I have yet to encounter someone who doesn’t know of the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While you may not have seen it, you’ve almost assuredly heard of it. The film follows five teenagers on their way to visit a desecrated grave when they pick up a hitchhiker. They find themselves at the hitchhiker’s family home where they are thrust into a world of terror. The hitchhiker is the brother of a chainsaw wielding, cannibalistic serial killer called Leatherface, a name born from his grisly habit of creating and wearing flesh masks from his victims. [Read more…] about Preserving a Texas villain: Leatherface
During the modernist era, writers experimented with the language of the street in their works. Brooks Hefner’s The Word on the Streets explores how multiple writers of different genres used street slang to emphasize classism through dialect. At the Ransom Center, Hefner consulted the archives of influential detective fiction writers Dashiell Hammett and Erle Stanley Gardner to inform his book. [Read more…] about The word on the streets
Wendy Kaplan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, lectures on women in the Arts and Crafts movement. The event, What can a woman do? Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement, takes place Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. [Read more…] about What can a woman do? Women in the Arts and Crafts movement
Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning contemporary poets whose lives and writings have been impacted by war. [Read more…] about Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation
Through August 18, the exhibition Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center features materials that provide insight into the creative process while also establishing meaningful, personal connections between the past and the present.
On a sunny March afternoon nearly eight years ago, I strolled across The University of Texas at Austin, acquainting myself with campus, from the turtle pond to towering buildings. From one activity to the next, I felt excited to explore the university and its resources in the fun, interactive environment that is Explore UT. I did not expect that years later, I would have the honor to help contribute to this event and welcome future Longhorns. [Read more…] about Coming full circle at Explore UT