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A Picture’s Worth …

JEFF PRINCE
It’s impossible to come of age in a city as grand and colorful as Fort Worth without falling in love with the architecture and scenery: skyscrapers, mom-and-pop shops, rivers, viaducts, longhorns, stockyards, trains, movi...


Fear and Loathing of Big D

JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worthians who’ve followed the longtime rivalry between Cowtown and Dallas will get a shot of schadenfreude from The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City. Author Harvey J. Graff lived in Big D for ...



Fear and Loathing of Big D

JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worthians who’ve followed the longtime rivalry between Cowtown and Dallas will get a shot of schadenfreude from The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City. Author Harvey J. Graff lived in Big D for ...


Personal Jesus

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The Oscar-nominated 2006 film Jesus Camp may have been a documentary, but it played more like a horror movie to non-religious people and to liberal believers.



Dark Ages

Local author Phil Vinson limns the depths of depression in his debut novel.
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Local writer and retired journalist Phil Vinson has published his first work of fiction – and it’s a good one, although I suspect it is not altogether fictional.


Plain-spoken

Local author Jarid Manos spares no detail in telling of his troubled youth and inspired adulthood.
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There are a lot of hard-knock stories that follow a character from the bottom of society’s barrel to a better life full of clean living.



High Score

Scott Kurtz has done the seemingly impossible: achieve 10 successful years in the webcomic biz.
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Few people make it in the world of online comics. Few people probably even know that online comics exist.


Nuts

Texas blogger Amanda Marcotte defends the F-word, mostly from the white, Christian, mainly male crazies.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
If the phrase “West Texas feminist” causes your eyebrows to raise, It’s A Jungle Out There isn’t your kind of book.



Larger than Life

In a new biography of Willie Nelson, journalist and Fort Worth native Joe Nick Patoski unravels some of the mystique but also reveals new magic.
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Willie Nelson has been my hero since I was a teenager.


Love/Hate

Fort Worth Star-Telegram film critic’s debut novel, A Push and a Shove, pulls a neat trick by not being purely gay fiction but also wholeheartedly of it.
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Classic novels of homoerotic obsession — titles like Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, and, if you want to give it a queer-theory spin, John Knowles’ A Separate Peace — have tradition...