By sticking too close to history, Robert Schenkkan gives LBJ a pass.
'The Great Society' focuses on the events that defined LBJ’s presidency: Selma-to-Montgomery marches; the budget fights to fund Great Society programs; the human toll of the Vietnam War; and finally, Johnson’s decision to not run for re-election. While we have a front-row seat to the inner sanctum of the Johnson White House, little new is uncovered, and few are the insights into LBJ’s private persona and decision-making. Read More
Writes Gregg Barrios: Ali "gave me and countless others the moral right to protest the draft and the war," and inspired a new wave of activists of color. Read More
Forty years ago, Chicano students in Crystal City created a Bowie-inspired rock opera.
Forty years ago, Chicano students in Crystal City created a Bowie-inspired rock opera. Teacher Gregg Barrios wonders if his kids influenced the rock genius. Read More
Why hasn’t the Texas Book Festival's overwhelmingly white board of directors ensured that Texas’ fastest-growing demographic is adequately represented? Read More
The complicated life of Texas' most famous stripper.
How times have changed. These days, the term burlesque conjures the safest kind of sexiness, a retro-flirty striptease that’s tame enough for hipster bars, dates and even a family-friendly Hollywood blockbuster staring Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl who makes … Read More
Confessions of a Counterculture Past
Growing up in the south Texas town of Victoria in the 1950s, my future seemed bleaker than that of the teenagers in The Last Picture Show or the nameless young Mexican narrator in John Rechy’s City of Night. But the … Read More