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Gregg Barrios’ I-DJ Opens at FRIGID New York Festival

Gregg Barrios, the San Antonio playwright, poet, journalist, and occasional Observer contributor, is taking his new play, I-DJ, to New York City, where it will kick off the FRIGID New York Festival later today. I-DJ is one of the first original San Antonio plays to run in a commercial New York City theater venue, and […]

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A Few of the Observer’s Favorite Love Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Texas Observer! We’d like to use the occasion as a shameless excuse to share some of our writers’ favorite books about love—be they memoirs, cultural histories, or novels. The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk Recommended by Anis Shivani Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence (2009) stands out for me […]

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Searching for Home with Texas Ex-Pat Novelist Greg Baxter

Observer contributor Cecily Sailer reviews Greg Baxter’s new novel, The Apartment, and finds it “intricate and complex, both reportage and confession, littered with moments of meaning—or at least a meaningful search for same.” Read Sailer’s review in its entirety here.

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The Observer Recommends: Short Story Edition

Last year, the Observer’s Emily DePrang called George Saunders on the phone to talk about Tenth of December: Stories, his most recent work. She asked him if short stories fight injustice, and Saunders responded that they do. In his words, short stories “make the boundaries permeable … remind you that you’re not without agency and […]

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Farewell to Texas Troubadour Steven Fromholz

Texas songwriter and wordsmith Steven Fromholz died in a hunting accident this past Sunday, Jan. 19, at age 68, when a rifle he was handling on a feral hog hunt near Eldorado, south of San Angelo, fell and discharged. According to legacy.com, Fromholz’ funeral will be held at 2 p.m. this Friday at the Ft. […]

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Poems Old and New from Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos

2013 Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, a longtime San Antonio resident of Mexican and Greek heritage, makes frequent use of the Ariadne myth in her 1984 book, Again for the First Time, originally published in 1984 and recently reissued by San Antonio’s Wings Press in a 30th-anniversary edition. Read Anis Shivani’s review of Catacalos’ work […]

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James Magnuson Pulls Back the MFA Curtain

The Washington Post dubbed James Magnuson’s new novel “a triumphantly preposterous fish-out-of-water campus caper,” and Famous Writers I Have Known has garnered an abundance of similar kudos. The book’s been called a satire, a romp, a farce, and a gleeful jab at the world of MFA writing programs—one that Magnuson, director of UT’s prestigious Michener […]

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Bill Ayers Fights the Power at BookPeople

You may regard Bill Ayers as a hero or a terrorist. It all depends which side of the political trench you stand on. Either way, the infamous Ayers will be at Austin’s BookPeople at 7 p.m. on Thursday, speaking and signing copies of his newest book, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident. Ayers’ first […]

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