December 1979

Features

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Dec 1, 1979 By Paul Burka

Will the feds hijack out power? Will Akers slip off to LSU?

Columns

Theater
Why the Alley?

Dec 1, 1979 By W. L. Taitte

For the sake of the audience, it’s a question that needs to be asked. College productions of A Doll’s House show why actors go to school. Fort Worth has good actors and good producers—but not, alas, in the same theater.

Classical Music
The Big Loser

Dec 1, 1979 By W. L. Taitte

A young Russian defector blows his chance to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and goes on to find fame and fortune.

Books
Memoir of the Soil

Dec 1, 1979 By Stephen Harrigan

A.C. Greene’s singular, exquisite vision of West Texas; a thriller that’s better than it should be; and a historical novel with too much history.

Art
The Thin Man

Dec 1, 1979 By Michael Ennis

Albert Giacometti’s sculptured figures, now at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, are tall, emaciated, uncomprehending—and breathtaking.

Film
The Vampire Killer

Dec 1, 1979 By George Morris

Werner Herzog reverently remade the classic 1921 version of Nosferatu. He should have left scary enough alone.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1979 By John Bloom

Whose blonde, curly scalp are the farmers after how do the rich and powerful run? Why, pray tell, does Houston need parks?