Time to Burn

The Houstonian's Guide to Staying In

What to read, watch, ponder, and drink right now.

By Craig Hlavaty May 1, 2020 Published in the May 2020 issue of Houstonia Magazine

If you're into Houston-set movies

  • Dive into: Richard Linklater’s Oscar-winning film Boyhood.
  • And ponder: Modern Texan childhood, adolescent wonder, high school football, and casual alcoholism.
  • While drinking: A Lone Star tallboy.

If you're into Houston sports 

  • Dive into: Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. 
  • And ponder: The magic we felt when the Astros went all the way right after a devastating hurricane flooded the city, before the baseball road got, um, rockier.
  • While drinking: An 8th Wonder Dome Faux’m.

Himalaya Restaurant 

If you're into Houston food

  • Dive into: The Bayou City edition of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.
  • And ponder: Bourdain’s amazingly vivid tour of Houston’s multicultural food culture as he discovers the city’s rich spirit before passing away in 2018.
  • While drinking: A Negroni.

ZZ Top in 2007. 

If you're into Houston music

  • Dive into: ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas on Netflix.
  • And ponder: How the enlightening documentary captures the band’s musty blues-rock magic while sharing the story of an un-bearded, unsung hero, drummer Frank Beard.
  • While drinking: A shot of Pura Vida tequila.

If you're into Houston-set true crime

If you're into Houston history

  • Dive into: Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson.
  • And ponder: The downright salacious murder trial of Dr. John Hill, which enthralled Houston in the early 1970s. 
  • While drinking: A martini. 

If you're into Houston-set literature

  • Dive into: Bryan Washington’s short-story collection, Lot.
  • And ponder: The author's humid vision of all the ecosystems that coexist within Houston’s sprawl, sometimes separated by just a handful of blocks.
  • While drinking: A cocktail in a pouch.
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