Nic Yeager

Nic Yeager is the culture fellow at the Observer and the author of the guidebook 111 Places in Austin That You Must Not Miss.
Culture

The Western’s Long Glorification of Oppression

A quintessentially American, and Texan, film genre, the Western has mistold Texas history since its beginnings.

From the May/June 2021 issue “It just so happens we be Texicans,” says Mrs. Jorgensen, an older woman wearing her blond hair in a tight bun, to rough-and-tumble cowboy Ethan Edwards in the 1956 film The Searchers. Mrs. Jorgensen, played … Read More

Culture

Liz Lambert’s New Film Offers a Shallow Portrayal of a Changing Austin

‘Through the Plexi-Glass’ inadvertently portrays the Austin-based hotelier as insensitive and voyeuristic.

Liz Lambert’s new movie is a case study in why property developers shouldn’t make documentaries about gentrification. The Austin-based hotelier’s debut film, released in March, attempts to give viewers a lens into the struggles faced by business people seeking to … Read More

Culture

Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens Recasts Symbols of Life and Death in Texas

In his return to Texas, the artist from Mexia uses animals, silhouette, and texture in his latest installation at the Blanton Museum of Art.

From the March/April 2021 issue. In Diedrick Brackens’ large-scale weavings, Texas is omnipresent. At times, the state is a place of rest and sanctuary; at others, it is one of dispossession and assault. Vivid scenes of care and absolution take place here, … Read More

Border

In ‘At the Ready,’ Latinx High Schoolers Train to Be Border Patrol Agents

A new documentary tells one story of the border through three conflicted young Texans’ job prospects, and the result is emotional, relational, and hard to categorize.

“Here’s the schedule: Active shooter at 12,” says El Paso area high school teacher Louie Jimenez in the first minute of At the Ready. “Hostage negotiation, 1:30. And then drug raid at 2:30.” He’s addressing a class of students in … Read More

Culture, Film, News, The Issue

‘Fugitive Dreams’ Tells a Timeless Tale for Right Now

Austin-based director Jason Neulander and two Texas actors bring a play about homelessness, police violence, and illness to the screen.

John, a nervous chatterbox with a child’s innocence, retches under a tree on the side of the road. “Dust in the lungs,” he says. His companion, the downhearted Mary, forces him to stand and leads him out of sight. “Cops’ll … Read More

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Culture

Poet Claudia Delfina Cardona on Her Debut Poetry Chapbook

Born and raised in San Antonio, this poet and editor writes to and for other Texans.

San Antonio poet Claudia Delfina Cardona can’t help but write about home. In What Remains, Cardona’s new chapbook, the chambers of her heart look like café and bakery Mi Tierra, the music of mariachis or cumbia plays endlessly, and the … Read More

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Education

The Long, Winding Road that Led to the SBOE’s Decision for Texas Schools to Teach Abstinence-Plus Sex Education

For the first time in 23 years, the State Board of Education has updated the state’s health and sex education standards for middle schoolers. The board voted to expand what students learn about safe sex, but LGBTQ2+ issues and consent are still nowhere to be found.

Ann Thanh Phan says she’s tired of educating herself. She’s tired of having to dig up crucial information she didn’t know she needed. And she’s tired of her friends facing confusing, and sometimes traumatic, sexual experiences because of a lack … Read More

A still from "Innocent Boy."
Culture

A New Dallas Production Company Is Bringing Queer Horror to the Fore

Brock Cravy has had a long career working on LGBTQ2+ film and television in Texas. Now, he’s making his own rules.

When critics first asked Dallas filmmaker Brock Cravy what his debut film was about, he didn’t know how to answer. He’d been waiting to make a movie for 40 years. When he did, he says, “I vomited color and expression … Read More

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