ENTREPRENEURIAL HOUSTONIANS HAVE long lamented the shallow pool of VC — that is, venture capital — financing in our fair city. Looking for cash to get your idea off the ground? Try friends and family. Try Austin. Try New York. Try Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley. Anywhere but here.

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WHEN WELL-READ Houstonians think of famous graduates of Lamar High School, one name comes immediately to mind: Donald Barthelme, the author of more than a hundred experimental short stories, many of them published in The New Yorker. But there's another that might not be on the tip of tongue — James Lee Burke, the author of some 41 novels, the majority of which have been runaway bestsellers.

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A new young adult novel by Houston author and Bellaire High School teacher Jennifer Mathieu about girl gangs in Houston in 1964? Yes please. Which also happens to be the name of Amy Poehler's memoir. The connection? Poehler directed and acted in the Netflix adaptation of Mathieu's previous novel, Moxie, the story of a "riot grrrrl" rebellion, which debuted earlier this year to critical and audience acclaim.
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