Christopher Kelly

You’d think a movie critic might relish passing thumbs-up, thumbs-down judgments on all the latest flicks, but for Fort Worth–based writer-at-large Christopher Kelly, that’s the least interesting part of his job. “Movies and TV and celebrities are more than entertainment,” says the Staten Island native. “I like to figure out how they relate to life and the place they take within culture.” The former film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kelly’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, Slate, Film Comment, and many other publications. His debut novel, A Push and a Shove, was published by Alyson Books and won the 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation award for Best Debut Novel. His favorite movies, in no particular order, are A Hard Day’s Night, All That Jazz, The Silence of the Lambs, and Nashville.

Stories

Revisiting the Dallas Club That Gave Rise to Raves

In the 1980s, The Starck Club was where everyone—gay, straight, conservative and liberal—went to be themselves and to break the rules. With the release of an eponymous documentary, the history of the club is finally being told.

Is This the Best New American Musical in Years?

The Dallas Theater Center premiered "Fortress of Solitude," a melancholy, soulful musical—a gamble as far as the genre goes. But it might pay off for the ambitious theater company.

The Tire Blowout Will Be Televised

A Jumbotron Arms Race.

Is SXSW's Technology Festival Too Big to Be Truly Interactive?

Some South by Southwest Interactive participants say the event has become more of a celebrity affair than a technology conference.

Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban, Calls It Unconstitutional

San Antonio District Court judge Orlando Garcia wrote: “This Court holds that Texas' prohibition on same-sex marriage conflicts with the United States Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.”

"Las Marthas": The Ordinary Lives of Laredo Debutantes Donning Gowns in the Style of Martha Washington

"Las Marthas," a documentary airing on PBS Monday, follows two debutantes from either side of the US-Mexico border as they prepare for their debutante ball.

The Accidental Activists

Five months ago, many of Mark Phariss's co-workers didn't know he was gay. Today, he's part of a lawsuit that could change Texas.

When Writers Write About Writers

In his new book, James Magnuson, the head of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, skewers (lovingly) the people who attend programs like the one he directs.

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

It's supposed to be a bad time for print. Yet new literary journals and small presses keep cropping up in the state's capital.

Five Texas Books to Give for the Holidays

Our guide to some idiosyncratic books with local connections for every personality on your gift list.

Cormac Relief

Will Cormac McCarthy’s films tarnish his literary reputation?

Suffer, Dude

Matthew McConaughey plays a bigoted man dying of AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club—and proves once again that he should be taken seriously.

How the Austin Film Festival Came to Celebrate Writers

The twenty-year-old festival makes the writers the real stars of television and movies.

One Talk Show That Will Never Book a Kardashian

On “Smart Girls at the Party,” an Austin-based Web series hosted by Amy Poehler, the guests are decidedly nonfamous teenagers talking about their lives.

Why Filmmakers Are Choosing to Shoot in Louisiana Instead of Texas

"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" is a Texas film in many ways—the setting, the story, the director, and two producers—yet there wasn't enough incentive to get the filmmakers to shoot the film in their home state.

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