On November 18, 1999, at 2:42 a.m., the most passionately observed collegiate tradition in Texas—if not the world—came crashing down. Nearly sixty people were on top of the Texas A&M Bonfire when the million-pound structure collapsed, killing twelve, wounding dozens more, and eventually leading to the suspension of the ninety-year-old ritual. Now, ten years later, on what would have been Bonfire’s centennial, the Aggies celebrate the history, relive the tragedy, and wrestle over what happens next.
Bud Shrake’s letters to friends back in Texas during his years in New York show the late novelist in all his ribald, freewheeling glory. And never more alive.
The best way to go completely nuts this Thanksgiving is with this five-part meal featuring the bounty of our beloved state tree.
In 1996 a powerful South Texas ranching clan accused ExxonMobil of sabotaging wells on the family’s property. Thirteen years, millions of dollars in legal fees, and one state Supreme Court opinion later, the biggest oil field feud of its time is still raging.
Am I the only person who has always wanted to get picked for jury duty?
One year after President Obama’s election, what does the world look like in the county that voted against him more overwhelmingly than any other?
Once upon a time, Molly Ivins was just a kid from River Oaks with an internship at the Houston Chronicle. Her time there set her on the path to becoming the most famous firebrand in Texas.
Especially in Texas, the fight over carbon restrictions might make health care reform look like, well, a tea party.
Dave Campbell on covering football.
What’s to be done with annoying neighbors?
Tony Rancich’s recording studio.
Hey, movie people, leave Cormac McCarthy alone!
Thet latest album from rock trio White Denim.
The latest album from Norah Jones.
Handmade crafts, homey cafes, and cowboy couture make this Hill Country hamlet a browser’s paradise.
The latest album from Robert Earl Keen.