Stanley Marsh 3, the Infamous West Texas Eccentric, Has Died

Earlier today, I was sitting in front of my computer writing an update about Stanley Marsh III, the legendary West Texas eccentric who in the late sixties and early seventies had become internationally famous for creating whimsical, large-scale works of art, most notably the Cadillac Ranch: the ten tail-finned Cadillacs in a field alongside Route 66 outside Amarillo, all of them inclined at the precise angle (52 degrees) of the sides of the Great Pyramid.  The occasion for this update was the impending

Leading Fire Investigation Into the Twenty-first Century

On November 10, 1991, black smoke rose from a house and into an early-morning sky over Fort Stockton, a small town just west of the Pecos. A 44-year-old woman with big green eyes paced her front yard in the fall air, hysterical, wearing nothing but the nylon nightie she slept in. Through the picture window that looked onto the street, lit with orange tongues of fire, the person she was closest to in the world—her uncle Bill Roscoe Richardson—lay inside, dead or dying.

The Lost Days of El Texano

On a warm afternoon in Juarez, in 1969, Fred Renk nervously entered a dusty bullfighting ring. Though he was a mediocre bullfighter, he was ambitious and optimistic. It seemed to be a lucky time for U.S.-born bullfighters: John Fulton, a bullfighter from Philadelphia, had become the first celebrity American matador, an honoree who earned praise from Ernest Hemingway and James Michener. Successful matadors enjoyed prestige; they possessed a dangerous allure.

Where Are the Videos?

Thanks to the reality show Border Wars on the National Geographic Channel, we have been privy in recent years to dozens of hours of footage of Border Patrol agents on the job: mucking through river cane, patrolling endless desert roads, and collaring an awful lot of would-be border jumpers. The agency’s public relations people have given Nat Geo’s cameras impressive access—at least when it comes to images they want us to see.

Face to Face With Rick Perry

Five thousand one hundred and forty-four days—that will be the length of Governor Perry’s administration when he steps down on January 20, 2015, in accordance with article 4, section 4, of the Texas constitution. That longevity is unprecedented in Texas politics. To put it in perspective, consider that Perry will have served as governor nearly two years longer than Franklin Delano Roo-sevelt was president. During Perry’s time in office, Texas added six million residents; George W.

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