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The Convention Center That Ate Dallas

A couple of weeks ago, after reading that the taxpayer-funded Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau apparently wanted to lend us the letter “D” from their “DALLAS” logo to replace the City of Dallas’ existing letter “D” logo, I got to thinking once again about the outsized influence the DCVB wields over municipal affairs.

Late last year, after Philip Jones, the DCVB’s president, tossed out a plan to have taxpayers pay for a $300 million addition to the convention center, I took a look into the finances and found that it lost $37 million per year before debt service and $54 million after interest expense — amounts that were virtually identical to its losses prior to the opening of the half-billion-dollar city-owned Omni Convention Center Hotel in 2010 (one of the primary justifications for building the hotel was that it would drive more business to the convention center and stop its losses). Some of the most interesting observations, however, came from reader comments to my post. Former city council member and the executive director of the Dallas Arts District, Veletta Lill, made the following observations:

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Brantley Hargrove Lands Book Deal with Simon & Schuster

I want to say something funny here. I want to poke fun at Brantley’s affinity for “cat facts,” or his life in “the bubble,” or his fear of ghosts, or his inexplicable desire to climb–and then jump off of–things he shouldn’t. But no. Today we celebrate.

It’s official: Simon & Schuster will publish D contributor Brantley Hargrove’s forthcoming book about famed storm chaser Tim Samaras and the gigantic tornado–the widest ever recorded–that killed him. The book, tentatively titled The Storm is likely to come out some time in early 2016. It grew out of the reporting Brantley did for this Dallas Observer story last year. I know David Patterson, his agent, is very excited. So is Brantley, though he knows he has a formidable task in front of him.

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Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk ‘Has Emerged As A Favorite’ For A Pulitzer

Sort of. It’s all a bit of guesstimation and so on. Here is the relevant passage from this New York Times piece: Accurately predicting who will win the Pulitzer is nearly impossible. But publishers, critics and booksellers named some contenders who might make up a shortlist, including “Arcadia” by Lauren Groff; “The Orphan Master’s Son” […]

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2012 Year in Review: Dallas Arts and Culture

I reread all our blog posts from the last year so that you don’t have to. Jokes aside, 2012 was good to us. I present to you the year that was, in Dallas arts and culture. (Items are numbered, but in no particular order.) 1. Ben Fountain was nominated for a National Book Award for […]

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The Lasting Effect of Peter Gent’s North Dallas Forty

Really interesting essay looking back on North Dallas Forty–the book and the movie–by Oregon State English professor Michael Oriard over at Deadspin. Oriard, a former player from the same era as Gent, compares the recently deceased author to fellow ’60s writers Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer. He also wonders if Gent ever smoked pot with […]

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Sarah Palin Does Dallas, Again

Just in case you missed her double feature with Rick Perry, Barnes & Noble says Missus Former Governor Former Vice Presidential Candidate Mama Grizzly TLC Realty Star Fox News Commentator Author Sarah Palin will be signing her latest book, and only her latest book, on Nov. 28 at the Lincoln Park location. However, you will […]

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What to Do in Dallas Tonight: Sept. 8

Good afternoon. I hope you’re able to ride out the monsoon in a dry location, in part because if you’re using your computer in the rain, you’re liable to get electrocuted. And we wouldn’t want that. It’s Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day, and while I’m slightly disappointed to learn this has nothing […]

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Friends Fete New Josh Alan Friedman Book

Josh Alan Friedman, a talented Dallas writer and musician, spent his early years in New York, where he was the only white kid attending the last segregated black school on Long Island. Now he’s written an “autobiographical novel” about the experience called Black Cracker. So last night Dawn Rizos, owner of The Lodge gentlemen’s club, […]

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