cliches; also, how to propose in Mexico.
Speaking of the arts (and, in the comments, affordable tickets) ...The Dallas Symphony Orchestra sends word this morning that the DSO's heading to Carnegie Hall on May 11, where, as part of the first-ever Spring for Music fest, the orchestra will perform for the 11th time -- its first with mus ... More >>
Buzz Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His Friday Night Lights captured high-school football in Texas, spawned a network TV series and afforded him writing immortality. Buzz Bissinger is also an idiot. At least when it comes to the NBA. His "White Men Can't Root" column for ... More >>
Dr. Lauren McDonaldA few weeks back we took a look at the back-and-forth between The Dallas Morning News and Parkland Memorial Hospital, which, in recent months, has been the subject of numerous investigative pieces detailing patients put at risk and "needlessly harmed," in the words of News Depu ... More >>
Just in case you don't know what frippery means...As a writer, I always keep one Internet tab tuned to Merriam-Webster's website, which is the best source I've found for the precise meanings of words (and the correct spelling of "simultaneously," which I regularly butcher so badly that Micros ... More >>
Dunston's smokes out affordable steak