The Rough Guide to Frackistan

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should rank alongside the smartphone as this young century’s most transformative technology. Over the past decade, so much oil and gas has been unlocked from previously impervious rock that America’s generation-long energy crisis has all but ended. Instead of a crippling strategic vulnerability—dependence on foreign oil—we now have a potentially exportable gas and oil surplus that could be wielded against petro-thugs like Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

The Bum Steer Catalog

That’s right, shop. Because this year we are introducing the Bum Steer Catalog, offering you the opportunity to browse actual items that’ll help you keep that Bum Steer feelin’ all year long. (Please note: that Bum Steer feelin’ can sometimes be confused with chafing; this sensation should abate over time.)

The Literary Journal and the Small Press Live On, in Austin

In choosing a name for their new literary press, A Strange Object, Callie Collins and Jill Meyers turned to a quotation from an early Donald Barthelme short story, “Florence Green Is 81.” In the story, a character describes the aim of literature as “the creation of a strange object covered in fur which breaks your heart.”

It’s a quotation that seems especially resonant, now that many in the publishing industry wonder if physical books are an endangered species.

5 Books That Make the Texas Book Festival Thoroughly Native

The eighteenth annual Texas Book Festival kicks off at the Capitol this weekend, and this year's edition features nationally acclaimed authors Meg Wolitzer, R.L. Stine, Lemony Snicket, and Sherman Alexie, among others. Although the festival honors authors from across the globe, it takes care to celebrate its home state too, and we've listed all the Texas books and native authors you can find at the festival.

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