Personal Jesus

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.
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.


Local author Jarid Manos spares no detail in telling of his troubled youth and inspired adulthood.
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.
Few people make it in the world of online comics. Few people probably even know that online comics exist.


Texas blogger Amanda Marcotte defends the F-word, mostly from the white, Christian, mainly male crazies.
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.
Willie Nelson has been my hero since I was a teenager.


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.
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...


Has Texas A&M Press become the Bush administration’s mouthpiece?
If you’ve picked up a catalog from Texas A&M Press lately, you’ve no doubt noticed all of the battleships and generals and wars. If you’ve caught the university’s Wackenhut-sponsored Homeland Security radio broadca...

Bayou Self

The debut biography of Townes Van Zandt is a portrait of a sacrifice at the altar of commerce.
If you read this debut biography of Fort Worth native Townes Van Zandt — and you need to — the author wants you to understand one thing up front: To Live’s to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt is not an ...

Rooting for Roots

In a new book about Americana, the vitriol tries to dilute the poignant insights.
What an odd book — fascinating at times yet frustrating in its lack of organization and purpose.