THE RAILBIRDS AT THE STONELEIGH bar keep asking the man on the corner stool what retirement is like. “Like a steam bath,” Blackie Sherrod grumbles, copping a line from his final column in the Dallas Morning News, which ran just after the first of the year.

Generation Next

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.

Norah Jones Releases New Video

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.


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