Read State

Out of my always-churning maelstrom of treasured Texas titles, these ten (listed in no special order) arise from my current reflections, either because the books are always with me—abiding voices like William Goyen’s and Sandra Cisneros’s—or because they’ve been important in my explorations of deep Texas time. Another sounding in another year might come up with other titles.

Meanwhile, in Texas . . .

  • Firefighters rescued a pet frog from a Westworth Village home that had caught fire.
  • A Texas computer repairman was detained by South Korean border guards for attempting to swim across a river to North Korea in order to meet Kim Jong Un.
  • A judge ruled in favor of the Petrolia Independent School District after it was sued by the parents of a student who had been suspended for refusing to shake the superintendent’s hand during an eighth-grade graduation ceremony.
  • A San Antonio man reportedly stabbed his room

Number Nine’s Revolution

In 1993 Michigan native Mike Modano was playing for the Minnesota North Stars when the team became the Dallas Stars. Six years later, Dallas got a Stanley Cup parade. Due in no small part to Modano’s efforts on and off the ice, the city had become—and remains—a hockey town. By the time he retired, in 2011, “Mo” owned the record for most career NHL points by an American.

We Love That Dirty Water

On a late September afternoon, Brady Blackmore stands at the business end of a few lengths of heavy-duty oil field hose, spraying a thirsty St. Augustine lawn in Wichita Falls’s Country Club Estates neighborhood with blasts of treated wastewater. Mounted on a gooseneck trailer behind his Ford diesel, twin pumps spray water from six 290-gallon tanks onto a yard whose owners can’t bring themselves to sacrifice it to the drought.

Anna Todd, Revealed!

Two years ago, Anna Todd was a 23-year-old Army wife living at Fort Hood, attempting to be a college student. “I had no clue what I wanted to do,” she says over a honey-cream latte at Dominican Joe’s, a coffee shop near her new home in South Austin. “I tried nursing, I tried science, I tried English. I just kept bouncing back and forth.”

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