Helen Thorpe

Articles by Helen Thorpe

Oil and Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

Offshore drillers are finding mammoth reservoirs in places that were once considered barren, which is why the Gulf of Mexico is booming again.

The Exterminator

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

Does Tom DeLay kill Democrats on contact? Not exactly, but as the president can tell you, the profoundly partisan Republican congressman attacks his enemies relentlessly.

Whose Art Is It, Anyway?

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

Most everyone agrees that Dominique de Menil did the right thing when she paid for two stolen Cypriot frescoes and had them painstakingly restored. But her decision to build a chapel to house them in Houston has proved controversial.

Tex Mecca

Apr 30, 1999 By Helen Thorpe

What are tens of thousands of Muslims doing in Arlington? Adjusting to life in America, debating the merits of assimilation, and trying to convince the world that they’re not terrorists.

News Makers

Jan 1, 1999 By Helen Thorpe

Coming January 1 to a small screen near you: A round-the-clock, Texas-specific, CNN-style cable channel. Its creators will be watching. Will you?

The Man Who Wasn’t There

Dec 1, 1998 By Helen Thorpe

Who gives a hoot about an owlish auteur with nary a directing credit in twenty years? All of Hollywood, that’s who—which is why Austinite Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line is the most anticipated film of the season.