Daily Archives: April 3, 2009

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.” The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (2503 4th Ave., Canyon, 806-651-2244) seconds that motion with “It’s Been Good …

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 wrote, “was considered to be: SUPERIOR.” The facility was the Peanut Corp. of America’s processing plant …

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 from the corner of 12th Street and Chicon, an area known more for its crime rate …

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 rum-fueled violence. His grimy shack in a bone-strewn clearing is both hideout and hell. Even so, …

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 you live your life. More than 30 years ago, I read Animal Liberation, Singer’s compelling case …

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 for supremacy in a New York City newspaper war. But I went to work for the …

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 to Bryan’s city charter. “Democracy is a messy business,” she says, “but we like it.” Hall …

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 to Bryan’s city charter. “Democracy is a messy business,” she says, “but we like it.” Hall …

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 Use Only”—that contained shocking information: Middle Eastern terrorists and “their supporting organizations” had gained a stronghold …

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