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Conservative writer John Avlon over at the Daily Beast has some thoughts on why tonight’s debate is Rick Perry’s last chance to “prevent Mitt Romney’s coronation.” His main arguments: Perry is still the favorite of the “Tea-vangelist crowd” (though most would gladly vote for Romney if it means beating Obama) and with some early wins in places like Iowa and South Carolina, the horse-race mentality of primary coverage could give him all the momentum he’d need to take the nomination. But all that comes down to tonight. High drama.
Of course, that’s still not enough to get me to watch the debate instead of the Rangers game. And until then, I’ll be watching this on repeat.
Take a late lunch, or prepare for a long one. A gas line that ruptured just before 11 a.m. on Main Street near the Neiman Marcus building has prompted emergency crews to block off several of the surrounding streets. Steer clear of Main Street at Field, Akard at Elm, Commerce at Ervay, and St. Paul at Main.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney may be thinner these days, outfitted with a permanent heart pump, and clad in two kinds of shoes due to a leg problem. But he’s still as bluntly outspoken as ever, taking aim at President Barack Obama, his old nemesis The New York Times, and the Occupy Wall Street movement during a Dallas visit flogging his new memoir, In My Time.
Greeting scores of invited guests at a Highland Park manse on Gillon Avenue yesterday, the ex-HP resident (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean) was asked his opinion of the Occupy Wall Street protests. “That’s crazy,” he replied, waving one hand dismissively. “I’m not one of those who think that’s going to do any good. It’s hard to tell what they’re for and what they’re against.” The former veep was dismissive of Obama as well, calling the president “a train wreck.”
We writers are sensitive folk. I’d argue that very few actually believe that his or her work is any good and that he or she is universally well-liked, though of course a certain perspective on criticism is both necessary and healthy. But you can’t just freak out on every person who doesn’t think every word that drips from your pen (er, keyboard) is some sort of magic juice that will feed the world’s hungry and eliminate the need for Botox. It’s not. Which is why this evening’s big event sort of puts me at a crossroads.
On one hand, Alice Hoffman, tonight’s Arts & Letters Live guest author, is a nice reminder of the fantasy novels I loved in middle and high school. I enjoyed Practical Magic; Hoffman has been prolific since then. She’s had a very successful career, and she’s managed to do it without sparkling vampires and vapid Mary Sue-style protagonists. But back in 2009, she turned me off with an incredibly obnoxious, quickly deleted Twitter rant about a critic, in which she went so far as to encourage her fans to harass the reviewer by publishing the reviewer’s home phone number (she got it wrong, funnily enough) and email address. She wasn’t exactly sorry about it, either, which is her prerogative. I suppose it’s then mine to allow an author’s personal issues cloud my feelings about her work. But of course, you do as you like. And if you like Alice Hoffman, you’ll want to visit the Arts District tonight.
Otherwise, there are other intellectual pursuits happening across town. TEDxSMU holds live auditions for a “audience choice” speaker tonight at the Kessler in Oak Cliff, where the winner gets a spot on the main stage at the conference in December. Thirteen people will give two to three minute speeches on a variety of topics. You and a panel of guest judges (which just so happens to include Zac Crain) vote on a favorite. Zac gave some extra insight into the whole thing here. If you’re hungry before or after, I’ve been wanting try Jonathan’s, though it looks like it might be better saved for breakfast or brunch. BEE is also tasty and open until 10 p.m.
For more to do this evening, head this way.
So the Dallas Morning News notes that the permit that was granted to the Occupy Dallas group to remain encamped at Pioneer Plaza through Friday requires that they provide proof of having $1 million in liability insurance by 5 p.m. today.
Odds that this will happen?
Since I don’t live in East Dallas, I haven’t had much reason to regularly click over to EastDallasTimes.com. But I have met its publisher and editor, Bruce Felps, who is a pretty nice guy. Apparently he suffered a brain aneurysm last week, and has been in a coma at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since.
Innings: 2 2/3
Retweets issued when he should have been studying film to figure out why he pitched so poorly: Too many to count
(Hat tip to The Musers for pointing this out)
Rangers Are Awesome. I really hope you watched the game the last night, because Nelson Cruz’s walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning was quite something. To celebrate this morning, pop over to the Detroit Free Press. Columnist Drew Sharp will 1) help you relive the awesomeness and 2) remind you that some newspaper writers can actually write. Sample: “The Tigers no longer have baserunners. They have castaways, hopelessly lost on an island, waiting for a rescue that never comes. They would be better off flashing SOS signals to overhead planes than counting on a teammate bringing them home with a clutch hit.”
T. Boone Pickens Has a Fancy House. This story is behind the paywall, but I think you can still see the photos. Pickens has himself a little weekend getaway up in the Panhandle. A new coffee table book has a look at it. Alan Peppard reports that the property features “two elegant homes, stone-tiered waterfalls, elevated aqueducts, 20 miles of manmade lakes, a chapel, vast kennels, a movie theater, an airstrip, a golf course, an art gallery and guesthouses.”
Occupy Dallas Settles in for the Long Haul. The protest group got a permit (sub. req.) that will allow them to remain camped out at Pioneer Plaza until Friday, but some members vow to hang in there “until the change occurs.” Me, I would have given my protest group a name that allows more flexibility. Instead of Occupy Dallas, maybe something like Extended Stay Dallas.