Laird does a masterful job of showing how, for many performers, the whole question of authenticity has become ridiculous.
Country music historian Bill C. Malone has lived to see the 50th anniversary reissue of his landmark book, Country Music USA. Fellow scholar Tracey E. W. Laird (Austin City Limits: A History) joined him for this, the book’s fourth edition, … Read More
Kyle Shelton’s even-handed new history never lets the reader forget that one person’s infrastructure disappointment is another person’s happiness.
Jensen Drive, on the east side of downtown Houston, is an unlikely spot to begin a narrative. This bleak stretch of pavement crosses over a sunken Interstate 10, under an elevated I-69 and connects two somewhat scruffy neighborhoods, the largely … Read More
The oldest public park in Houston has been transformed by a $33 million renovation. But will it be enough to save the Third Ward?
Behind the New Look of Houston’s Oldest Park, a Complex Racial History The oldest public park in Houston has been transformed by a $33 million renovation. But will it be enough to save the Third Ward? On a recent Saturday … Read More
In the Harris County Flood Control District's “demonstration project,” 5,800 feet of Buffalo Bayou winding through the Hogg Bird Sanctuary and Houston's River Oaks neighborhood will have its vegetation, including its riparian forest, scraped bare. Read More
Truly Texas Mexican is at least as much manifesto as recipe collection. Read More
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
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