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As Much Magic as Fact
In the month since the publication of Stephen Harrigan's historical novel The Gates of the Alamo, a visible restructuring of the public notion of the fort has seized the imagination of Texas. [03-28-00]
— David Garza, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Boy Raises Man
"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" often sidesteps grief and even undermines its critics by slyly layering the self-deprecation. [03-06-00]
— Stuart Wade, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Lone Star Sweden
Lars Gustafsson has the air of a sailor, as though the Austin author transplanted from Sweden were some Sinbad come to rest after a dozen ports. [02-28-00]
— Roger Gathman, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Benevolent Agitator
Jim Hightower's undiluted populism is wittty, rousing, and engaging, as seen in Hightower's new book If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates. [02-14-00]
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Homegrown Don Quixotes
Neal Barrett Jr.'s latest mind-over-matter comic thriller, Interstate Dreams, "has an oddly disorienting effect." [01-24-00]
— Mike Shea, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Count Her In
For 30 years, article by article, Denise Schmandt-Besserat has built an ironclad case to explain a mystery that foiled archeologists, anthropologists, and philosophers for hundreds of years. [12-13-99]
— Ada Calhoun, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Last Fool of Chelm
How Nathan Englander Survives His New Fame. [12-07-99]
— David Garza, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Tomorrow Is Better
Walter Meyer is more than just a survivor of Nazi Germany. [11-29-99]
— Katherine Catmull, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

In Good Company
A casual spectator might not realize just how much Robert Creeley's long literary career -- he's 73 this year -- has been conducted on the edge. [11-15-99]
— Craig Arnold, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

A Portrait of the Artist as a Grad Student
David Garza uses a new history of the Iowa Writers' Workshop to question whether creative writing can be taught. [10-25-99]
— David Garza, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Celebrated for the Least of Reasons
Chronicle reviewer Tom Doyal has took to writin' just like Larry L. King, the playwright behind "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." [10-18-99]
— Tom Doyal, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Huntress Captured by the Game
The second anniversary of Princess Diana's death has brought some clunky and some surprising -- and surprisingly good -- new books to the fore. [08-30-99]
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Off the Bookshelf
"End of an Age" by Paul Graham. "A Certain Age" by Tama Janowitz. "Zen Computer" by Philip Toshio Sudo. "Sciborg Sam and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" by Alexander Uriostegui. [08-30-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Steel Magnolia
In "Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson," author Jan Jarboe Russell provides a gripping examination of the former first lady who had a habit "of staying above it all." [08-23-99]
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Off the Bookshelf
"DA: Prosecutors in Their Own Words" by Mark Baker. "Lapham's Rules of Influence" by Lewis Lapham. "Due South" by R. Scott Brunner. "The Pig Farmer's Daughter" by Mary Frances Berry. [08-23-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Book Reviews
"L.A. Requiem" by Robert Crais, and "Mosaic Man" by Ronald Sukenick. [08-23-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Off the Bookshelf
"Revolutionary Romanticism" edited by Max Blechman. "Sex for the Millennium" by Harold Jaffe. "Geography of Home" by Akiko Busch. "Italian Fever" by Valerie Martin. [08-16-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Book Reviews
Hangover Soup by Louise Redd, The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst. [08-16-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

The Poetry of Pain
"The Fires" by René Steinke. "Lorca: A Dream of Life" by Leslie Stainton. "Latino Heretics" edited by Tony Diaz. "An Equal Music" by Vikram Seth "California Fire and Life" by Don Winslow. [08-09-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Off the Bookshelf
"Sky Over El Nido" by CM Mayo. "Body" edited by Sharon Sloan Fiffer and Steve Fiffer. "The Inn at Lake Devine" by Elinor Lipman. "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig. [08-09-99]
AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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