Art and Culture

Art and culture

Jim McKeown

Two women separated by over 40 years have a surprising connection.


Jim McKeown

  Roderick MacIver, in a beautifully illustrated books, outlines the joys and benefits of art in all genres.


Jim McKeown

Greta Wells suffers a mental breakdown, and her Electro Convulsive Therapy takes her on a curious, mind-bending adventure.

NBA star LeBron James is shaking things up at the Miami Heat, reportedly opting to end his contract early to become a free agent. The move comes one week after James and the Heat were trounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

"LeBron James' agent Rich Paul has told Heat LeBron will exercise early termination option," ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted today.

A Sudanese woman who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to hang for converting to Christianity has been freed. The case of Meriam Ibrahim attracted wide concern, and criticism from Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ibrahim, 27, says she was raised an Orthodox Christian, her mother's religion, after being born to a Muslim father. In May, she was eight months pregnant when she was tried for charges that included apostasy — abandoning Islam — and marrying a Christian, Daniel Wani.

A short time ago, in a city not far away, Star Wars creator George Lucas decided to build a museum to house his movie memorabilia and his art collection.

There's just one looming question: Where should it go?

Lucas says he'll spend $300 million of his own money to build the proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and will provide a $400 million endowment after his death. In addition to holding Skywalker artifacts galore, the museum would also host Lucas' private art collection, featuring works by Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth, among others.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Likely Stories: Snow

Jun 19, 2014
Jim McKeown

Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk spins an intriguing tale set in the Turkish district of his birth.

Jill Ament

If you've ever been to West Fest or dined on a roadside's no secret Central Texas has a vibrant Czech community. Some local organizations are working to preserve this culture for future generations to come.

As more urban folk strive to produce their own food, gardens both large and small are popping up everywhere. And while it's not unheard of for city dwellers to keep bees and even chickens, only a brave few have been willing to try their hand at goats.

Like hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel, who recently tried to revitalize Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood with a herd of 18 baby goats.