Rachel Proctor


The Empire’s New Clothes

by | Fri, Jun 4, 2004 at 12:00 am CST

Dean is Dead, Long Live the Dean!

What can Texas Democrats learn from the blogs, the meetups, and the grassroots improvising?

The first Wednesday in March, a group of Howard Dean’s Austin supporters did what they’d been doing the first Wednesday of every month for more than a year. They crowded into a back room at Scholtz’s Beer Garten, a longtime … Read More



The Chic Girls

There are three of them, perched on their café stools like an elite flock of glamorous pigeons. They are perhaps 19, and indisputably lovely. One wears a cherry-red, knee-length coat, or manteau, over white capri pants. Her lipstick, too, is … Read More


Dwindling Into Symbols

Fifteen years after its publication, Cracking India, by Bapsi Sidhwa, is still on the bestseller lists in India. The basis for the 1999 film Earth by director Deepa Mehta, the novel features an 8-year-old girl named Lenny, who watches as … Read More


Your Right to Not Much

How the 78th Lege chipped away at reproductive rights

Deliberations were winding down when Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) rose to offer a final amendment to House Bill 15, the ironically titled “Women’s Right to Know Act.” He had little reason to hope that the powerful pro-life contingent in the … Read More


Filmmaker Interview

Censorship is Everywhere'

While many people tend to think of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians as just that–a conflict between two nations–it is easy to forget that cleavages just as deep run within the Israeli and Palestinian communities. Cinema is a major … Read More


Chipping Away at Roe

If you're young or poor, you're hit hardest

Despite the efforts of anti-abortion activists, support for Roe v. Wade remains unshakably high in this state. A recent poll commissioned by Texas family planning groups found that 84 percent of those surveyed agreed with a broad statement endorsing legalized … Read More


Interview with a Filmmaker

Across the Tracks in Austin

Andrew Garrison is an award-winning filmmaker and professor at the University of Texas. His narrative and documentary films consistently examine the meaning of place, and the role of art and media in harnessing its power to effect social change. Originally … Read More


Book Review

Dateline Doha

Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East It has been called an apologist for terrorists, a Zionist mouthpiece, a CIA collaborator, and a propaganda outlet for radical Islamists. And all that was … Read More