Nicholas Lemann

Stories

On Assignment: Picture This

The Standard Oil Collection captured details of everyday life in the forties and, in 1981, helped us to understand modern Texas.

Should This Man Be President?

For all his integrity and noble intention, George Bush has yet to prove he’s got the agenda of a true statesman.

A Heaping Mess

One man’s answer to nouvelle cuisine.

Lily Buds, Tree Ears, and Fish Sauce

With just a nip of nuoc mam you’ll be on your way to the cooking frontier of Vietnamese food.

Viet-Tex Redfish Noodle Soup

With just a nip of nuoc mam you’ll be on your way to the cooking frontier of Vietnamese food.

Make It Fresh, Make It Simple, and Make It Good

That may sound easy, but the combined constraints of the marketplace and the refrigerator’s contents make it a neat trick to put a satisfying meal on the table.

The Way It’s Going to Be

Turn off the TV. Go fishing. Here’s the inside story of what will happen at the convention, complete with Nancy Reagan’s tacky visit to a bowling alley.

Big Oil Paranoia

Robert Sherrill’s Oil Follies of 1979-1980 leaves no detail unremarked in its effort to pin the blame on Big Oil; in Ronnie Dugger’s On Reagan the author is as unbending an ideologue as his subject is.

Taking Over

It’s a bank-eat-bank world out there.

The Gittings People

Shoot enough portraits of Texans, and you’ll have made a portrait of Texas.

Behind the Lines

Negative utopias.

The New Dominion

Things are looking good for the Sunbelt, says political prognosticator Kevin P. Phillips. Unfortunately, things are looking bad for America.

Texas Primer: The Tract House

It symbolizes either the American dream or the American nightmare—one or the other of which is enveloping Texas.

Texas Primer: The Tract House

It symbolizes either the American dream or the American nightmare—one or the other of which is enveloping Texas.

Behind the Lines

Emotional states.

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