Ted Cruz's conservative belief system was forged at age 13 in an after-school program in Houston that was designed "groom a new generation of true believers in the glory of the free market," according to a profile in the new issue of Mother Jones. And, almost 30 years later, the worldview of Texas's likely U.S. Senator has remained "unflinchingly consistent."
A reporter went inside the pink heart of Mary Kay, dropping more than $1,800 on cosmetics to become a decorated beauty consultant with the company to see what makes it tick.
In her piece for Harper's, Virginia Sole-Smith concludes that the Dallas-based direct-selling company is merely a "pink pyramid scheme" for most involved:
Robert Caro, who published his first volume on Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1982, shares an excerpt from his new book on the 36th president in the latest issue of the New Yorker. The 16,000-word piece, which retells the JFK assassination in meticulous detail, is taken from The Passage of Power, Caro’s fourth and penultimate book about LBJ, which will be released on May 1.
For the cover story in the latest issue of the Texas Observer, Melissa del Bosque traveled to the tiny border town of Guadalupe to give an on-the-ground report of the drug war gripping the Juárez Valley, a region she dubs the "the deadliest place in Mexico." She spent some serious time in the dangerous small town, located in Chihuahua state, where, according to one resident, “the cemeteries are all full ...
The only thing bigger than Baylor University, it seems, is Linsanity.
The guitar—a Martin N-20 classical, serial number 242830—was a gorgeous instrument, with a warm, sweet tone and a pretty “mellow yellow” coloring. The top was made of Sitka spruce, which came from the Pacific Northwest; the back and sides were Brazilian rosewood.
Of all the remote corners of Texas considered difficult to reach—the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande, in Big Bend National Park; the center-field wall at Minute Maid Park, in Houston; the butcher block at Franklin Barbecue, in Austin—the single most challenging can actually be found in every big city and rural burg in the state: the mind of a seventh grader.