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.


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Lifestyles of the Ricas y Famosas

by David Theis

In Mexico, as in the United States, art exhibitions sometimes have the power to stir public protest. In the late 1980s, an exhibition of post-modern, mostly playful images of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Guadalupe in a bikini, etc.) at Mexico … Read More

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Osama’s Secret

How’s this for a daring title? Osama. But I suppose that Afghan writer/director Siddiq Barmak wasn’t counting on the American multiplex audience when he released his film. He couldn’t have taken very much for granted, in fact. The fact that … Read More

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Theater Review

Goat Love

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? Is it possible to still be the “Bad Boy” of the American theater at age 75? Sure, if you’re Edward Albee. In his latest effort, the story of a man who ruins his life … Read More

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Movie Review

Careful Boys, She's Still Alive

Frida Let’s start with the good news. Despite Madonna’s determination to make a Frida Kahlo biopic, she doesn’t make a single appearance here. Not as the celebrated artist. Not even as Tina Modotti, the kinky Commie. So yes, it’s safe … Read More

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Beyond the Power of Words

War has been an important photographic subject since Matthew Brady first toured the battlefields of the Civil War, but our image of the war photographer is mostly a creation of the movies. Like Nick Nolte’s character in Under Fire, the … Read More

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They Were Soldiers, Too

A second helping of great British ensemble acting has opened in Texas theaters: Last Orders. Unlike widely released Gosford Park, however, Last Orders is playing on a limited number of screens. That’s too bad, because the current film is not … Read More

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