books http://kut.org en Barstool Poetry Can Turn Anyone Into a Poet http://kut.org/post/barstool-poetry-can-turn-anyone-poet <p>When things get quiet at a bar, many turn to their cell phone as a way to escape that awkward feeling.</p><p>Bob Makela hopes to change that with <a href="http://barstoolpoetry.com">Barstool Poetry</a>.</p><p>The idea began at a bar called the <a href="http://sfsaloon.com">San Francisco Saloon</a> in California in 1992. Makela and his roommate were having trouble working up the courage to speak to members of the opposite sex.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 19:19:38 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10370 at http://kut.org Barstool Poetry Can Turn Anyone Into a Poet Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream' http://kut.org/post/renowned-texas-journalist-shares-family-history-harness-makers-dream <p>The Kallison family name has resonated amongst Texans for generations.</p><p>It's the name of the department store in San Antonio crowned by a cowboy carrying a saddle on his right shoulder. It's also the of the Kallison Ranch, the place that brought Texas ranching into the 20th century.</p><p>"The Harness Maker’s Dream" recounts the story of Nathan Kallison, the Jewish Russian who escaped persecution and later became a successful rancher in Texas.</p><time datetime="2013-11-02T22:07:20+00:00" pubdate="">&nbsp;</time><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132017402&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:08 +0000 David Brown 9670 at http://kut.org Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream' Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas http://kut.org/post/book-news-billy-collins-papers-sold-university-texas <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins has sold his papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/books/poets-archive-goes-to-university-of-texas.html?hpw&rref=books">According to <em>The New York Times</em></a>, his archives include "dozens of notebooks containing observations, notes, doodles, clippings and extensive drafts of poems, published and unpublished. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:18:26 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 9601 at http://kut.org Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas 'Dallas Noir' Explores the City's Alluring Shimmer and Seedy Underbelly http://kut.org/post/dallas-noir-explores-citys-alluring-shimmer-and-seedy-underbelly <p>While Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurty <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/horsemen-goodbye/page/0/1">described Dallas in <em>Texas Monthly</em></a> as “a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate,” literary agent and editor David Hale Smith prefers a different description. This one’s found in the lines of Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s song “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbnjPdr9EmY">Dallas</a>:"</p><p><em>Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes</em></p><p><em>A steel and concrete soul in a warm-hearted love disguise.</em></p><p>“It’s one of the great lyrics of all time. The song is a poem, but it really nails Dallas, and of course nails the essence of this book we put together,”&nbsp;Smith says. He&nbsp;sat down with&nbsp;KUT's&nbsp;David Brown to discuss that new book, “<a href="http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/dallas-noir/">Dallas Noir</a>."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121066825" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:57:16 +0000 David Brown 8840 at http://kut.org 'Dallas Noir' Explores the City's Alluring Shimmer and Seedy Underbelly Interview: The Political Climate in Dallas Leading to JFK’s Assassination http://kut.org/post/interview-political-climate-dallas-leading-jfk-s-assassination <p>Walter Cronkite’s announcement of JFK’s assassination. The televised shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. The Zapruder film. The Warren Commission.</p><p>In that avalanche of history, a new book suggests we’ve lost sight of something important: specifically, the seedbed for the most momentous political tragedy of 20th century America.</p><p>It’s the story of "Dallas, 1963." That’s <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333436-dallas-1963">the title of a new book</a> by <a href="http://stevenldavis.org/">Stephen L. Davis</a> and <a href="http://www.billminutaglio.com/">Bill Minutaglio</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minutaglio talks with KUT’s David Brown about why he describes the book as a “biography of a city,” and what lessons may have been overlooked by history. &nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111144424" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:28:32 +0000 David Brown 8730 at http://kut.org Interview: The Political Climate in Dallas Leading to JFK’s Assassination Harvard Law's Randall Kennedy on Race, Affirmative Action and The Law http://kut.org/post/harvard-laws-randall-kennedy-race-affirmative-action-and-law <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at <a href="http://www.law.harvard.edu">Harvard Law School </a>and author of "For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law."</p><p>Affirmative action is perhaps one of the most divisive policies in this country. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-345_l5gm.pdf">Fisher vs. University of Texas</a>&nbsp;, affirmative action is once again making headlines.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:01:03 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 9150 at http://kut.org Harvard Law's Randall Kennedy on Race, Affirmative Action and The Law Interview: Pulitzer Prize Author Takes Close Look at Woodrow Wilson's Legacy http://kut.org/post/interview-pulitzer-prize-author-takes-close-look-woodrow-wilsons-legacy <p>One hundred years ago, a president took office who would set the course of the American century, end an era of isolationism, set the stage for the New Deal and eventually become one of the most controversial and fundamentally misunderstood figures ever to lead the nation.<br /> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 David Brown & Fauzeya Rahman 9060 at http://kut.org Interview: Pulitzer Prize Author Takes Close Look at Woodrow Wilson's Legacy Best Selling Authors Top 2013 Texas Book Festival Lineup http://kut.org/post/best-selling-authors-top-2013-texas-book-festival-lineup <p><a href="http://texasbookfestival.org/index.php" target="_blank">The Texas Book Festival</a> has revealed its 2013 lineup. Headliners include three writers who currently sit on the <em>New York Times</em> best seller list: Reza Aslan (<em>Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth</em>), Mark Leibovich (<em>This Town</em>), and Scott Anderson (<em>Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East</em>).</p><p>Other big names include:</p><ul><li>Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson – <em>Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas</em></li><li>Lawrence Wright – <em>Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief</em></li><li>R.L. Stine – <em>A Midsummer Night's Scream</em> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:38:20 +0000 Emily Mathis 8649 at http://kut.org Best Selling Authors Top 2013 Texas Book Festival Lineup Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs? http://kut.org/post/book-news-does-lance-armstrong-have-right-lie-his-memoirs <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who admitted to doping earlier this year, is <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/cycling/2013/08/08/lance-armstrong-books-lawsuit-hearing-arguments/2633971/">being sued </a>for more than $5 million over false claims in his memoirs, <em>It's Not About the Bike</em><em> </em>and <em>Every Second Counts</em>. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:47:29 +0000 8477 at http://kut.org Book News: Does Lance Armstrong Have The Right To Lie In His Memoirs? What Does Attila The Hun Have to Do with Deep Space Exploration? http://kut.org/post/what-does-attila-hun-have-do-deep-space-exploration <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="140" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98868100" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do you get when you mix Attila the Hun, deep space exploration and a the space-time continuum? For that answer you’d have to ask author James Rollins – whose new book,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">the Eye of God</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has elements of all three.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:29:42 +0000 Emily Donahue 8247 at http://kut.org What Does Attila The Hun Have to Do with Deep Space Exploration? A Tour of Texas Barbecue Joints http://kut.org/post/tour-texas-barbecue-joints <p>If you’re ever looking to take a barbecue road trip through Texas, you’d have trouble finding a better book to guide you than <em><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/books/The-Prophets-of-Smoked-Meat-Daniel-Vaughn?isbn=9780062202925&amp;HCHP=TB_The+Prophets+of+Smoked+Meat">The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue</a></em> by Daniel Vaughn. It’s the first book published on Anthony Bourdain’s new HarperCollins imprint, Ecco. KUT’s Nathan Bernier talked with Vaughn about what goes into good brisket and how to find the good out-of-the-way spots.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:47:04 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7843 at http://kut.org A Tour of Texas Barbecue Joints Survival and Identity in 'The 5th Wave' http://kut.org/post/survival-and-identity-5th-wave <p>Imagine: The world as you know it has ended. People are gone. Food is scarce. Vicious animal roam freely. You are alone, fighting an enemy so devious, so powerful, so undetectable, you question your own sanity. You are 16.</p><p>That is the premise of Rick Yancey’s new young-adult novel, <em><a href="http://the5thwaveiscoming.com/">The 5th Wave</a></em>. KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Yancey about the existential questions the characters grapple with along the way.