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Fort Worth Author’s Book On Charles Manson Draws Praise

Jeff Prince
Jeff Guinn‘s new book about infamous killer and cult leader Charles Manson is getting plenty of praise from critics, including Janet Maslin at The New York Times. The Los Angeles Times review was lukewarm but overall it l...


Remember English Rockers And The Alamo

Jeff Prince
A book tour to promote The Alamo And Beyond: A Collector’s Journey has brought retired pop star Phil Collins to Texas, a state he dearly loves after a lifelong obsession with Davey Crockett and the Alamo. Collins grew up ...



Young Santa Claus

The jolly fat man gets the musical backstory treatment at Casa Mañana.
JIMMY FOWLER
The problem with Santa Claus is that he’s so ubiquitous during the holidays, he’s become a bit of a bore. People think of him as a big fat symbol of generosity (commercialism?) rather than a character with a backstory –...


The Twenty-Nine Bombs

Though laudable in concept, J.M. Richardson’s debut novel sags in execution.
STEVE STEWARD
Assailing the evils wrought by corporate greed and government cowardice is a noble — if not original — intent. But just as the protester who looks like she’s been at a rave all weekend makes it hard for conservatives to t...



Tapping in to the Bureau

Joseph Schott’s take on J. Edgar Hoover still might make it to the screen.
JEFF PRINCE
The theater wasn’t crowded when Clint Eastwood’s latest biopic J. Edgar played recently at Movie Tavern. Mid-morning on a weekday isn’t exactly prime time for a theater or a tavern, but it’s a fine time for Joseph L. Sc...


Debating Texas Identity

Author Glen Sample Ely exposes some ugly truths beneath the state’s ruggedly handsome veneer.
ZACK SHLACHTER
With Rick Perry making his bid for the U.S. presidency, you can expect to hear in his rhetoric many familiar tropes of Texas identity, especially as the governor attempts to set himself apart from the competition. Most likely, ...



War on Sag

The baggy bottom boys are losing their grip.
Eddie Griffin
Haven’t we been through this before? No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. Even an irreverent shirtless, shoeless hippie from the 1960s got the message that you cannot walk into a five-star restaurant as if you were going to the be...


Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 13 Despite its cringe-inducing name, Tequila for Ta-Tas is nevertheless in service of a worthy cause. The Susan G. Komen-inspired event features music by Poo Live Crew, The Boobles (how appropriate), and DJ Christopher to...



Sarah Palin Book Understates Obvious

Jeff Prince
Anyone who reads Blotch regularly knows that most of its contributors have little faith in Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate. And by “little” I mean none, nada, zilch, hell to the no, snap snap. So there’...


Super: Frank’s Last Shot

This movie is not Kick-Ass. It’s an intriguing, flawed latecomer.
KRISTIAN LIN
It’s a chestnut, but it does bear repeating: Sometimes getting there first matters most. The comic-book satire Super reaches us about a year after Kick-Ass did, and it definitely comes off looking late to the superhero costum...