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At Half Price Books, a Dallas Cop Was Nearly Killed by a Fleeing J.R.R. Tolkien Thief

7 years ago by Eric Nicholson
On Wednesday afternoon, an employee at the Half Price Books mothership on Northwest Highway watched a customer as she picked out a selection of audiobooks, concealed them under her shirt, and nonchalantly walked out the back door. Darrell Stevens, a Dallas police officer working an off-duty security job at the...

Talkin' Tolkien

18 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
David Salo's colleagues and classmates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have absolutely no idea how he spends his free time. It's not that the 32-year-old linguistics grad student is ashamed of his hobby (or obsession), which has occupied him for some 26 years. They simply cannot be bothered with it...

He’s My Tolkien Little Friend

6 years ago by Danny Gallagher
Another Hobbit movie means Tolkien-heads will emerge from their Dallas shires to see the latest installation of this quest. The Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson couldn’t resist the chance to offer fans the ultimate Hobbit experience before the premiere of Peter Jackson’s next big-screen J.R.R. Tolkien adventure. This time, the Drafthouse...

With Mowgli, Netflix Has Its First Blockbuster

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
This time, though, the lessons are urgent, the jungle threatened by man, the wicked tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) a true terror vowing to one day taste that boy’s blood

Netflix’s The Dragon Prince Is a Fantasy Knockout, but Its Disenchantment Is a Slog

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Netflix has recently offered two modest stabs at this stabbing-est of genres, a pair of animated series, one of which bristles with promise

Three Dallas Chefs Attempt to Save the World, One Funghi Burger at a Time

4 years ago by Nick Rallo
And so it went: Yesterday at Smoke, with meat hissing on the grill, three chefs, one hearty food foundation and a council of mushrooms set off on a quest to save Earth.  The Mushroom Council was at Dallas' Smoke looking to help the planet. This council is not part of...

Jumanji Returns With Weak Jungle Action and Not-Bad Dick Jokes

2 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The new one is bigger and dumber than the previous, a feat considering the relentless clatter of the 1995 iteration ...

Dream World of Magic

13 years ago by Mark Hughes
Before the fuss over Harry Potter corrupting children to pagan ways, much was made of The Chronicles of Narnia being a Christian allegory. Who would have thought? Kids sure don't; they are above such analysis and petty trifling. At its core Narnia is a simply a collection of fantastic images...

Say Uncle

15 years ago by Michelle Martinez
Between writing works of allegorical fiction and sharing a pint with chum J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis found plenty of time to be frightened of the dentist. "What do people mean when they say, 'I am not afraid of God because I know He is good'? Have they never even been...

Night of the Living Art

1/23 Midwinter. Bleak if you have psoriasis or seasonal affective disorder. Unbearably bleak if your husband crashed his truck, fractured his vertebrae and has to wear a back brace for two more months. Profoundly bleak since all you can think about is sex. Your therapist suggests you try new things:...

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