Book Reviews

TAYLOR and CLIFT

Review by Dr. M. Emanuele The book Elizabeth and Monty by Charles Casillo is an enlightening glimpse of the intertwined lives of the movie icons Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. Although there are numerous salacious […]

Book Reviews

Sparta in 4 Volumes

Dr. Paul Rahe (Hillside College, Michigan), has now published 4 volumes in his history of Sparta. The Spartan Regime (2016) served as a prelude to this series on the foreign policy of Sparta. It was […]

Book Reviews

The Making of Milton

In this first of a projected two-volume work, Nicholas McDowell (Univ. of Exeter) offers “a biography of the mind” of the young Milton, “before he became renowned as the writer of the greatest narrative poem […]

Theatre Scene

A Texas “Hit”

The 2013 play by C. Denby Swansen, The Norwegians, has arrived but not in Austin. Should you care? In a word, yes. If you want to laugh pretty much non-stop for 90 minutes, this is […]

Historic Sites

Texas Caves and Cave Art

Inner Space cavern was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the Spring of 1963. Six inch core samples were taken to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a […]

Historic Sites

Natural Bridge Caverns

There are many caves in central Texas, and some are right here in Austin. Back in August 2019, more were found in the area of La Crosse Avenue bridge in south Austin. You can’t visit […]

Arts scene

  • Several images come to mind when one thinks of Van Gogh, especially sunflowers, and starry night scenes. The current exhibit of 50 of his works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is, to a [...]

Music scene

  • The Texas Tenors have been entertaining audiences for 10 years, and did so again at the Tucson Music Hall in a concert largely devoted to Christmas music. A better choice would have been a concert [...]

Presidential library

Theatre scene

  • The 2013 play by C. Denby Swansen, The Norwegians, has arrived but not in Austin. Should you care? In a word, yes. If you want to laugh pretty much non-stop for 90 minutes, this is [...]

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  • In the United States, the issue of death tax (euphemistically termed estate tax by the government) became a political football in 2010. Four billionaires died that year, which just happened to be the year federal [...]

Editor’s pick

  • The Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana (Uhura in the current run of Star Trek movies) made an appearance at SXSW in Austin to discuss BESE (pronounced “Bee-Seh”), a digital platform intended to reshape the cultural [...]
  • Christmas in 2005 at the George Bush White House was a much more elaborate affair than the 1967 Christmas profiled in a companion story on the Sun News Austin website. That one was when Lyndon [...]
  • If you liked Helen Reddy you will really enjoy Parallel Lives. If you don’t know who Helen Reddy is, you probably won’t appreciate most of the comedy in this play from 1986, currently being staged [...]
  • South by Southwest is about to begin, and the highlight this year will be Good Omens. It is an upcoming TV series based on a 1990 book, and will star David Tennant of Dr. Who [...]