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The Star-T’s Intellectual Fraudulence Problem

Anthony Mariani
Readers shouldn’t expect much from the Star-Telegram’s arts and entertainment section. With the exception of film critic Chris Kelly’s work, most of the writing is pretty chummy and seems tossed off. Some of it is painful...


Seeking Writing Submissions

Anthony Mariani
Local poet and all-around rabble-rouser Tammy Gomez is seeking scribed submissions for a forthcoming anthology, the portentously named Somethin’ Stinks in Fort Worth, to be published by Tejana Tongue Press, the publishing arm...



Happy Birthday To A Badass!

Jeff Prince
Not many people own an NFL record that will never be broken. (The first clip on this video shows Dorsett’s record-setting run on MNF). Former Dallas Cowboy running back Tony Dorsett is one of those people. His 99-yard tou...


Critics? Who Needs ‘Em

Anthony Mariani
Daily-newspaper bosses across the country have been letting cultural critics go en masse, no doubt due to the crappy economy, no doubt due to the predominance of the blogosphere. Smarty-pantses are all verklempt about the situa...



Gunshot To Head Killed Ted Pillsbury

Jeff Prince
Ted Pillsbury apparently pulled his car to the side of road, stepped out, and fired a bullet into his head without leaving a note. Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department has ruled Pillsbury’s death a suicide. “He was found o...


The Buddha on KERA-TV

Jimmy Fowler
Tonight’s (Wednesday’s) 8pm broadcast premiere of the PBS documentary The Buddha on KERA-TV Channel 13 should be worth a look – even if, as this NYT review warns, writer-director David Grubin leans toward the thumb-suckin...



KFC Double Down: Angina On A Plate

Jeff Prince
For a guy like me who could happily eat a bowl of lard as long as it was topped with grated cheese, this sandwich sounds like a winner: The KFC Double Down, which uses fried chicken patties as bread, and cheese and bacon as fil...


Uncle Julio, Frog Killer

Jimmy Fowler
You may think you have enough to worry about with the still weak economy, global warming, and Sandra Bullock’s relationship status. Think again! Along comes the national non-profit conservation group Save the Frogs! to heap a...



Will Sarah Palin Just Say No?

Jeff Prince
A pro-marijuana group from Nevada thinks Sarah Palin might be cool. She probably won’t be hot-boxing the hydro weed anytime soon — she said in 2008 that she tried pot and didn’t enjoy the high (unlike Clinton, she act...


Undefeated Rangers Sailing To World Series

Jeff Prince
Only in the early stages of a Major League Baseball season can local fans say something like, “The undefeated Texas Rangers are sailing toward the World Series!” But it’s true for now: The Rangers (1-0) are undefeated, in...