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January 2009

Features

Children of the Storm

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

After Hurricane Katrina, Rhonda Tavey selflessly opened her Houston home to a New Orleans evacuee and five of her children. She fed the kids, bathed them, and grew to love them so much that when their mother tried to take them back to Louisiana, she wouldn’t let them go.

Holding Garmsir

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

Fighting the Taliban, the 130-degree heat, the boredom, the homesickness, and the weight of history with the Marines of Mustang Platoon in Afghanistan.

The 2009 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

It was a year of abbreviated Aggies, bamboozling boxers, charged Cuban, dumb district attorneys, estrogen-packed elevators, famished firemen, graveyard ganja, half-wit husbands, imaginary illegal immigrants, Jessica jests, koncert kayos, lawn-watering Lance, muddled Moron, next-of-kin-offending newspapers, oblivious operators, pornographic prom dresses, questionable quiz takers, repulsive Roger, stolen shih tzus, tasteless team spirit, useless urine, victimized valedictorians, waning W., x-traneous Xmas trees, yelping Yahoo, and zany zoophiles.

Web

Crossing the Line

Jan 1, 2009 By Pamela Colloff

The facts of this case are quite simple. Two Border Patrol agents shot at an unarmed man as he was running away from them. And then, they covered it up.

Legalize It?

Jan 1, 2009 By Katy Vine

The El Paso City Council may override the mayor’s veto to create a debate on the current U.S. drug policies. In these interviews, the mayor, council members, and others explain their views.

Roasted Sea Bass

Jan 1, 2009 By Texas Monthly

6 eight-ounce sea bass filets salt and pepper to taste flour as needed 6 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons scallions, sliced 3 tablespoons garlic, sliced 3 ounces white wine 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 ounces fish stock Season…

Rotisserie Roasted Chicken Flatbread

Jan 1, 2009 By Texas Monthly

1 pizza shell, free form about 7 inches (see recipe below) 2 to 3 ounces basil pesto (see recipe below) 2 tablespoons green chiles, roasted, peeled, and seeded 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced 3 ounces rotisserie roasted chicken, pulled 2 tablespoons Pepper Jack cheese, shredded…

The Science of Murder

Jan 1, 2009 By Michael Hall

Someone killed Melissa Trotter and dumped her body in the Sam Houston National Forest. But according to six forensic experts, that someone was not Larry Swearingen.

Robb Walsh

Jan 1, 2009 By Mike Shea

Sex, Death & Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover’s World Tour captures the Houston food writer at his best, offering culinary insight, scientific fact, and offbeat humor as he travels the globe in search of the truth about oysters (including their alleged resemblance to the female anatomy and occasional fatal effects). His…

Erika Wennerstrom

Jan 1, 2009 By Jeff McCord

The 31-year-old leader of the Ohio-based band the Heartless Bastards—which earned critical praise for the albums Stairs and Elevators and All This Time and toured with Wilco and Lucinda Williams—disbanded her three-member group and relocated to Austin in 2007. The vocalist and guitarist has now assembled a new lineup (bassist…

Bar Steak Sandwich

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Blue Cheese and Garlic Mayo 4 garlic cloves, roasted (see For Roasted Garlic recipe below) 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise fresh lemon juice to taste kosher salt to taste For Roasted Garlic Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel 4 cloves of fresh garlic.

Reporter

Chad Jistel, Locomotive Engineer

Jan 1, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Jistel was born and raised in Austin and has worked for Union Pacific Railroad for fifteen years. He lives in Austin but commutes to depots in San Antonio and Taylor, where he runs freight trains to cities across the state. I grew up going to the depot in Giddings with…

Erika Wennerstrom

Jan 1, 2009 By Jeff McCord

The 31-year-old leader of the Ohio-based band the Heartless Bastards—which earned critical praise for the albums Stairs and Elevators< and All This Time and toured with Wilco and Lucinda Williams—disbanded her three-member group and relocated to Austin in 2007. The vocalist and guitarist has now assembled a new lineup (bassist…

Matter and Light

Jan 1, 2009 By Jeff McCord

Everywhere in indie rock, from the hushed voice of Dripping Springs’ Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) to the arranged pop of Denton’s Robert Gomez, or even beyond our borders to Midwest wunderkind Sufjan Stevens, it has become cool to turn it down. There have always been practitioners of what was…

Haymaker!

Jan 1, 2009 By Jeff McCord

Their country roots music is as welcoming as a pair of old slippers, but on closer inspection, you find the slippers are full of boiled squash. If that imagery is strange, it’s at least in keeping with the Gourds, who have spent the past fifteen years mining such weird…

Seasoned Wood

Jan 1, 2009 By Jeff McCord

In jazz, those lacking a distinctive style can often go unnoticed. Dallas-born Cedar Walton is neither a barrelhouse-blues roller nor an edgy avant-gardist, but the pianist-composer, who turns 75 this month, possesses workmanlike skills and an innate musicality that has never dimmed. If that sounds, well, boring, his evolution…

Robb Walsh

Jan 1, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Sex, Death & Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover’s World Tour captures the Houston food writer at his best, offering culinary insight, scientific fact, and offbeat humor as he travels the globe in search of the truth about oysters (including their alleged resemblance to the female anatomy and occasional fatal effects). His…

We Agreed to Meet Just Here

Jan 1, 2009 By Mike Shea

A sense of imminent and unskirtable dread hangs like woodsmoke over Texas native Scott Blackwood’s finely wrought first novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here. Not for the chronically depressed, it is a downbeat parable about life in a middle-class Austin whose residents were born under the proverbial…

Sheila Jackson Lee

Jan 1, 2009 By Evan Smith

“When his political people run the numbers, they see a different Texas, an emerging Texas. One that includes some of our more-conservative elements—God bless them, I respect them—but younger Texans as well. A Texas that is looking for change.”

How to Rope a Calf

Jan 1, 2009 By Andrea Valdez

The Rationale Ask a ranch hand how to tell if someone’s a good cowboy and he’ll say the proof is in his lassoing. The rope has always been “the long arm of the cowboy,” writes Midland native John R. Erickson in Catch Rope. Though roping began on the ranch as…

Columns

Miscellany

Texas Vexes

Jan 1, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Your story concerning Longhorn athletics really brought back memories [“Come Early. Be Loud. Cash In,” November 2008]. I remembered how my wife and I struggled for eight years to put our two children through the University of Texas, scrimping and practicing the frugality learned in our careers as educators…

The E Decade

Jan 1, 2009 By Jake Silverstein

With this issue we begin the final year of the Aughts, also known as the Two Thousands, the Zeros, the Naughts, the Ohs, the Oh-ohs, or, as seems recently to be the case, the Oh-nos. Before long we’ll be heading into the Tweens, trying to make sense of the…