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The Talented Miss Highsmith

Jimmy Fowler
Joan Schenkar’s “The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highmith,” reviewed on this week’s ”Books” page, could’ve been a slog at 686 pages. But Schenkar does a marvelous job of ac...


Conan Fights Back; Leno Still Lame

Jeff Prince
The plan hatched by NBC was perfect: move Jay Leno back to his old 10:35 p.m. (Central) time slot, push Conan O’Brien and “The Tonight Show” back to 11:05 p.m., and follow with Jimmy Fallon at five after midnight. Perfect...



Texas Rates High in a Very Low Catagory: Juvenile Prison Abuse

betty.brink
A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that more than 12 percent of the youths who are in state jails and prisons in this country say they were sexually abused during 2008.    One prison-rape watc...


The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2009

Kristian Lin
Part of the fun of this job is scoping out new talent, so here’s my favorite films of 2009 directed by first-time feature filmmakers. I decided not to include documentaries in this list. Oh, and No. 6 on the list is out on DV...



This Just In: Trinity River Filthy

Jeff Prince
From the “Tell-Us-Something-We-Don’t-Already Know” file comes this report — the Trinity River is a toxic mess. Environment Texas, a statewide advocacy group, released a report today entitled “Wasting Our Waterways...


Colt McCoy Loses Game, Gets Girl

Jeff Prince
I’ll bet if you polled University of Texas at Austin fans after last week’s national championship loss to Alabama, they would have rather seen McCoy win the game and fumble the girl. The former quarterback took girlfriend R...



Scenes From a Political Marriage

Kristian Lin
Harry Reid has found trouble recently from Game Change, the upcoming book on the 2008 election. The real dirt, though, is on John and Elizabeth Edwards, as detailed in this excerpt in New York magazine. I just got through readi...


Mark McGwire Apology As Lame As His Lies

Jeff Prince
Steroids must shrink a dude’s brain even smaller than his nuts. That’s how it seemed while watching Mark McGwire sniveling an apology on TV last night. He lied for years — lied by omission, stonewalling, passive-aggre...



Telegraph Canyon to Play SXSW

Anthony Mariani
Telegraph Canyon is now the second band with 817 ties –– the other is Best Fwends –– to be selected to play the annual SXSW Music Festival in mid-March, 2010, in Austin. No word yet on when and where Telegraph will be p...


Off Asides On Dallas Cowboys (and Jay Leno)

Jeff Prince
Watching the Dallas Cowboys pluck the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday made for a fun party with friends but I didn’t get any notes taken. See, most Cowboys games I watch alone at home, taking notes for “Off Asides.” Then ...