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GRASSROOTS NEWS MEDIA CONFERENCE & CULTURE JAM AustinJun e & Marcos, i a; M Organizing alternatives to corporate and government media, and struggling for liberty, justice, peace, and the free expression of creativity Participants include: Stephen Dunifer Black Liberation Radio, maquiladora union organizers; members of FreePaci fica, and others from Australia, China, Spain, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico. For more information: Grassroots News Network E-mail: grassroots @rootmedia.org ; online: www.geocities.com/ Hollywood/Studio/1082/ eccentrics. The rest of us are apparently too The filmmakers begin hearing the stories of the eccentrics who made up the characters in the original play. A few of these are interesting, but too many are just plain boring, over-the-top caricatures. The football coach, for example, rants about quitters and Vietnam, and shows his players his war wound, the result of a fragging incident. Seeing him go on about it, it’s easy to imagine a fellow soldier taking a shot at him. Other Texas types include a dip-snuffing son who brings his black girlfriend home to meet his redneck family, a lonely MexicanAmerican woman who was named after Hurricane Carla, a dedicated deer hunter who sees animals as souvenirs, and a retarded woman with an amazingly thick hick accent who unfortunately pronounces “pecan” the way Yankees do \(“pecan” being as sure a marker of Texanese as In fact, the most arresting characters are the two film-maker outsiders for a while. They have relationship trouble, and they quarrel interestingly about art versus science in filmmaking. But in the end and this is a huge, deflating, disappointing problem they enter “deep into the heart” of Texas culture. He starts wearing cowboy boots and a cowboy hat; she is rigged out in a country-western two-stepping long skirt, and a cute little ol’ Stetson. They plunge into the heart of Downhomeness, smack in front of the Treaty Oak. I don’t know what somebody from L.A., or New York, or Indianapolis, or even Oklahoma City will make of all this pure-dee Hollywood, Texas, horseshit. But as a lifelong Texan, seeing these three films, in rapid succession, didn’t make me want to have a chickenfried steak, or knock back a couple of Dr Peppers, or go Country & Western at the Broken Spoke, or hang out at Luckenbach \(the spiritual and intellecit just made me want to go to Europe, Australia, Nairobi, Formosa … anywhere else but Texas. Don Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of English at U.T.Austin. His new book, Giant Country, has just been published by TCU Press. CLASSIFIEDS ORGANIZATIONS GRASSROOTS NEWS and MEDIA CONFERENCE and Culture Jam, June 19-21 in Austin. For more Info: [email protected] WORK for single-payer National Health Care. 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