April 2007

Features

The Punch Line

Mar 31, 2007 By Mimi Swartz

Anna Nicole Smith died as she lived: as a bit of tabloid ephemera, sandwiched between a love-crazed astronaut and Britney Spears’s new do. And that’s exactly where she belonged.

Law of the Land

Mar 31, 2007 By Pamela Colloff

Nearly two centuries after their forebears protected colonists from Indian raids, the Texas Rangers are alive and well and wrestling with the realities of the twenty-first century. In their own words, the iconic crime fighters explain how their world has changed—and what it takes to battle the latest generation of bad guys.

Bob Perry Needs a Hug

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry was the nation's largest individual political donor and the man criticized for helping to popularize “Swift boat” as a verb.

The Gang’s All Here

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

When the rough-and-tumble bikers known as the Bandidos gathered in San Antonio for the funeral of one of their beloved members, they swore a lot, drank a lot, defended themselves against the police and the public’s misperceptions, and—amazingly— let a reporter observe the whole fascinating scene.

Miscellany

Motor Mouths

Mar 31, 2007 By Texas Monthly

THANK YOU, MICHAEL HALL, for opening your “football-loving soul” to the NASCAR way [“EEEEEEAAAAOOOOWWW!!!,” February 2007]. Most of the time, NASCAR fans get looked down upon, but you came, saw, and felt what millions of others love—one hell of a good time. STEPHEN HUGHES Pflugerville AS A LONGTIME…

Around the State

Mar 31, 2007 By Texas Monthly

JORDAN’S PICK Mesquite Championship Rodeo Mesquite SO YOU MISSED THE BIG-TO-DO rodeos in Fort Worth and Houston this year. It’s okay to admit it. But, lest your Texas citizenship soon be revoked, you’ve still got a chance to hop in the saddle (in a manner of speaking): The Mesquite Championship…

The Profanity Defense

Mar 31, 2007 By Evan Smith

MY MOTHER WASN’T A LONGSHOREMAN. My father wasn’t a mob boss. They weren’t church choir directors either, but they certainly didn’t raise me to drop the F-bomb in conversation as liberally as you might sprinkle salt on french fries. Despite their best efforts, I have what can charitably be described…

Reporter

Dial T for This

Mar 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

As has proved popular in rock and roll, if you’re going to pretend you don’t really care about your music, the stage is the place to act this out. Bands like the Replacements carried this to extremes; their drunken train wrecks in the eighties convinced a lot of people they…

Robert Harrison

Mar 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

The former front man of the long-running, traditional Austin pop combo Cotton Mather has brought together a sprawling and ambitious ensemble with a self-titled new project, Future Clouds and Radar (The Star Apple Kingdom). Why this different direction? After Cotton Mather, I was laid up for some time with a…

Life

Mar 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

At 74, DAVID “FATHEAD” NEWMAN may no longer raise the hair on the back of your neck when he tears off a tenor sax solo, but the force of his tone—comfortable, assured, sturdy, Texan—remains undiminished. LIFE (HighNote) is of a piece with the Corsicana-born reedman’s other recent work: It is…

Diamonds to Dust

Mar 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

Having built a solid career as a sideman’s sideman and an A-list roots-rock producer hasn’t made Austin’s GURF MORLIX any more market- able. Not that that’s an easy task. Morlix is a serious musician with matchless taste, but his name says it all: He’s got a silly side. You wouldn’t…

The Men’s Guide to the Women’s Bathroom

Mar 31, 2007 By Mike Shea

THE MEN’S GUIDE TO THE WOMEN’S BATHROOM is a spunky debut novel from JO BARRETT that aspires, with mixed results, to break through the glass bookshelf of the chick-lit ghetto. Readers will recognize the likes of Claire St. John, a self-effacing, thirtyish divorcée who flees her New York law career…

The King of Colored Town

Mar 31, 2007 By Mike Shea

In his provocatively titled THE KING OF COLORED TOWN, longtime Austinite DARRYL WIMBERLEY offers an impassioned and eloquent piece of storytelling set in the last days of the Jim Crow South. The tone is somber from the outset: Cilla Handsom, a black musician summoned away from her command performance at…

Berkeley Breathed

Mar 31, 2007 By Mike Shea

Having nabbed a 1987 editorial cartooning Pulitzer for his satirical strip Bloom County, the onetime Austinite went on to write and illustrate kids’ books as well as the widely syndicated Sunday funny Opus. His new book, Mars Needs Moms!, is aimed squarely at the OshKosh B’Gosh crowd. Mars Needs Moms!…

Web

Books That Cook

Mar 31, 2007 By Texas Monthly

Is it true that you aren’t really a Texan if you haven’t had a Lu Ann platter? The folks at Luby’s would like to think so. If you haven’t guessed by now, Luby’s is definitely a Texas thing—the first store opened in San Antonio in 1947. And for generations, Texans…

N9NE Steakhouse

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID, “Darn! Why doesn’t Texas have more steakhouses with deejays?” How often have I groused, “Where the hell are the steakhouses with mirrored columns and silver-leafed domes?” And most important, “Where are the steakhouses with $69 margaritas?” I mean, really—if you want to go out…

Bad Boys

Jan 20, 2013 By Emmet Sullivan

Executive editor Skip Hollandsworth talks about intimidation, stereotypes, and the Bandidos, one of the most notorious biker gangs in Texas.

Columns

The Damage Done

Mar 31, 2007 By William Martin

We stand alone among the fifty states in our refusal to legitimize a proven method of disease prevention: needle exchange for drug users. It’s time to change that.

How We Blew It

Mar 31, 2007 By Michael Ennis

Remember all that talk of tipping the balance of history on a fulcrum of those “Texas values” everyone was crowing about?