Former U.S. vice president Al Gore’s SXSW Interactive appearance with social media zelig Sean Parker (Napster, Plaxo, Facebook, Causes.com) Monday didn’t have a name like all the other panels at the conference, but it could have easily been, “When is all this social media stuff finally gonna be worth something politically?” Gore began and ended the talk, which took place in the Austin Convention Center's cavernous Exhibit Hall 5, by calling for the digital world to “occupy Democracy.”
Free food and SXSW go together like tortillas, beans and cheese. But competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi had to earn his keep at SXSW Interactive on Sunday.
Welcome to “Read State,” a recurring TM Daily Post feature in which we ask noteworthy Texans—from writers and singers to athletes and politicians—what they’re reading. Today we bring you the reading habits of Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune and former editor of TEXAS MONTHLY.
Cartoonist Matthew Diffee, a Texas native, got his first piece in the New Yorker by winning a contest. His work has been in there ever since ... except when it isn't, which is how he also ended up editing the infamous "Rejection Collection" books. As the description for his SXSW panel, "Being An Idea Factory" says:
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sat down with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Wednesday.
In a two-part interview, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards talked about contraception, sex education, and how Texas regulations "really demean women."
In part one, Richards says, "We do more to prevent unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion than any organization in this country:"
Last week Austin's restaurant community got itself a high-profile win when Uchiko's Paul Qui was named "Top Chef." Now Eater National's second annual "Hottest Chef in America"--that's hot as in sexy, ("appearance is literally the only criteria," wrote Eater Austin's Andrea Grimes)--has gone to an Austinite as well.
Editor's note: David Hanners, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Dallas Morning News, wrote more than forty stories about the Kerry Max Cook case, starting in 1988, and broke much of the news that is now used by Cook's lawyers and supporters as evidence of his innocence. Hanners won a Gavel Award from the State Bar of Texas for his coverage of Cook. He currently writes for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Here are five photos of important Texas news stories that captured the nation's attention, including a shot of the South Texas Trail Riders, pictured above outside Tynan, Texas on their annual ride to San Antonio.
The March 2012 issue of Men's Fitness includes the magazine's first "America's Fattest Cities" survey since 2009, and yes ... Houston, we have a problem. (We hate that cliché, too, but Men's Fitness itself already claimed the stock "everything's bigger" joke.)
As Nate Millard's feature (which is not yet available online) began: