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Roar of the Crowd|
April 1, 2006

Game On

I read your Bud Shrake/Gary Cartwright article while on a plane from Austin to Los Angeles (poignant in itself), and it literally brought tears to my eyes [“Perfect 10,” February 2006]. It not only took me back to that stellar night of January 4 but to the several nights

Around the State|
March 1, 2006

Around the State

March—People, Places, Events, Attractions03.09.2006You have to wonder what’s most impressive about the 48-year-old World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-up, in Sweetwater: the fact that a community of farmers and ranchers devised a way to turn all their diamondback-infested nooks and crannies into ripe hunting grounds, drawing crowds from as far as Australia

Roar of the Crowd|
February 1, 2006

Home Base

Your article about being an Army brat could have been my biography, right down to the unair-conditioned Plymouth station wagon [“Army Brat,” December 2005]! When we lived in Naples, Italy, my dad, who worked for base security, drove us in that Plymouth, which was probably the largest car in

Around the State|
February 1, 2006

Around the State

February—People, Places, Events, Attractions02.11.2006“TWO WOMEN LOOK WEST: PHOTOGRAPHS OF KING RANCH BY HELEN C. KLEBERG AND TONI FRISSELL,” a dual exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, takes us back this month to the glory years of the King Ranch, when it was the biggest, richest, and most glamorous

Bum Steers|
January 1, 2006

The 2006 Bum Steer Awards

JUST LIKE HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT After his powerboat, The Rough Rider, sped through a 5-knot zone at a speed of 30 knots, Ross Perot was fined $300 in Bermuda Magistrates’ Court for operating “without reasonable consideration.” SHE ONLY HAD ONE CLIENT ANYWAY Prior to her withdrawal as a

Web Exclusive|
January 1, 2006

TLR vs. TM

Texans for Lawsuit Reform responds to our November 2005 article; we respond to the organization’s response.

Contributors|
January 1, 2006

January 2006 Contributors

Jason LeeYou might think that texas monthly deserves its own Bum Steer for not using a Texan to create this month’s cover image, but it’s hard to argue with the results of Jason Lee’s work. The New Yorker (by way of Rhode Island) used a computerized 3-D technique to

Roar of the Crowd|
January 1, 2006

Law and Disorder

Your November 2005 article [“Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!”], ostensibly on tort reform, was disappointing in its limited and biased coverage of the litigation reforms of the past decade, the grassroots movement that generated those reforms, and the improvements in Texas law and society that the reforms

Where I'm From|
December 1, 2005

This Month’s Contributors

Roberto Parada, who illustrated the seven Where I’m From profiles, was born in North Arlington, New Jersey.Executive editor Mimi Swartz (“Midnight in the Garden of Memory,” was born in Baltimore, Maryland.Senior executive editor Paul Burka (“I of the Storm,” was born in Galveston.Writer-at-large Oscar Casares (“Christmas

Roar of the Crowd|
December 1, 2005

Rah Deal

Great article about the cheerleading debate [“Flipping Out,” October 2005]. All I can say is this: It’s funny that the legislators mention “more of our young girls getting pregnant in middle and high school, dropping out of school, having babies,” when it’s the young ladies on the cheerleading squads

Roar of the Crowd|
November 1, 2005

Seeing Red

I cross the Red River regularly for business, and it galls me every time. You see “OU” everywhere, and you can’t say anything, because Bob Stoops owns Mack Brown [“The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Him,” September 2005]. Mack Brown may be a nice guy, but I want trained

Contributors|
November 1, 2005

November 2005 Contributors

Charles S. AndersonYou may not know Charles S. Anderson’s name, but you certainly know his work. He’s created striking images and logos for Turner Classic Movies, Target, French Paper, and Best Buy. And though the designer, who is based in Minneapolis, rarely creates artwork for magazines, he jumped at

Roar of the Crowd|
September 30, 2005

Ode to Joel

I am mortified that Texas Monthly would choose the cover heading “And on the eighth day, God created Joel Osteen” [“Prime Minister,” August 2005]. While Joel Osteen delivers a feel-good message and may be a good businessman, please reacquaint yourselves with Genesis, chapter one, of the Holy Bible—any version.

