December 1998


The Man Who Wasn’t There

Dec 1, 1998 By Helen Thorpe

Who gives a hoot about an owlish auteur with nary a directing credit in twenty years? All of Hollywood, that’s who—which is why Austinite Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line is the most anticipated film of the season.

The Disloyal Opposition

Dec 1, 1998 By Paul Burka

How five right-wing members of the State Board of Education are making life miserable for their fellow Republicans—especially George W. Bush.

Johnny on the Spot

Dec 1, 1998 By John Morthland

Country singer Johnny Rodriguez has had a career full of highs and lows, but with a murder trial looming, his lowest day may be yet to come.

Addicted to Sex?

Dec 1, 1998 By Jim Atkinson

Even if you’re not, many Texans are: Sex Addicts Anonymous has 61 chapters across the state, tending to the tattered psyches of exhibitionists and other tormented souls.

. . . And the Rest

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pajarito Mountain If you really want to get away from the crowds, scoot over to Los Alamos, thirty miles west of Santa Fe. The nearby Pajarito ski area is almost as top secret as the town was when the Manhattan Project begat the atomic bomb there in the forties.

Taos Ski Valley

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

No skiing experience has been quite as intimidating as the first time I saw Al’s Run, driving up to the base of the Taos ski area. A narrow alley shooting up the lift line and angling almost straight up toward the heavens, Al’s brought on instant acrophobia. An exceptional…

Ski Apache

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Ski Apache is a mountain of the unexpected. Nestled on the northern flank of the 12,003-foot Sierra Blanca peak near Ruidoso, it is one of America’s southernmost ski resorts, so you can simultaneously enjoy mild winter temperatures and alpine snow. The high elevation, generous acreage, and steeply pitched chutes…

Red River Ski Area

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Like Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride in Colorado, Red River is a mining town that, through a few parallel quirks of geology, geography, luck, and timing, happened to evolve into a ski town. But that old mining town, unique to New Mexico as it might be, isn’t what lends Red…

Ski Santa Fe

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

I’ve been told that Santa Fe is a pretty good town for food, art, and plush hotel bars with roaring fireplaces. I wouldn’t know. I’ve come here to sit on my rear—I’ve come here to snowboard. I’ve been a skier for more than twenty years, and over the past…

Angel Fire Resort

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Angel Fire resort, a town of 1,200 twenty-two miles northeast of Taos near Eagle Nest Lake, is the planned-resort version of Red River, conceived in the Moreno Valley between Eagle Nest and Taos 32 years ago—Angel Fire is to Red River what Vail is to Aspen on a New…


He Told Us So

Dec 1, 1998 By johnbjudis

University of Texas economist Jamie Galbraith used to get laughed at when he preached the gospel of full employment. No one’s laughing anymore.

Dow Town

Dec 1, 1998 By Carol Chapman

When I was growing up in Lake Jackson, the center of my world was a park owned by my father’s employer. Forty years later, most of it has been sold to a developer, and natives like me are having a chemical reaction.

Dorough cut his major-label deal at 73.
My Hero, Dorough

Dec 1, 1998 By Jeff McCord

He jammed with Miles Davis, enlivened Saturday morning children’s TV, and signed his first major-label record deal at 73. Meet jazz giant Bob Dorough.

Killer C

Dec 1, 1998 By Jim Atkinson

If you had a blood transfusion before 1992 or have ever shared a needle, you could have hepatitis C. You may feel fine, but it could be killing you.


Artist Interview
Love Stories

Dec 1, 1998 By Beth Pinsker

Once you get past a pregnant Drew Barrymore waddling through a characterless Texas backdrop, there aren’t many laughs in the comedy Home Fries, which was shot in Austin in 1996 and opened in theaters around the country on November 25. On the fall film festival circuit, audiences groaned at the…

Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Dec 1, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Coming Home, the debut release from Paula Nelson (Luck Records), one of Willie’s daughters, proves that the 29-year-old shares at least one thing with her father: the ability to say so much with so few words. This contemporary singer-songwriter’s CD, which deftly weaves a “chamber pop” ensemble around…

Surprised Parties

Dec 1, 1998 By Paul Burka

Here’s what Republicans and Democrats were talking about after the November 3 election. George W. Bush’s coattails. They were frayed at best, even though the GOP swept every statewide race. The governor got 68 percent of the vote, but the victorious Republican candidates for lieutenant governor and comptroller, Rick Perry…

The End

Dec 1, 1998 By Gary Cartwright

Serial killer Kenneth McDuff’s victims are unearthed, and he gets his due (we hope).

The Ex Files
Phyllis George

Dec 1, 1998 By Patricia McConnico

My mother used to say, “Phyllis, settle down and smell the roses.” I was very busy. I went to church on Sundays, I was the president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, I was a cheerleader, and for fourteen years I played classical piano. Growing up in Denton was a very…


The Inside Story
International Males

Dec 1, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

Texas seems to have a town named for every place in the world. There’s Paris, Turkey, London, Athens—you get the idea. But when we say that two illustrators featured in this month’s issue, Henrik Drescher and Olaf Hajek, are from New Zealand and Berlin, respectively, understand that we really mean…

Around the State
Around the State

Dec 1, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Why not party like it’s 1999-since it will be? Watch Junior Brown, Alvin Crow, and other troubadours ring in a honky-tonk New Year (Austin, Forth Worth, San Antonio, and Elsewhere). Plus: A benefit concert by the nation’s top cello fellow (Dallas); a filling exhibit of oil company ads (Elsewhere); Mexican…


West African Couscous

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/2 cup peanut oil or other vegetable oil 2 medium yellow onions, sliced 1 4- to 5-pound roasting chicken, cut into 8 pieces, washed and patted dry 3 10 1/2-ounce cans condensed chicken broth 2 teaspoons turmeric 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground…