Cold in July may not be high art, but it triumphs because of the delight it takes in its own mad energy....Read More
Fiction Review: Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans Complicates the ‘Single Story’ of Latinos in the U.S.
In Texas, at least, Mexican immigration has largely defined the Latino narrative, but Cristina Henríquez’s big-hearted second novel challenges this “single...Read More
How much of our lives are choice, and how much chance? With Monday, Monday, Elizabeth Crook taps into the truth that the answer is some of both. ...Read More
Moral and spiritual courage, along with straightforward, unpretentious prose, make Teaching the Cat to Sit an eloquent, entertaining, and deeply brave me...Read More
Cynthia Bond’s debut novel leaves the reader dirty, her words clinging to your eyes, your hands and your heart as if you have just stood naked, battered and r...Read More
The experience of reading Kevin Powers’ new poetry collection, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting, is much like combat itself—long periods of cal...Read More
The Texas Observer reviews "The Parallel Apartments" by Austin author Bill Cotter...Read More
Reviewing The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism
Barking dogs and sinking ships: Journalism’s search for metaphor and meaning.
Texas Observer contributor and University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen reviews Dean Starkman's "The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financi...Read More