David Theis

David Theis is a longtime Houston writer. He is the author of the novel Rio Ganges and the editor of the anthology Literary Houston.


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


Everywhere Else, It’s Called Football

I’ve had a hard time making a baseball fan of my 9-year-old son, Gabriel. The night Enron Field opened, I pulled an Astros T-shirt over his then-2-year-old head and toted him downtown for the festivities. “Someday you’ll be able to … Read More


Out of Africa

“A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary African Art Abroad” When you pull up in front of the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, headed for the gallery’s “A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary African Art Abroad” exhibition, you might be forgiven for thinking … Read More



Houston doesn’t have many public plazas, so we try to get maximum impact from the few we can boast of. So, not satisfied with being home to Halliburton Plaza, which is located at the ballpark formerly known as Enron Field, … Read More


Y Tu Compinche Tambien

When Nicotina was released in Mexico last year, director Hugo Rodríguez and writer Martín Salinas, a pair of transplanted (to Mexico) Argentines, were charged with ripping off Pulp Fiction, Run Lola Run, Go, After Hours, and Guy Ritchie’s Snatch—not without … Read More


The View from Doha

by David Theis

George Bush has certainly enlivened the summer movie season. Fahrenheit 9/11 is perhaps the first must-see documentary since Nanook of the North, and, now that Michael Moore has battered open the cineplex doors, a truly improbable number of films are … Read More


Risky Business

Jonathan Demme is often a flashy filmmaker—and that’s a compliment. The only reason to see The Truth about Charlie, his recent remake of Charade, was the hyperkinetic way he depicted the streets of Paris in all their Africanized, post-colonial glory. … Read More