Don Graham

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The Bucket List

63 things that all Texans must do before they die.

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?

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.

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.

Writers Bloc

What did Graham Greene observe about crossing the border into Mexico in 1938? Would you believe Molly Ivins was born in California? Here are my picks for the fifty greatest literary moments in Texas, plus a roster of leading lights who are from here—and some who aren’t.

Wayne’s World

A flood, a fire, a car accident, a murder, and of course, a restaging of the battle for Texas’ independence: scenes from the making of The Alamo.

Picture Perfect

Why Peter Bogdanovich filmed in black and white, who discovered Cybill Shepherd, which onetime soap opera diva read for the role of Jacy, and other secrets of the making of The Last Picture Show .

Unreality Bites

As ever, Texas looms large in the movies’ imagination—large and largely inaccurate.

Canon Fever

Our selections for some of the best contemporary Texas books.

Pen Pals

Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb were the leading Texas writers and intellectuals of their age. But as ribald raconteurs, they were ahead of their time.

Texas Movies: Texas Videos

Giant is just one of the best movies about Texas.

Kid with a Gun

In his lifetime Audie Murphy traveled from the cold reality of World War II to the ultimate illusion of Hollywood.