Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Benjamin Smith

LMFAO continues family tradition of redefining music

Benjamin Smith December 5, 2011

Editor's Note: The Life & Arts senior staff combed through this year's pop culture and selected the artists, albums, books and movements that they think, in one way or another, helped define...

Beavis and Butt-Head makes triumphant return

Benjamin Smith November 10, 2011

Before Oct. 27, it had been 14 years since new episodes of “Beavis and Butt-Head” last aired. After watching the first four episodes, it’s clear that reviving the series is the best...

Austin Film Festival gathers world of talent

Benjamin Smith October 21, 2011

Yesterday marked the beginning of this year’s Austin Film Festival. The festival will run through Oct. 27 and seeks to balance local flavor with Hollywood flair. Among the many events that The Daily...

Talk explores history of punk rock in China

Benjamin Smith October 10, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts’ Center for East Asian Studies will be holding a presentation by author David O’Dell tonight entitled “Inseparable: The Story of Chinese Punk Rock” about...

Longhorn Network needs diversification

Benjamin Smith October 3, 2011

Knowing the network’s history, it’s difficult to understand ESPN’s insatiable compulsion to create more and more programming with narrower and narrower focuses. In 1978 Bill Rasmussen,...

Celebrating 50 years of the Longhorn logo

Benjamin Smith September 26, 2011

It’s probably fair to say that most of the nearly 102,000 people that walk through the gates of Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturdays have no idea who Darrell K Royal is. Born...

Scientists discover Tatooine-like planet

Benjamin Smith September 22, 2011

Consisting primarily of sand and broken dreams, the fictional desert planet of Tatooine appears in five of George Lucas’ six “Star Wars” films, re-released this weekend on Blu-Ray. The...

‘Abel’s Field’ stars UT student, films in Austin

Benjamin Smith September 16, 2011

Radio-television-film junior Samuel Davis carries himself with an almost apologetic boldness. Standing on the set of his third feature film, he speaks with both an easy confidence and humble self-awareness...

‘Dead Island’ lacks cultural substance

Benjamin Smith September 13, 2011

Techland’s "Dead Island" is a video game about zombies, but its refusal to take risks in that increasingly complex subgenre mires it in mediocrity. “Dead Island” isn’t...

Cultural response to 9/11 reveals deeper meaning

Benjamin Smith September 9, 2011

It was the 2009 National Book Award winner “Let the Great World Spin” by Irish author Colum McCann that served as the impetus for UT lecturer David Junker’s neoteric pursuit. As head...

Deus Ex prequel goes out on limb with storyline, hit-or-miss with graphics

Benjamin Smith August 30, 2011

Within the first 15 minutes of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” you die — in one of the more realistic portrayals of what would actually happen if you got thrown through a plate glass window....

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