Roar of the Crowd|
August 31, 2005

House of Corrections

Your justification for including me on the Ten Worst list was primarily based on your false assertion that I was to blame for the demise of a judicial pay raise bill [“The Best and Worst Legislators of 2005,” July 2005]. In fact, I voted “present not voting” on

Around the State|
August 31, 2005

09.25.05

September—People, Places, Events, Attractions09.25.05Love him or hate him, you have to respect Anselm Kiefer’s sheer ambition. “The scale of his ideas is daunting, and the size of his works—some paintings are twenty-four feet high—is incredible,” says Michael Auping, who organized the Kiefer exhibit opening this month at the Modern Art

Roar of the Crowd|
July 31, 2005

Devils Advocate

As a landowner of Devils River property for 75 years, I can assure you, Mr. Gwynne, that the only reason the Devils River is the pure and pristine river it is today is because of those ornery landowners, who were, and still are, trying their best to preserve for future

Contributors|
July 31, 2005

Contributors

John MorthlandWhen writer-at-large John Morthland first started writing about food, in the eighties, he turned to what he liked best: “Barbecue, Cajun, regional American stuff,” he says. “Comfort food.” So cataloging chicken-fried cuisine around the state for “Grease” was easy as pie. “I already had a mental file of

Around the State|
July 31, 2005

08.08.05

August—People, Places, Events, Attractions08.08.2005To celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Inprint Brown Reading Series has invited a writer whose penchant for eccentricity, outspokenness, and outlandishness (in print at least) equals that of his host city. John Irving, that master of weirdly irresistible characters and extravagant, tragically comic plots (or is it

Roar of the Crowd|
June 30, 2005

E-mail Bonding

“Old-timers’ Day” [May 2005] is the best thing that’s been in Texas Monthly in years. I’ve always enjoyed both Gary Cartwright and Dan Jenkins, but this was like sitting and listening to them argue and tell stories over a long lunch. Please persuade, cajole, bribe, or threaten both these

Contributors|
May 31, 2005

June 2005 Contributors

Mark UlriksenAlthough San Francisco illustrator Mark Ulriksen has been to Texas several times (“I even got a traffic ticket from a no-nonsense cop in Amarillo, my first ever”), he had to do some catching up on state politics for “Carole Keeton Strayhorn Has Guts…”. “I’m pretty familiar with

Roar of the Crowd|
May 31, 2005

Time Out

S. C. Gwynne’s “Safe at Home” is not really about the children [April 2005]. It is about the parents’ need to be “the best.” By having their children compete for regional, state, and national titles, parents can feel that they have done a superior job of parenting. The fact

Roar of the Crowd|
April 30, 2005

Second Opinions

“Kinky, your absence is going to be more devastating than Dan Rather’s leaving the ‘sunken anchor’ biz. Please rethink your aspirations!”

Around the State|
March 1, 2005

Around the State

March—People, Places, Events, Attractions03.2005Dennis Quaid returns to Texas, finds true love in Austin, and experiences a career comeback. Coincidence? We think not.The state’s influence on the silver screen is only too evident this month in the Capital City, which hosts the TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS on March 11.

Around the State|
December 1, 2004

The Caves Are Alive

Before yet another rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” threatens to push you over the edge this year, take preemptive action and embrace the season’s classics. On the first three Friday and Saturday nights in December, Natural Bridge Caverns, outside New Braunfels, presents Caroling in the Caverns, a 75-minute tour

Food & Drink|
December 1, 2004

… Salsa

AUSTINColorful, casual El Chile’s roasted-jalapeño salsa is the best in town, dark as chocolate and just the right thickness to coat a chip; while not terribly hot, it’s not for wimps. A few months ago, Las Manitas created a terrific spicy salsa that blends chile de árbol, tomatillo, garlic,

Food & Drink|
December 1, 2004

… Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo

AUSTINThe race for best garlic shrimp in Austin is a tie. Fonda San Miguel’s version is for those who want to taste the flavor of shrimp first, garlic second; the restaurant’s beautifully cooked crustaceans give serious meaning to the word “jumbo,” and its colonial-style dining rooms define “handsome.” For

Feature|
December 1, 2004

… Mole Poblano

AUSTINThere’s a tie for Austin’s best mole: The cooks at Las Manitas once took a class in mole-making from Diana Kennedy, and a version of the famous cookbook author’s own recipe—lush with chiles, chocolate, and spices—is offered at the laid-back cafe Friday through Sunday, atop enchiladas or by the

Food & Drink|
December 1, 2004

… Baked Goods

AUSTINA spacious bakery and counter-order cafe, La Mexicana is a home away from home for Mexican expatriates, who eat breakfast or lunch, watch Spanish-language TV, and send money to the folks back home while the kitchen churns out multicolored sweet buns, churros (skinny squiggles of fried dough), and much

Food & Drink|
December 1, 2004

… Guacamole

AUSTINThe guacamole at unpretentious El Mesón is the best in Austin—avocado scooped from the shell, lightly mashed, and mixed with chopped onion, tomato, and jalapeño and ample quantities of lime juice; it’s eat-by-the-spoonful good. At El Chile, a repurposed bungalow, the cooks do a nice job with a chunky

Food & Drink|
December 1, 2004

… Chiles Rellenos

AUSTINThere are chiles rellenos, and then there are chiles rellenos en nogada, a classic variation with a sweet, luxuriant walnut cream sauce. The city’s best relleno is the nogada version served at Manuel’s, both the limestone-walled dining room downtown and the flamboyant place up north; the rich sauce has

Food & Drink|
December 1, 2004

Diccionario

achiote to divorciado(a)  |  dulce de leche to migas  |  mojarra to zarzamoraachiote (ah-chee-oh-teh): Nothing to sneeze at, achiote is a dark red paste made from the crushed seeds of the annatto tree. It has a mild, paprika-like flavor.adobado(a) (ah-doh-bah-doh): seasoned with adobo.adobo (ah-doh-boh): a red

Books|
January 1, 2002

Punchline Willie

We knew he could sing, of course. What we didn't know was that he had such a great sense of humor. Here are some of Willie Nelson's favorite jokes from his just-published memoir, The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes.

Bum Steers|
January 1, 2001

The 2001 Bum Steer Awards

A year of alarming art, befuddled bus drivers, crustacean confiscators, demanding donors, entomological eats, feckless felons, garbled George W., hideous headgear, inspirational ice cream, juiced journalists, KKK kiss-offs, Lubbock lampooners, mucho manure, nada nudity, oafish officials, P.O.'d policemen, quirky queens, raunchy Republicans, shapely sideburns, thanatological toys, used uniforms, vampire vanquishers,

Recipe|
December 1, 2000

Cornish Hens With Smoky Guajillo Salsa

Comino Honey Glazed Hens1 cup honey1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (comino)dash liquid smoke flavoring (optional)1 stick cinnamon6 Cornish hens, rinsed and dried1 tablespoon cornbread crumbs or finely ground corn tortillas (optional)Note: The glaze must be prepared a day ahead. The hens should be cooked and served the same day.To make glaze,

Feature|
August 31, 2000

The Texas Twenty

They saved lives and enlightened us, gave us pleasure and gave of themselves. Meet the most impressive, intriguing, and influential Texans of 2000.

Books|
April 30, 2000

Hot Box

CDs by Ernest Tubb, Blind Willie Johnson, and Guy Clark; books about Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, and John A. Lomax.

Recipe|
November 1, 1999

Chiles Rellenos with Guajillo Sauce

Guajillo Sauce1 pound ripe Roma tomatoes 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed 1 large white onion, peeled and cut into eighths 6 cloves garlic, peeled 1 ounce guajillo chiles (approximately 4 chiles; guajillos are about 4 inches long, reddish-brown, and smooth-skinned; they are sometimes labeled “cascabel” chiles in stores); or use

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