The Culture

Leavin’ McMurtry

Feb 28, 1974 By Larry L. King

Leaving Cheyenne, which may be Larry McMurtry’s best novel, is made into a miserable movie. This is how it happened.

Rodeo Madness

Feb 28, 1974 By Gary Cartwright

A rodeo is an anachronism, like javelin throwing: but its bumps, bruises, and brawls are real.

Sold American!

Jan 31, 1974 By William Martin

Selling a herd of prime cattle can be tricky business. And it takes professionals to do it right.


Dec 1, 1973 By William Broyles

Dallas and Fort Worth boosters may have pushed their cities into the 21st century when they opened the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport this September.

Closing Down La Grange

Sep 30, 1973 By Al Reinert

An Aggie views the closing of the Chicken Ranch. George Washington didn't sleep there, but many famous and unfamous Texans did.

Inside The Lobby

Jun 30, 1973 By Richard West

These veterans of endless smoke-filled rooms and committee sessions do more to shape state government than most elected officials. They're not all bad, but they're not all good, either.

Texas Music News

Dec 31, 1969 By Jordan Mackay

Willie Nelson, Beck, Lisa Loeb, Swing Separated at Beck: Some of you may have caught Willie Nelson’s appearance last week on “The Tonight Show” where he held the stage with one of LA’s most original artists, Beck. There’s an interesting story behind that collaboration and behind that whole…

Appetite for Destruction

Dec 31, 1969 By Pableaux Johnson

Rivers of fire. Gnashing metal claws. Burning buildings. Army surplus rocket engines and abstract mechanical dinosaurs. Lumbering steel insects armed with flamethrowers and rotating cow skulls. A capacity crowd of 5,000 Texans packed Longhorn Speedway to witness the spectacle—a chaotic evening of well-managed explosions, choreographed pyromania and all-purpose destruction—courtesy…

6 Things You’ll Be Talking About in September

Dec 31, 1969 By Jeff Salamon

1. “Goodbye to texas university . . . Hello to the University of Louisiana State?” The trash-talking for Texas A&M’s first-ever Southeastern Conference game got off to an early start in May, when University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp took a shot at Aggieland. “You ever been to College…

Burritos in Bosnia

Dec 31, 1969 By Alex Crevar

What’s the easiest way to get to Texas? Well, I reckon that depends on your locale at any given moment. Ringo Starr might have said to take a left at Oklahoma but I think it’s easier if you look for the big blue stars above the front door just…

Texas Music Source

Dec 31, 1969 By Texas Monthly

Texas music is as diverse as its people. Nineteenth-century immigrants to Texas from the American South, from Mexico, and Europe, shaped a variety of sounds unmatched anywhere else in the United States. Southern blues and ragtime, Mexican orquesta, the waltzes and polkas of Central Europe, all took root, thrived,…

The Pecan

Dec 31, 1969 By Patricia Sharpe

Along about May the nuts begin to form, in close-growing clusters at the tips of stubby twigs. Inside each green husk is a droplet of nutrient-filled liquid—the substance that will eventually become a pecan. As the kernel takes on shape and size, a papery skin develops around the jellylike matter.

The Native Texan

Dec 31, 1969 By Susan Chadwick

In simplest terms, a native Texan is someone who was born in Texas. But only the most literal-minded would be satisfied with that definition. That just doesn’t get to the heart of the matter. To some people, for instance, it is possible to be more native than other natives, as…

Close Encounters of the Lone Star Kind

Dec 31, 1969 By Pamela Colloff

In 1973, when Palacios Mayor W. C. Jackson invited extraterrestrials to visit Texas (“No one has ever made those fellas welcome,” he told reporters), his hospitality came almost a century too late. Long before anyone had heard of Roswell, flying saucers were first spotted in Texas in 1878, according…

The Texas Institute of Letters

Dec 31, 1969 By karlkilian

An uneasy peace has long existed between Texas and literature, a peace the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) has tried for fifty years to preserve and protect. Threats have been constant. In several cases, foreign emissaries have found themselves treated in alarming ways. British poet Stephen Spender, invited to speak…