Kinky Friedman

Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman is an American Texas country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, and former columnist for Texas Monthly. He styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Friedman was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6 percent of the vote, he placed fourth in the six-person race.

Stories

Psycho Paths

The truth—scouts honor—about Charles Whitman.

Blowing Smoke

In praise of old stogies.

It's No Mystery

Five easy ways to plot your life as a writer.

Does Not Compute

Why I won’t plug in, boot up, or log on.

Unfair Game

On the trail of Texas’ unhappy hunting grounds.

Don Imus Has Heart

In New Mexico–far west Texas to you and me–my old friend the radio jock runs a ranch for kids with cancer. And you thought he was all talk.

The Jest Is History

How Neiman met Marcus and other facts you never learned in seventh grade.

Room With a Boo

Having a ghost of a time at the Menger Hotel.

Hail to the Kinkster

George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and me.

Social Studies

Belching the Lord’s Prayer and other fine points of Texas etiquette.

Band of Brothers

Keeping time with the Texas Jewboys.

Ode to Billy Joe

Singing the praises of Billy Joe Shaver.

Texas for Dummies

Lifesaving tips for new Texans.

The Navigator

My dad at war—and peace.

Strange Bedfellows

Under the covers with five of my closest friends.

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