David Theis

David Theis is a long-time Houston writer and a longer-time devotee of Mexican food.

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by David Theis | Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:20 CST

Killing Kid Care

Carol and Hurt Porter Jr. ran a well-connected, million-dollar "model charity" in Houston—until it all came crashing down.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous version of this story, the Observer stated that KTRK reporter Wayne Dolcefino failed to retract an erroneous reports that Kid Care founders Carol and Hurt Porter Jr. had used charity funds to pay property taxes; KTRK … Read More



The Donald

In a 1981 Paris Review interview, Donald Barthelme averred that his life’s story “would not sustain a person’s attention for a moment.” Perhaps he intended to excuse the absence of obviously biographical material in his work. Barthelme was, after all, … Read More


The Man Without a Middle

If you’re one of those people who grumbles that nobody in Hollywood takes chances anymore, take a moment to consider the cases of director Steven Soderbergh and actor Benicio del Toro. Che, their bifurcated film about the beginning and the … Read More


A Quiet Life, but Not Desperate

I wonder how many residents of Gonzales, Texas, are aware that a luminous work of art has been created on the streets of their home town. That work of art is Austin filmmaker Chris Eska’s August Evening. It’s an extremely … Read More


Misfortunate Son

Has anyone ever been more fascinating on account of his limitations, rather than his strengths, than George W. Bush has? The unreflective gut-player has inspired a library of books, a shelf of documentaries, and now an Oliver Stone film. (He … Read More


A Poet Without Borders

Houston's Fady Joudah makes his mark.

You can track Fady Joudah’s biographical trajectory along one of two appealing threads. The humanitarian strand goes like this: He’s a doctor who works in the ER of Houston’s Veterans Administration hospital, doing his best to heal patients who often … Read More


Sino Eyes

This year's FotoFest explores the ironies and intricacies of China.

Under the guidance of co-founders and curators Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, FotoFest, the biennial Houston extravaganza that ranks among the world’s best photography festivals, has always been something of a cultural agenda-setter. It’s only a slight exaggeration to claim … Read More


The Devil’s Domicile

What West Texas has to show the world

There was much talk last fall about the box office failure of a handful of films that dealt directly with the Iraq War. In the Valley of Elah, Grace is Gone, Redacted, and Lions for Lambs combined didn’t gross enough … Read More