Keith Kachtick


Let It Be

In today’s stressful times, Buddhism’s philosophy of peaceful detachment is resonating with more Texans than ever.

Sun Spot

For a laid-back coastal paradise that’s reminiscent of
the Greek Islands in the seventies, pack a bathing suit
and head to Montezuma, Costa Rica. But be
forewarned: Half of the adventure is getting there.

Mad About Madrid

For an ideal long-weekend destination, try this dusty
artists colony 25 miles south of Santa Fe. It’s a New
Mexican version of Marfa—only a fraction of the size.

You Gotta Belize

I was lured to Central America by the promise of “unspoiled adventure travel.” After sailing for a week in the Caribbean, I can report that I wasn’t disappointed.


A Texas playwright gets panned by Catholic conservatives.

Writes of Passage

Getting published was supposed to be a cure-all, but for Austinite Louise Redd, it was just another chapter in the life of a struggling novelist.


Poetry about a 161-year-old battle is hardly what you’d expect from a high-minded political writer, but fifth-generation Texan Michael Lind has always been a maverick.

Quick-Change Artist

So what if consistency is the hallmark of the record business? As the chameleonlike career of Darden Smith suggests, you can go your own way.

Hanging in Hemphill

A few days in the tiny East Texas hamlet my mom now calls home proved the old maxim: Entertainment value is inversely proportional to population size.

Invisible Incas

Before my tortuous trek through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, I was told I’d be changed by the experience. And, indeed, the spirits moved me.

Rush to Justice

Kim Wozencraft meant to spend her life putting drug pushers behind bars—until she became an addict. Now, more than a decade later, she’s fighting against the justice system she once embraced.

Ripe Apple

Twenty years after he began critiquing modern society, Houston writer Max Apple is enjoying the fruits of his labor.

Lee Harvey’s Legacy

Rachel Oswald did not kill John F. Kennedy, but for more than three decades she has struggled to make peace with the darkest day in Texas history.