Don Graham


Accentuate The Negative

To read a Patricia Highsmith novel is to suspend one’s moral judgments. She irresistibly persuades us to side with killers and other amoral characters.

White Like Me

Growing up in segregated Collin County, I was oblivious
to the impact of Jim Crow—until I read John Howard
Griffin’s American classic.

Expatriate Act

While some Texas-born writers had to leave home to do their best work, for John Graves the reverse was true.

Nation State

Does anyone outside of Texas care about Texas history? H. W. Brands hopes so, and he’s not the only one.

Alamo Heights

So much is at stake that we almost—almost—believe the release date of Disney’s epic-to-be was delayed from Christmas Day to April for the reasons the studio claims. But given the way historical movies usually turn out, can you blame us for smirking?

Not-So-Great Plains

Suzan-Lori Parks gets the culture and cadence of West Texas right, sort of; Annie Proulx doesn’t.

Not Moving On

Fifteen years after Larry McMurtry announced he was through writing novels, he shows no sign of letting up. For this we should be thankful.

Master Class

No one took the literature of Texas or the Southwest seriously until J. Frank Dobie put it, and us, on the map.

The Secret History

Did Richard King cheat his partner’s heirs out of a chunk of the King Ranch nearly 120 years ago? He may have—and if the Texas Supreme Court permits Chapman v. King Ranch, Inc., to go to trial, the past could come back to haunt the state’s most storied spread.


Master of the Senate, Robert Caro’s third volume on the life of Lyndon Johnson, is an exhaustive study of power, persuasion, and private parts.

Mission: Impossible

Rumor has it that director Ron Howard and screenwriter John Sayles are coming to Austin this spring to make a $100 million movie about the Alamo. It may be too much to ask that they get Texas’ defining battle right (since no one knows what really happened), but I’ve got my fingers crossed—and a few friendly words of advice.

Now That's Comedy

What’s so funny about an oilman, a rancher, a golfer, and a carnival hobo? Watch the following top ten funniest Texas movies to find out why these main characters (and others) are so hilarious.

Catcher in the Raw

Forty years after its publication, Horseman, Pass By is still one of Larry McMurtry’s finest novels—and as groundbreaking as J. D. Salinger’s masterpiece.

The Write Brothers

A memoir conjures up Donald Barthelme—and sheds light on his talented siblings.


Larry McMurty’s latest.