December 2006


Pasó por Aquí

Dec 1, 2006 By Gary Cartwright

José Cisneros, the legendary illustrator of the Spanish Southwest, is 96, almost blind, and nearly deaf. And, of course, he has no plans to put down his pen.

Eating A Dead Horse

Dec 1, 2006 By Karen Olsson

Even if you’ve never dined on the delicious remains of a noble steed, you probably have an opinion on whether the state’s two slaughterhouses should remain open. Boone Pickens does. And Charlie Stenholm. And Bo Derek. Not to mention the many traders and “killer buyers” for whom business is business.

The Greatest Tacos Ever Sold

Dec 1, 2006 By Patricia Sharpe

Sixty-three of them, to be exact: from picadillo in Dallas and brisket tinga in Houston to carne asada gringa in San Antonio and chorizo-and-jalapeño in McAllen. Be sure you don’t leave this earth without trying each and every one.

“You Don’t Want to Know What We Do After Dark”

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

The young, tattooed men who are members of the Southwest Cholos, La Primera, La Tercera Crips, Somos Pocos Pero Locos, Mara Salvatrucha, and other Houston gangs are vicious career criminals who regularly rob innocent people in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. They steal cars and break into businesses. They deal drugs on street corners. And they constantly wage war with one another.



The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions and Fearless Leader

Dec 1, 2006 By Jeff McCord

Detractors of Dallas’s RED GARLAND disdained him as a “cocktail pianist” and claimed he made it into Miles Davis’s first classic quintet (from 1955 to 1957) only because of a stylistic similarity to Davis obsession Ahmad Jamal. Yet he proved the perfect accompanist for not just the legendary trumpeter but…

Nashville Rebel

Dec 1, 2006 By Jeff McCord

Like his compatriot “outlaw” Willie Nelson, WAYLON JENNINGS had already done a lot of solid work in Music City before reaching his breaking point, one set off by an accumulation of road dates, divorces, unpaid bills, and pep pills. So NASHVILLE REBEL (RCA/Legacy), a beautifully annotated four-CD retrospective, is a…

Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly

Dec 1, 2006 By Jeff McCord

ROCKIN’ BONES: 1950S PUNK & ROCKABILLY (Rhino), a reverb-drenched four-CD set of blistering guitar abandon, establishes this Eisenhower-era crew of JDs as the original punk rockers. Assembled with the same fanaticism as Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets, 101 (!) tracks roll by, many rescued from undeserved obscurity. You’ve heard Texans Buddy Holly,…

The Complete Atlantic Sessions

Dec 1, 2006 By Jeff McCord

The liner notes pin it down to a single moment: a 1972 George McGovern rally in Austin’s Zilker Park, when new-to-town country singer WILLIE NELSON found himself on the bill with a lot of hippie rock bands. Unintimidated, Nelson forged ahead with the show, and a movement was born. This…

Between Heaven and Texas

Dec 1, 2006 By Mike Shea

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS is dazzling. In a collection of meticulous prints, WYMAN MEINZER (who was proclaimed official state photographer in 1997 by then-governor George W. Bush) captures the limitless permutations of the Lone Star sky, from the serenity of cottony cumulus puffs to the bruising purple of a stormy…

Weeping Mary

Dec 1, 2006 By Mike Shea

Black-and-white is more than the chosen medium in WEEPING MARY, a photo essay about the tiny Texas town with this unusual name by  Texas Monthly contributing photographer O. RUFUS LOVETT. It’s also the unmentioned divide embodied by a white lensman’s documenting of a poor and predominantly black community. Lovett’s fine…

The Amazing Faith of Texas

Dec 1, 2006 By Mike Shea

Even cynics can find inspiration in THE AMAZING FAITH OF TEXAS, a surprisingly affecting survey of fifty Texans and their beliefs from GSD&M ad agency honcho ROY SPENCE. With brief interviews by Mike Blair and telling portraits by Randal Ford, these microbiographies delve into the creeds of Baptists, Buddhists, Baha’is,…

La Vida Brinca

Dec 1, 2006 By Mike Shea

If simplicity can be the hallmark of genius, BILL WITTLIFF earns a gold seal for the sepia-toned photos in  La Vida Brinca (“Life Jumps”). The Austinite, who is probably better known as the screenwriter of Lonesome Dove and The Perfect Storm than as a photographer, has turned a decade-long fascination…

Forest Whitaker

Dec 1, 2006 By Evan Smith

“What does it say about us as humans beings when we listen to leaders who lie to us and, as a result, thousands of people are killed?”


Books That Cook

Dec 1, 2006 By emilygerson

Organized by decade (1944—2000), this retro-styled cookbook created by the people at Texas Co-op Power magazine celebrates the combination of food and electricity. A preface written by Sandy Cohen, the curator of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, explains that by the mid-forties, electricity had finally reached most homes…

Freddy Boy

Dec 1, 2006 By Texas Monthly

Friends, admirers, and Texas musicians such as Augie Meyers and Ray Benson say good-bye to music legend and San Benito’s favorite son, Freddy Fender, who died October 14, 2006.

Crab Cakes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 pound fresh jumbo lump crab 1 cup mayo 2 tablespoons old bay 1/2 red pepper, roasted 1 teaspoon roasted garlic 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives salt and pepper to taste 2 ounces extra virgin olive…

Central 214

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

I don’t know about you, but every time I go out to eat, I say a little prayer to the kitchen gods: “Oh please, oh please, oh please, let there be something fabulous on the menu tonight.” Usually, however, the kitchen gods are out having a smoke in the alley…


Walk This Way

Dec 1, 2006 By Texas Monthly

I HAVE TO PROTEST your exclusion of what I consider one of the most magnificently beautiful areas of Texas from your “Take a Hike” article: the Panhandle [October 2006]. My father grew up in Vega, the county seat of Oldham County, 35 miles west of Amarillo. Anyone but a…

Around the State

Dec 1, 2006 By Texas Monthly

Jordan’s Pick Victorian Christmas Train Ride Palestine THERE YOU ARE, ALL BUNDLED UP, climbing aboard the Victorian Christmas Train Ride in East Texas with your loved ones. The antique locomotive picks up steam as you sip hot cider and warble, uninhibitedly, your favorite carols. With the verdant foliage of the…

Now Serving

Dec 1, 2006 By Evan Smith

THERE’S A CONTROVERSIAL WAR GOING ON, the aftermath of an election to mop up, the stock market rising, the price of oil falling, famine, pestilence—and our December cover story is about tacos? You bet. For as long as there’s been a Texas Monthly, the very best service journalism has had…