Joe Gross

Books & culture reporter

Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.

Latest from Joe Gross

Six movies to get you into the Winter Olympics spirit
 It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC. GO, GO, GO!!!!” Ahem. Here...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC. GO, GO, GO!!!!” Ahem. Here...
Alamo Drafthouse promises new staff initiatives, code of conduct for events
 Several months after controversy surrounded the Alamo Drafthouse regarding the firing, rehiring and firing again of Devin Faraci  -- and the organization’s relationship with longtime Drafthouse staple Harry Knowles -- the Austin-based chain of movie houses released a new code of conduct and announced several initiatives aimed...

Posted: 4 days ago

Several months after controversy surrounded the Alamo Drafthouse regarding the firing, rehiring and firing again of Devin Faraci  -- and the organization’s relationship with longtime Drafthouse staple Harry Knowles -- the Austin-based chain of movie houses released a new code of conduct and announced several initiatives aimed...
Six movies to get you into the Winter Olympic spirit
 It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC, GO GO GO!!!!” Ahem. Here are...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC, GO GO GO!!!!” Ahem. Here are...
Harry Ransom Center acquires massive Arthur Miller archive
 The Harry Ransom Center at UT has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller’s career. During his lifetime the Ransom Center had a close association with Miller, who first donated a group of early play manuscripts and working notebooks...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Harry Ransom Center at UT has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller’s career. During his lifetime the Ransom Center had a close association with Miller, who first donated a group of early play manuscripts and working notebooks...
Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28
 The 23rd Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, it was announced Wednesday. The 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees and about 300 authors coming together on November 4 and 5, 2017. The annual First Edition Literary Gala, which...

Posted: 10 days ago

The 23rd Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, it was announced Wednesday. The 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees and about 300 authors coming together on November 4 and 5, 2017. The annual First Edition Literary Gala, which...
Big Tex to be featured on Travel Channel show ‘Giant America’
 Big Tex, the appropriately outsized mascot of the Texas State Fair, is making an appearance of the Travel Channel show “Giant America” on Jan. 15. On “Giant America,” comedian Tom Green (and wow, when was the last time you thought about ol’ Tom?)  will look at “massive structures," according to...

Posted: 10 days ago

Big Tex, the appropriately outsized mascot of the Texas State Fair, is making an appearance of the Travel Channel show “Giant America” on Jan. 15. On “Giant America,” comedian Tom Green (and wow, when was the last time you thought about ol’ Tom?)  will look at “massive structures," according to...
Classic Texas Monthly stories now available on audio
 Now you can listen to classic stories from Texas Monthly while you are stuck on 35. Or walking the Hike and Bike trail. Or raking leaves. Penguin Random House Audio has partnered with Texas Monthly and offered more than 20 features from the magazine’s archive on audio for the first time. Stories range from true crime narratives...

Posted: 11 days ago

Now you can listen to classic stories from Texas Monthly while you are stuck on 35. Or walking the Hike and Bike trail. Or raking leaves. Penguin Random House Audio has partnered with Texas Monthly and offered more than 20 features from the magazine’s archive on audio for the first time. Stories range from true crime narratives...
Where you can see the Astros’ World Series trophy in Austin
   I think we can all agree that Houston had kind of a lousy 2017 except for the part where the Astros won the World Series over the heavily-favored Los Angeles Dodgers. (It still feels weird to type that out and we’re only weeks away from spring training.) Now, Austinites can see the trophy that Astros brought home with them.  ...

Posted: 11 days ago

  I think we can all agree that Houston had kind of a lousy 2017 except for the part where the Astros won the World Series over the heavily-favored Los Angeles Dodgers. (It still feels weird to type that out and we’re only weeks away from spring training.) Now, Austinites can see the trophy that Astros brought home with them.  ...