With bulldozers poised to plow through their family’s historic spread, three San Antonio sisters are waging war against the state department.
The only thing scarier than facing a great pitcher is facing a hothead like Roger Clemens.
Head for the hills: Texas has a bumper crop of bluebonnets this year.
An outsider exposes the hidden risks in Odessa’s bigger-than-life brand of football.
In early 1836, after the fall of the Alamo, a small episode in Texas history revealed an aspect of our character we’d just as soon forget.
Though the leaders of Mexico’s revolution all lived short and violent lives, a handful of those who rode with them have survived to a ripe old age in Texas.
Yes, it’s muddy, it’s treacherous, and it smells bad enough to gag a skunk; but it’s also the only thing between us and Oklahoma.
A tour of the Texas psyche, with guides like Sam Houston, Katherine Anne Porter, and John Henry Faulk; a novel of adolescence addresses carnal knowledge and fundamentalist religion.
Once, the term “paperback original” was reserved for second-rate work. Now, thanks to an innovative editor, two Texas novelists are proud to see their books in softcover.
Time-honored Texas rituals.
Three novelists discover that a Texas connection need not be a tie that binds.
Getty Oil dropped into the market like raw steak into a bay full of sharks: Oil and Honor clarifies the waters. Beverly Lowry keeps the pages turning in her deft and racy roman à clef. The Perfect Sonya.
In Larry McMurtry’s Texasville, the teenagers from The Last Picture Show await their thirtieth high school reunion amid the hard times in Thalia and, as always, the war between the sexes.
At first he couldn’t stand the strain of trying to get rich. Then he couldn’t stand the strain of being rich.
Walt Disney, Howard Johnson, and Margery Post Merriweather have one thing in common: they’re all trapped inside Max Apple’s new novel.
In the novel Paradise, Donald Barthelme offers a cereal box of current events and social observations; Laura Furman challenges the dogged ideal of family in Tuxedo Park; Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass is a crash-bang publishing event.
David Lindsey stalks Houston cops, through the violence the violence and around the blood, in search of another mystery novel.
She unmasked the Klan and worried about the role of women, but she listened more to her husband than to the suffragettes.
The characters in Prize Stories and South by Southwest often dwell on the past while living out their lives in an anxious present.
Wild mustangs roam home; attorney race to Houston’s bankruptcy court; UT students get rich.
Baby Calves, children, even the agriculture commissioner: no one is safe from this tiny deamon.
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor is more than just journalistic ghostwriting; I the Supreme is robbed of its punch; Bird of Life, Bird of Death peeks behind Central America’s dictators and dominoes.
Bobby Jack Nelson—roughneck, cowhand, prospector, and Australian talk show host—is also a fine novelist; Larry L. King writes about writing.
Austin’s infamous Iguana; Lucas’ latest story; San Antonio’s dedicated Dodgers; Tascosa’s secretive spirits.
In darkest South Texas roam two of the world’s most endangered species—the black rhino and the Great White Hunter.
In 1541 Coronado and his troops stumbled upon a huge canyon in the midst of grassy plains and gazed upon it with awe. Journeying down into Palo Duro Canyon on mules 443 years later, I began to understand why.
He was an aggressive cop with one of the toughest beats in Dallas. But after fourteen years and another killing, the department took him off the street and slapped him behind a desk.
Jerry Argovitz made himself unpopular with NFL management as an abrasive player’s agent. Now that he owns Houston’s new football team, he finds himself on the other side of the table—and the issues.
Texans are sometimes driven to drink.
Football recruiting makes the NCAA see red, but SMU sees orange.
An Abilene man recalls the pluck and pain of his stricken son in This Is the Child. An El Paso professor creates a lovably uncool detective in Dancing Bear. An Austin meteorologist blows hot on Texas Weather.
Or, my life as a Texas gardener.
A high school teacher shot up the First Baptist Church in the East Texas steel town of Daingerfield, and the agony lasted longer than anyone could have imagined.
Texas women write about crop dusters and frozen custard and the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport in the encouraging new anthology Her Work. Life Sentences, though, is a flimsy feminist exercise.
Does Texas’ greatest college coach miss football? Nope.
Sunny in the morning, sunny in the evening, freezing by suppertime.
Four hundred Texans breed and train an uncommon kind of livestock—greyhounds.
Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, and Butch Johnson are wide receivers for the Dallas Cowboys—in other words, they’re artists, egomaniacs, fierce competitors, and the heart of the team.
The stake is survival—for either the sheep and goat ranchers of West Texas or the smartest predator of all.
The Guadalupe River is beautiful, inviting, and treacherous.
Talk to coaches and team owners about AstroTurf and you’ll hear all its advantages. Talk to the players and you’ll hear a different story.
April is the cruelest month, and tornado-struck Wichita Falls knows why.
Do you want a rare antique muzzle-loader or a holdup pistol that can’t be traced? You can find them both at a gun show.
Fighters from all over Texas slug it out in the Golden Gloves; for most, that’s the only gold they’ll ever see.
Roger Staubach is one Cowboy who always wears a white hat.
Love beads are out at rock concerts these days.
Two self-styled Texas soldiers of fortune engineered one of the more bizarre jailbreaks in history. Here’s how it happened.
People bring their gangly quarter horse colts to Bubba Werner to transform into winners. Now and again, he does.
It takes slant-heeled boots and a strong jaw to campaign in West Texas; a Ph.D. probably doesn’t help.
Tired of running, he let himself be caught; then he busted right out again.