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Critics’ Notebook

High Plains Picker Power to the people. That’s one way of interpreting the writing on Woody Guthrie’s guitar, which read, “THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS.” […]

Jim Hightower

The report came from the official inspector in March 2008, and its conclusion was unequivocal: “The overall food safety level of this facility,” he […]

Dateline

Late last month I dragged myself to a punk-rock show at a dingy bar on Austin’s East Side. Club 1808 is half a block […]

Review

In Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath, a gun-wielding ruffian named Gar Face lords over the wildlife of the East Texas Piney Woods with rage and […]

Review

Publishers ought to post a warning on the cover of any book by philosopher Peter Singer: Caution-Contents may cause dramatic changes in the way […]

Back of the Book

I miss Yellow Journalism. I mean obviously I wasn’t there, 110 years ago, when William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were duking it out […]

Bad Bills

Trimming the Grassroots Senate Bill 690 Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio Karen Hall’s knees still haven’t recovered from gathering signatures door-to-door for an amendment […]

Bad Bills

Trimming the Grassroots Senate Bill 690 Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio Karen Hall’s knees still haven’t recovered from gathering signatures door-to-door for an amendment […]

Dr. Bob’s Terror Shop

One morning in February, more than 2,000 cops, fire marshals, and public health officials in the Dallas-Fort Worth area received a memo—stamped “For Official […]

Burn Patterns

Curtis Severns is serving 27 years for an arson he almost certainly didn’t commit. Sloppy fire science put him there.