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.

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Home Movies

From Red River to Rushmore, the 25 best Texas films on DVD.

They Came. They Sawed.

And they most definitely conquered. The inside story of how a ragtag bunch of hippies made the wildest Texas movie ever (and spilled no more fake blood than was absolutely necessary).

Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part II: The Killing of Betty Gore

Candy Montgomery thought her affair with Allan Gore was over, until she found herself fighting for her life against Allan’s wife.

Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part I: Candy Montgomery’s Affair

Urban refugees fleeing high-tech Dallas have created ersatz rural communities in the nearby countryside. This isolated, pastoral life sometimes erupts into adultery and murder.

The Fundamentalist

He’s the man with the Word, and the Word is for you.

The Fundamentalist

He’s the man with the Word, and the Word is for you.

Carl Lewis and the Exquisite Science of Jumping

All this twenty-year-old University of Houston student wants to do is jump father and run faster than anyone else ever has.

Carl Lewis and the Exquisite Science of Jumping

All this twenty-year-old University of Houston student wants to do is jump father and run faster than anyone else ever has.

One Woman’s Tiny Problem Confronts Dallas City Hall

Vesta Cawley turned to the city bureaucracy for help with a problem that didn’t matter to any of the other 900,000 residents of Dallas. But it should have mattered more to city hall.

And Jesus Said, “Mai Eeñeno”

From its headquarters in the wilds of Dallas to remote jungle outposts all over the world, Wycliffe Bible Translators is defying bitter opposition and dedicating itself to speeding up the Second Coming.

And Jesus Said, “Mai Eeñeno”

From its headquarters in the wilds of Dallas to remote jungle outposts all over the world, Wycliffe Bible Translators is defying bitter opposition and dedicating itself to speeding up the Second Coming.

Make Friends With the Quin Tikis

Onstage, all happy lounge acts are alike; offstage, all
unhappy lounge acts are unhappy in their own ways.

Make Friends With the Quin Tikis

Onstage, all happy lounge acts are alike; offstage, all
unhappy lounge acts are unhappy in their own ways.

Old Oil: The Ranger Revival

Ranger was the most romantic field in the early oil boom.
Now a major company is risking its future to prove that
romance still lives.

Old Oil: The Ranger Revival

Ranger was the most romantic field in the early oil boom.
Now a major company is risking its future to prove that
romance still lives.

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