Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta, an Austin resident, has written for Slate, the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.

By Michael Agresta:


‘Upstairs Inferno’ a Harrowing Look at Another Era of LGBT Life

by Michael Agresta | Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 12:23 CST
Robert L. Camina's new documentary takes an unflinching look back at 'the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.'
Luz Maria Sánchez

Narco Violence, as Seen by a Journalist-Turned-Artist

Binational artist Luz Maria Sánchez grapples with killings that haunt her family and her country of birth.

In person and in her art, Sánchez’s style is observational and exact, almost without an expressive first-person stance, except for, perhaps, one of detached and utterly rational horror. She could almost be viewed as an avant-garde journalist who broadcasts her dispatches from speakers shaped like automatic weapons and collects her supporting evidence in the form of migrants’ cast-off garments from the north banks of the Rio Grande. Read More

Lucy's Fried Chicken

The Man Who Designed Texas

For three decades, DJ Stout’s vision has shaped how we look at the Lone Star State.

You may not know designer DJ Stout by name, but if you live in Texas, you know his work. His aesthetic has determined the past 30 years of visual Texana, both forward- and backward-looking. Read More


The Great Mellowing

God, Willie Nelson, and the increasingly thinkable pipe dream of marijuana reform

Thanks to God and Willie Nelson, marijuana reform is an increasingly thinkable pipe dream. Read More

Mel Chin "SEA to SEE"

Now You See It

Artist Mel Chin revisits home in Houston.

"Rematch," Mel Chin's overtly political career-retrospective exhibition, will dominate the Houston museum world for two months. Read More


City of Surfaces

Houston native Donald Barthelme never wrote about the breeze over Buffalo Bayou or the rise and fall of Texas oil fortunes. A star of postmodern American fiction until his death in 1989, Barthelme tended not to moor his stories and … Read More