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7753 at http://kut.org Survival and Identity in 'The 5th Wave' Should All Women Heed Author's Advice To 'Lean In'? http://kut.org/post/should-all-women-heed-author-sandbergs-advice-lean Sheryl Sandberg's controversial new book on women and leadership, <em><a href="http://leanin.org/book/">Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead</a>, </em>currently<em> </em>tops Amazon's best-seller list in "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Business-Management-Leadership/zgbs/books/2675">Business Management and Leadership</a>" alongside <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Decisive-Make-Better-Choices-Life/dp/0307956393/ref=zg_bs_2675_7">Decisive</a></em> (Chip Heath and Dan Heath), <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-Tom-Rath/dp/159562015X/ref=zg_bs_2675_6 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:53:36 +0000 7178 at http://kut.org Should All Women Heed Author's Advice To 'Lean In'? It’s Family Tradition vs. Rebirth in Debut Novel 'The Carriage House' http://kut.org/post/it-s-family-tradition-vs-rebirth-debut-novel-carriage-house <p><a href="http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Louisa-Hall/404305656">Louisa Hall </a>left the leafy suburbs of Philadelphia for Texas. And it was this move that prompted her to set her first novel back in those environs - both the good and bad of them.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7003 at http://kut.org It’s Family Tradition vs. Rebirth in Debut Novel 'The Carriage House' Former Austinite's Memoir Not Your Usual Mother-Daughter Story http://kut.org/post/former-austinites-memoir-not-your-usual-mother-daughter-story <p><a href="http://www.domenicaruta.com/">Domenica Ruta</a> had a childhood some kids would envy- ice cream for breakfast; shopping trips and movies instead of school sometimes; no real rules at home. But for every dream moment like those, there were the nightmares, too - a drug addicted mother; the constant threat of violence; and the joking encouragement to become a teen mother.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 6850 at http://kut.org Former Austinite's Memoir Not Your Usual Mother-Daughter Story 'Drowning House' Plunges Readers Into A Dark, Victorian Galveston http://kut.org/post/drowning-house-plunges-readers-dark-victorian-galveston <p>Galveston Island is famous for many things: miles of beaches, its many festivals and Victorian architecture – and its sea wall – that was built after the hurricane of 1900. That was the deadliest hurricane in US history – and it rewrote the history of Galveston.</p><p>Texas author Elizabeth Black has set that famous hurricane at the center of a mystery in her first novel, “The Drowning House." Just as Galveston’s modern history is built on the foundation of the great hurricane, so is the narrative, set moodily in the city’s historic district.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:03:54 +0000 Emily Donahue 6816 at http://kut.org 'Drowning House' Plunges Readers Into A Dark, Victorian Galveston Folklore From All Over in New Cargill Novel http://kut.org/post/folklore-all-over-new-cargill-novel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin is home to a lot of weird stuff: bat tributes, floating marching bands, Hippie Hollow. In his </span><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/book/index.aspx?isbn=9780062190420" style="line-height: 1.5;">new book</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Dreams and Shadows</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Austin author C. Robert Cargill delves deep into the dark heart of the city’s inner weirdness, using a little myth and legend as punctuation for a truly unique story. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:17:35 +0000 Emily Donahue 6775 at http://kut.org Folklore From All Over in New Cargill Novel Sick Of Valentine's Day? 6 Book Stories To Soothe Your Soul http://kut.org/post/sick-valentines-day-six-book-stories-soothe-your-soul This Valentine's Day, if you're feeling lonely, heartbroken, or just a bit jaundiced, we've got some archive treasures for you — tempestuous relationships, cartoon heartbreak, and a few books that may make you feel less alone — plus a bonus playlist from our good friends at NPR Music.<p><hr /><p><strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/13/145921582/3-biting-books-for-those-bitter-on-valentines-day">3 Biting Books For Those Bitter On Valentine's Day</a></strong> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:56:24 +0000 6601 at http://kut.org Sick Of Valentine's Day? 6 Book Stories To Soothe Your Soul Runaway Slaves and a Community's Conscience http://kut.org/post/runaway-slaves-and-communitys-conscience <p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6429 at http://kut.org Runaway Slaves and a Community's Conscience Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology http://kut.org/post/listen-austin-author-lawrence-wright-going-clear-his-controversial-book-scientology <div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-wrapper" contenteditable="false"><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio" contenteditable="false" description="KUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright about his latest book &quot;Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.&quot; " fid="7317" uri="npraudio://201301/Q&amp;A_Stayton_Wright.mp3"><div class="audio-player-wrapper"><div class="pi_assets-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="pi_assets-audio-text">Audio File</div></div><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-description">KUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:09:31 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 6367 at http://kut.org Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology