Random Stuff

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...


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...



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...


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...



“Modern Family” Shills For Apple

Jimmy Fowler
As techies line up to buy their iPads tomorrow, please say a prayer for the future of American popular entertainment. Last night I watched my Tivo’d version of the hit sitcom “Modern Family.” It’s a great show – cleve...


Mountain Time Zone, Here We Come!

Kristian Lin
I may have to join the Tea Party over this. Gadling.com is reporting that President Obama is abolishing the Central Time Zone effective November 7, with Obama’s home state of Illinois and others joining Eastern Standard T...



Briskets and Comas

dan.mcgraw
Awoke this morning to read Barry Shlachter’s story in the Star-Telegram that brisket prices had soared recently to a record high. Nice picture of my friend Danny Longoria holding up a big slab by his smoker in Everman. Bu...


EPA Kills State Permitting Program

eric.griffey
The Environmental Protection Agency today handed down a decision that could have a major impact on air quality in Texas. The EPA decision – not an unexpected one – was to disapprove what the state environmental agency calls...



Fudge You, “Scarface”

Jimmy Fowler
You may have missed one of this week’s hottest downloads on YouTube: A Bartonville, Illinois elementary school production of Brian DePalma’s Cuban gangster campfest Scarface. Sadly, the two-minute clip turns out to be a fra...


Pondering A Short But Sweet Afterlife

Jeff Prince
This might be a ponderous subject for Blotch, but I’m fascinated with the new issue of Newsweek. Do we go to heaven? Is there a heaven? Are we in our bodies when we get there? Can we sleep on clouds as late as we want? Play i...