Revisiting 'Paris, Texas' — the film that made nowhere hip.
'Paris, Texas' invented a certain flavor of Texas cool, an updated take on the archetypes of the state (men wandering out of the desert, trailer-park romance, drive-up banks and neon roadside diners) that appealed to cultured outsiders. Read More
Nearly four dozen people, including at least six children, have been killed (so far) in Texas mass shooting incidents this year.
According to the Gun Violence Archive and ShootingTracker.com, America has averaged more than one mass shooting per day so far in 2015. Twenty-one of those mass shootings (instances where four or more people were killed or injured by gunfire) occurred in Texas. Of the eight deadliest gun violence incidents of the year nationwide, Texas can claim three. Read More
Her brand of blues presaged 21st century sexual politics.
Joplin remains important now, 45 years after her death, through a combination of that indelible voice and her zeitgeisty identification with the exuberant spirit of 1960s counterculture. Read More
Robert L. Camina's new documentary takes an unflinching look back at 'the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.'
Upstairs Inferno is a worthy effort to dredge up a piece of significant, but for too many of us, forgotten, history — what is, in Camina’s estimation, the largest-ever mass murder of LGBT people in the United States. Read More
Binational artist Luz Maria Sánchez grapples with killings that haunt her family and her country of birth.
In person and in her art, Sánchez’s style is observational and exact, almost without an expressive first-person stance, except for, perhaps, one of detached and utterly rational horror. She could almost be viewed as an avant-garde journalist who broadcasts her dispatches from speakers shaped like automatic weapons and collects her supporting evidence in the form of migrants’ cast-off garments from the north banks of the Rio Grande. Read More
For three decades, DJ Stout’s vision has shaped how we look at the Lone Star State.
You may not know designer DJ Stout by name, but if you live in Texas, you know his work. His aesthetic has determined the past 30 years of visual Texana, both forward- and backward-looking. Read More