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.

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My Favorite Place

What do the city of Lubbock, a defunct restaurant, and a submerged neighborhood have in common? They’re all places in somebody’s heart.

Good Humor Man

Ace Reid was the greatest cowboy cartoonist in the world; I laughed at his jokes and was honored to be his friend.

Kaiser on a Roll

Nothing can stop Sheriff Frances Kaiser: not cancer, not grisly murder cases, and certainly not the good old boys of Kerr County.

My Willie

Willie Nelson and I have been friends for years, so why did I decide only now to make him a character in one of my mystery novels? The plot thickens.

A Tribute to Me

Why did Willie, Lyle, and other big names pay homage to me by recording my songs? Because I asked them to. You got a problem with that?

All Politics Is Yokel

My assault on the body politic.

Strange Bedfellows

Under the covers with five of my closest friends.

The Navigator

My dad at war—and peace.

Texas for Dummies

Lifesaving tips for new Texans.

Ode to Billy Joe

Singing the praises of Billy Joe Shaver.

Band of Brothers

Keeping time with the Texas Jewboys.

Social Studies

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

Hail to the Kinkster

George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and me.

Room With a Boo

Having a ghost of a time at the Menger Hotel.

The Jest Is History

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

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