The Tire Blowout Will Be Televised

It gets the couch potatoes off the couch,” says Eddie Gossage, the president of Texas Motor Speedway. He is referring to Big Hoss TV, the Fort Worth venue’s 20,633-square-foot HD video screen, which is set to be officially unveiled on April 6, at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. If Gossage is aware of an irony here—that he’s trying to entice racing fans away from their televisions by luring them to his stadium to gape at a much bigger television—he isn’t letting on. 

¿Viva Terlingua?

It’s an unseasonably warm February afternoon in Terlingua, and the power of the cloudless sky’s white sun reflected off the pale desert dirt is so overwhelming it bleaches the color out of everything it touches. Everything except the jalapeño-red facade of the Chili Pepper Cafe and Michael Drinkard’s lizard-patterned green shirt. 

Greener Pastures

Seven years ago, Dallas city council member Angela Hunt got a late-night email from a constituent upset about the noise in Lower Greenville, a neighborhood of modest single-family homes just northeast of downtown. Back then, the main thoroughfare was a daytime wasteland that morphed into the city’s sloppiest party scene when the sun went down. Having frequently fielded this complaint from members of her district, Hunt decided to throw on her sweatpants and check things out.

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