The name on everyone’s lips this legislative session is unknown to most people outside Austininside Austin too. But Mike Toomey, the governor’s chief of staff, is the most powerful political operative at the Capitoland the most feared. Just ask his fellow Republicans.
Thomas Austin Preston, Jr.a.k.a. Amarillo Slimhas cut cards with LBJ and hustled all manner of sharpies at pool and Ping-Pong. But at 74, his greatest success continues to be at the poker table, as my $100 and I found out.
History makes no mention of what was one of the most popular all-female country acts ever. Yet the story of the Goree Girls-inmates who banded together in the forties at Texas’ sole penitentiary for women—is worth a listen.
Where are the best places to eat barbecue in Texas? Six years ago we published a highly subjective—and hotly debated— list of our fifty favorite joints, and now we’ve gone back for seconds. Ten intrepid souls drove more than 21,000 miles in search of 2003’s worthiest ‘cue. Here’s what they came back with: the top 5 and the next 45, plus honorable mentions, great chains, and meat by mail.
To those who say barbecue is an art form, we say, “Amen.” Presenting the elite meat to eat—along with beans, bread, and sauce—from some of the state’s top pits.
My siblings and I had plenty of pets growing up, but they were never quite as exciting as those we caught ourselves, such as tarantulas. And garden snakes. And of course, horny toads.
With the record business in the doldrums, what’s a talented, ambitious band to do? If you’re Austin’s Grupo Fantasma, you make it on your own.
Yes, yescome playoff time, the Houston Astros have a history of reducing grown men to tears. But thanks to Jeff Kent, this season could be different.
Haven’t we settled the prayer-in-politics debate and turned our attention to more important things, like the budget shortfall? Apparently not.
Fifteen years after Larry McMurtry announced he was through writing novels, he shows no sign of letting up. For this we should be thankful.