Three years ago, when I took over Texas Monthly from the previous editor in chief, I elected not to mark the occasion with the sort of sweeping changes that often accompany a shift at the top of the masthead. Some new hires were made, some small adjustments here and there, but by and large the design of the magazine remained the same, as did the writers, the regular features, and the style of the covers.
This is a story about a kid who liked to draw. He’s twelve years old and killing time at the Callahan County courthouse, in Baird, where his mom is the secretary for the district attorney. After football practice, he waits for her there before they head back to the ranch ten miles southeast of town. He’s grown up on the ranch. That’s where he learned to draw, filling up empty hours with a pencil and paper, sketching cowboys and Indians, spaceships and sharks, looking for things to copy out of his granddad’s magazine collection.
On her new album …Little Broken Hearts, folk singer and Texas sweetheart Norah Jones strikes a significantly darker tone than on her previous work. On the murder ballad “Miriam,” perhaps the darkest of all the tracks, she describes killing her lover’s mistress. As of this Wednesday, “Miriam” has an equally eerie video to match.
Posting will be light at the TM Daily Post this week, as several key members of our team are taking some much needed time off.
What was Texas talking about this week?
The TM Daily Post staff wanted to beat the crowds and take a dip in one the state’s best swimming holes. We’ll be relaxing in Balmorhea State Park (pictured above) or by Barton Springs Pool until Tuesday, when we’ll return to the office. We hope you get to do the same. Happy Memorial Day.
Houston dad Marc Ostrofsky has five accomplished daughters and stepdaughters. And he is spending some $1.5 million to put them through college. Good thing Ostrofsky, who lives in the posh Houston neighborhood of Tanglewood, penned that New York Times’ bestselling book, Get Rich Click!: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money Online.
After nine years at the Austin American-Statesman, Jason Embry is leaving the paper’s capitol bureau to become press secretary for House Speaker Joe Straus, theTexas Tribune’s Emily Ramshaw reported Tuesday.
There’s no hall of fame for Texas writers, but to the extent that they’ve got a comparable brass ring to reach for, it’s the Texas Institute of Letters’ Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement.
I don’t want to fight with a twenty-year-old fashion blogger.
A few months ago, I attended a party at a Dallas boutique. I don’t remember which designer the forty or so cool folks who were present that night were celebrating. I was distracted by a young woman outside who was smoking a Marlboro Light. I realized it was the redhead behind the personal-style blog Sea of Shoes, Jane Aldridge.