John Bloom

John Bloom is an investigative reporter, essayist, and actor who was born in Dallas; raised in Little Rock, Arkansas; and attended Vanderbilt University on a sportswriting scholarship. Bloom began his writing career in Texas, earning two National Magazine Award nominations for Texas Monthly. He was later fired from the Dallas Times-Herald for writing (as “Joe Bob Briggs”) a parody of the then-popular song, “We Are The World.” Joe Bob Briggs began his television career on the Movie Channel, hosting “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater” for nine years. During this time, it became TMC’s highest-rated show, earning two ACE award nominations. He hosted TNT’s “Monstervision” program and is currently at work on an autobiographical screenplay.

Stories

The Italian connection

An informant offered to lead a journalist to Europe’s largest cache of stolen art. Soon they were trapped in a web of lies, suspicion, treachery, and impending death.

Profits? What Profits?

Reading Big Oil’s annual reports for the truth about profits is a little like drilling for oil in the Baltimore Canyon: you know it’s there, but how deep will you have to go to find it?

Oil Slicks

A critic’s practiced eye scans the oil giants’ yearly self-portraits.

Three Gentlemen, One Ghost, and a Skyscraper

The intrigue behind the building of Houston’s Texas Commerce Tower was almost as monumental as the 75-story structure itself.

Three Gentlemen, One Ghost, and a Skyscraper

The intrigue behind the building of Houston’s Texas Commerce Tower was almost as monumental as the 75-story structure itself.

Invasion of the Cable Snatchers

In Texas the best way to get rich in cable television is to know just a little about TV and everything about politics.

Invasion of the Cable Snatchers

In Texas the best way to get rich in cable television is to know just a little about TV and everything about politics.

The Joy of Kissing

The art of romantic osculation barely survived the jaded seventies. Now it’s time to rediscover the private delights and civic benefits of real kissing.

The Joy of Kissing

The art of romantic osculation barely survived the jaded seventies. Now it’s time to rediscover the private delights and civic benefits of real kissing.

A Delicate Balance

Who turned off the melting pot? Vietnamese and Texans fight on the coast.

A Delicate Balance

Who turned off the melting pot? Vietnamese and Texans fight on the coast.

Hey Kid, Shape Up

And Prairie View A&M will ship you out of the ghetto straight into the middle class.

Hey Kid, Shape Up

And Prairie View A&M will ship you out of the ghetto straight into the middle class.

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