February 2001


Bill Wittliff at his west Austin home with his dog, Ocho.
The Talented Mr. Wittliff

Feb 1, 2001 By Skip Hollandsworth

Can a savvy Hollywood dealmaker also be as down-home and unassuming as an old shoe? He can if he's Austin's Bill Wittliff, an award-winning screenwriter, an accomplished photographer, a collector with a passion for the past—in short, the nicest Renaissance man you'll ever meet.

Love and War in Cyberspace

Feb 1, 2001 By Katy Vine

Brandon and Denise were not like other people. They were smarter, more introverted. They adored computers, playing games online at three in the morning with people in Finland. When they and other hard-core techies moved to Walden, a Houston apartment complex with the fastest residential Internet connection in the world, it seemed like a wired paradise. For a while, it was.

The Whole Shootin’ Match

Feb 1, 2001 By Gary Cartwright

The most famous bank-robbing lovers of all time weren't nearly as glamorous as Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. Although the fragile, pretty Bonnie Parker had her good points, Clyde Barrow was a scrawny, two-timing psychopath. They were straight out of a country and western ballad. And when they died in a hail of bullets 66 years ago, their legend was born.

The Widow’s Pique

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

In Lubbock they call her the "Spanish Yoko Ono," and María Elena Holly, Buddy Holly’s widow, has always had a troubled relationship with his conservative hometown. Some folks rave on that it’s her greed that has killed the city’s Buddy Holly Music Festival. But it’s more complicated than that.


Book Review
James Hynes

Feb 1, 2001 By Mike Shea

The ivy-covered halls of higher learning are neither hallowed nor hushed in The Lecturer’s Tale, Austinite James Hynes’s wicked satire of high and low professorial ambitions at a fictitiously renowned university in Minnesota. Rather this tale of underachiever Nelson Humboldt—newly cashiered from his lecturer’s position—noisily flays the school’s oddball faculty…

Music Review
Will Sexton

Feb 1, 2001 By Joe Nick Patoski

Ever since I first saw them perform together at the ages of six and eight, Will Sexton has operated in the shadow of his older, more famous brother, Charlie. That’s a shame, considering that Will’s music has historically stayed closer to their roots; when Charlie was a sixteen-year-old Hollywood teen…

Book Review
David Searcy

Feb 1, 2001 By Anne Dingus

Gardening won’t seem like such an innocent pastime after you read this first novel by Dallasite David Searcy, which gives the term “stalking” a nasty new horticultural slant. An elderly Walter Mitty- esque widower, afret over a gopher invasion that has threatened his pride-and-joy roses, orders some exotic flora guaranteed…

Music Review
Jeb Loy Nichols

Feb 1, 2001 By Jeff McCord

Right away, the tone is set. “Come on over to my yard, sit around and let your troubles all disappear,” beckons Jeb Loy Nichols on the lead track of his new CD. His songs never break a sweat, and their comforts are as inviting as an empty hammock on a…

Around the State
Around the State

Feb 1, 2001 By Patricia McConnico, Eileen Schwartz and Katy Vine

From ballet to boot-scootin', Houston offers up a great weekend. Plus: Austin and Dallas put artists on display; Galveston gets fat; San Antonio hits an operatic high note; and the San Antonio CineFestival focuses in on the films of Efrain Gutierrez.

Music Review
Leslie Satcher

Feb 1, 2001 By John Morthland

This Paris native’s debut album hopes to have it both ways, and it sometimes succeeds. Like most Nashville-based singers, her voice is largely twang-free, suited for pop as much as country, but it’s undeniably intimate. Producer Luke Wooten provides a typically radio-friendly, drum-heavy sound that would also be the Music…

Music Review
Double Trouble

Feb 1, 2001 By Andy Langer

As Double Trouble, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton have been everything a classic rhythm section should be: tasteful, selfless, and steady. It’s been enough to not only inspire countless Stevie Ray Vaughanabees but also warrant their own album and more than a dozen high-profile admirers to play on…

Music Review

Feb 1, 2001 By Jason Cohen

What doesn’t kill Spoon makes it stronger. After seven years, an indeterminate number of bassists, and as much luck with the record biz as the Democrats had with Florida, the Austin combo hits the high-water mark with this tense, graceful, spike-pop jewel. Spoon already enjoys an in-the-know following, but Girls…

Texas Primer
King Vidor

Feb 1, 2001 By Anne Dingus

What Galveston native filmed the black and white scenes in The Wizard of Oz?


Unnatural Habitat

Feb 1, 2001 By Patricia Sharpe

Noah's Land—an exotic-animal park and petting zoo near Bastrop—is underfinanced, and its staff is overwhelmed. As if that weren't enough, it's also under investigation for possible animal neglect.

Drew Carries On

Feb 1, 2001 By Jordan Mackay -- DUPE

Sixteen years after a car crash ended his football career, former Cowboys star Drew Pearson is a team player again—in the XFL.

Hot Doug

Feb 1, 2001 By Katy Vine

Critics praise him. Woody Allen loves him. And no one does a better Truman Capote. Meet Midland's Douglas McGrath, a writer-director who's ready to take center stage with his role in a new movie.


Spinach Salad and Pancetta Vinaigrette

Feb 1, 2001 By Texas Monthly

1/4 cup minced pancetta (Italian bacon) 1 shallot, minced 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste…

Book Excerpt
Lecturer’s Tale

Feb 1, 2001 By Texas Monthly

Copyright © 2001 by James Hynes. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address Picador USA, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY…

Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake

Feb 1, 2001 By Texas Monthly

Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake 2 pounds cream cheese 1 1/4 cup sugar 4 large eggs 1/4 cup cream 1/4 cup sour cream 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream Preheat oven to 350F. In a standing mixer cream the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, continuously…

Web Exclusive
Where’s Walden

Feb 1, 2001 By Katy Vine

Assistant editor Katy Vine reveals what it was like to live for a week at Walden, an apartment complex in Houston that has the fastest residential Internet connection in the world. (See "Love and War in Cyberspace".)

Book Excerpt
David Searcy

Feb 1, 2001 By Texas Monthly

Chapter One Here’s a horror story for you. An old fellow, a widower about seventy years old, lives alone in an aging tract house in one of those extended tract house neighborhoods that, given twenty or thirty years to mellow, lose none of their bleakness but gain some comfort from…

Book Excerpt
The Perfect Sonya

Feb 1, 2001 By Texas Monthly

Chapter One The bear was huge. Reared up on its hind legs, it loomed over her, beyond feet and inches, a dreamlike presence which did not yield to common measure: dark, still, more like the shadow of something larger than she might ever have imagined than a real bear. Pauline…

Crabmeat-Crusted Sea Bass With Wilted Spinach Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Sea Bass in Crabmeat Crust 1/2 cup shredded crabmeat, cleaned of shell 1/4 cup grated fresh horseradish 1/4 cup breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper 2 tablespoons minced yellow bell pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons mayonnaise salt and pepper to…


Tech Texas
Web Gumshoes

Feb 1, 2001 By Gary Chapman

The state attorney general's office takes a bite out of cybercrime.

Biz Feature

Feb 1, 2001 By S. C. Gwynne

Why Austin's Garden.com went to seed.


Basketball Diary
Basketball Diary

Feb 1, 2001 By Jordan Mackay

This is the ninth and final installment of a series of updates on the Dallas Mavericks season.