December 1982

Features

Feature
281

Dec 1, 1982 By Jan Morris

If you want to see the real Texas, don’t take the interstate.

Feature
Piece by Piece

Dec 1, 1982 By Anne Dingus

Out of Texas’ ragbag history came the patchwork quilt, the product of cold winters, isolated homesteads, empty pocketbooks, and fertile minds.

Columns

Theater
Bringing Down The House

Dec 1, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

The board of the Dallas Theater Center is fighting with its stuck-in-a-rut staff to pull the company out of its decade of doldrums.

Art
Tintypes And Stormscapes

Dec 1, 1982 By Michael Ennis

A new book on the Amon Carter Museum’s photography collection chronicles one and a half colorful centuries of America in haunting black and white.

Movies
Truth and Woolworth’s

Dec 1, 1982 By James Wolcott

Life is false fronts and fantasies to the women who flock to a dusty Texas town in Robert Altman’s Com Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The Missionary won’t convert you. Still of the Night is still, all right.

Education
The Four R’s

Dec 1, 1982 By Joseph Nocera

In Corpus Christi’s schools, testing kids is as important as teaching them—which has greatly improved test scores but not the quality of public education.

Classical Music
Hal-le-lu-jah!

Dec 1, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

On Christmas Day, people all across the country can tune in to PBS to hear the Concert Chorale of Houston sing the Messiah. That’s reason to rejoice.

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Dec 1, 1982 By Paul Burka

Brown & Root looks for a way out; Mark White looks for a way in; who’s number one at UT; the Court of Criminal Appeals blows another one.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1982 By Peter Applebome

Sundown’s up and Morton’s down: Dallas is Texas’ most mental city; the Spurs are Texas’ most schizophrenic team; the Aggies are ushering in brave new world; Fort Worth is fixing to challenge Detroit.