They Came. They Sawed.

More than thirty years ago the collective might of Columbia Pictures descended on Austin with one of that studio’s blue-ribbon, A-team moviemaking armies: Blythe Danner, Anthony Perkins, Beau Bridges, a hot director named Sidney Lumet, an ingenue named Susan Sarandon, and the same producer who had already made small-town Texas a bankable commodity with the adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show. The prestige project settled in at the Chariot Inn, where Danner had a permanent sign


In this month’s issue of Texas Monthly, executive editor S.C. Gwynne envisions a hypothetical terrorist attack on the Houston Ship Channel and its social, political, and economic impact on the United States and, effectively, the world. Here, he discusses government-issued terror alerts, acknowledging our vulnerabilities to attacks, and being prepared for the worst. What made you decide to write this story now?

An F for Effort

I wish the Texas House of Representatives would install suites in the gallery. They’d make a fortune: comfortable chairs, leg room, food and drink, no DPS officers to admonish you for chortling with your neighbor at the antics on the House floor below. The business lobby would surely buy them, and members of the media could drop by to engage in speculation about which bills and amendments (and which legislators) were going to pass or fail.


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