July 2000

Features

Capital Murder

Jun 30, 2000 By Skip Hollandsworth

In a year-long spree that began in late 1884, Texas’ first serial killer butchered seven women and one man in Austin. More than a century later questions about his identity and his motive remain unanswered.

How W. Can Lose

Jun 30, 2000 By Evan Smith

What are George Bush’s weaknesses as he heads into the fall campaign? We asked six Texas Democrats— a former governor, a former lieutenant governor, two wannabes, and two wiseacre pundits—to make the case against him. They pulled no punches.

How W. Can Win

Jun 30, 2000 By Paul Burka

The first test was whether primary voters thought he had what it takes to be president. It was touch and go for a while, but he passed. Now George W. Bush has to get the rest of the country on his side. An inside look at his plan for doing precisely that.

The Anti-Tiger

Jun 30, 2000 By Michael DiLeo

He’d like to just do it—but for Dallas native Justin Leonard to reclaim his spot in pro golf’s upper echelon, he’ll have to workeven harder than you know who.

Franco File

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

The best French restaurant in Texas is in San Antonio? Mais oui. And around the state, there are others that are très bon as well.

Whatabusiness!

Jan 20, 2013 By markmazzetti

On the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Whataburger, we sink our teeth into the fast-food chain’s lore. And, no, we don’t want fries with that.

Biz

Gordon Bethune

Jun 30, 2000 By Patricia McConnico

I was in the Navy, and by default, I got promoted to petty officer second class. I supervised the second shift, which worked from seven at night to seven in the morning. We were airplane mechanics, but I was in charge. I had to get these other eight guys to…

Reporter

Peep Show

Jun 30, 2000 By Andy Langer

Austin’s Goudie has built a reputation for melodic pop, but its major-label debut is surprisingly rock: Peep Show wallows in thick walls of guitar and arrangements constantly on the verge of collapse. While it’s not the kind of bombast you’d expect on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich’s Elektra imprint, rarely do…

Dallas Alley Drag

Jun 30, 2000 By John Morthland

In the history of Texas blues the glory often went to the guitar players, but this collection of twenties and thirties blues, rags, and stomps proves they weren’t the only show in town. Playing rolling bass underpinnings with their left hand and rocking lead lines with their right, the Dallas…

Red River

Jun 30, 2000 By Luann Williams

You’d probably never call Knife in the Water’s music “country,” but it certainly evokes country music in the sense that it takes painful and melancholy experiences and turns them into something strangely beautiful. Red River is the Austin quintet’s second release, ten moody and meandering tunes that wash together with…

Transcendental Blues

Jun 30, 2000 By John Spong

In the fourteen years since Steve Earle released his debut LP, Guitar Town, and carved “Dwight Yoakam Eats Sushi” into an elevator wall at MCA-Nashville, he has given a generation of songwriters the courage to buck the Nashville suits. But somewhere in Earle’s well-documented war with authority (a dollar for…

The Special Prisoner

Jun 30, 2000 By Mike Shea

In Japanese POW camps in World War II, American airmen were designated as “special prisoners,” but the title of Jim Lehrer’s novel The Special Prisoner (Random House) refers to septuagenarian Bishop John Quincy Watson of San Antonio. Fifty years after he endured a horrific imprisonment in Camp Sengei 4, Watson…

The Complete Science Fiction Sessions. Sessions Skies of America

Jun 30, 2000 By Jeff McCord

After disbanding his precedent-setting quartet in 1961, Ornette Coleman spent the decade releasing sporadic and stylistically varied recordings. Hamstrung by low budgets and an apparent artistic funk, the Fort Worth native’s work rarely achieved its earlier brilliance. In 1971, when Tony Orlando ruled the airwaves, Coleman signed with Columbia Records…

It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

Jun 30, 2000 By Mike Shea

Two Lance Armstrongs can be found in the Austinite’s self-reflection, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). There’s Fairy Tale Lance—the cyclist who survives cancer to win bike racing’s greatest prize, the Tour de France. And there’s Lance the Id—the still-young man struggling…

Hot Books

Jun 30, 2000 By Anne Dingus

If time, money, or other constraints prevent you from answering the call of the open road this summer, you can still take a long trip—at least vicariously—with Larry McMurtry. Roads, his latest effort, is a look at America’s highways, and in a way, a larger-scale version of In a Narrow…

Columns

E’er Heads

Jun 30, 2000 By Anne Dingus

I think, therefore iamb: My personal tour of the history of bad Texas poetry, from best to versed, prose to cons.

Vocal Heroes

Jun 30, 2000 By Jim Atkinson

The doctors at Abilene’s Voice Institute of West Texas can treat all manner of problems with the way you talk? Speech, speech!

Easy Writer

Jun 30, 2000 By Alison Macor

In Rosanky, Texas (pop: 210), far from the pressures of Hollywood, screenwriter-director Tim McCanlies thrives.

On the Fringe

Jun 30, 2000 By John Morthland

You might have thought Waco’s Hank Thompson, a forebear of today’s alt-country scene, was dead and gone. But faster than you can say “No Depression,” he’s back, and even at 74, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Miscellany

Around the State

Jun 30, 2000 By Texas Monthly

The Victoria Bach Festival celebrates 25 years with a Passion. Plus: Cyclists in Beeville ride the highway to Hell; museums in Fort Worth and Houston roll out the red carpet; theaters in Austin and Houston go Topsy-Turvy; and Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, and Terri Hendrix keep their cool in Conroe.

Web

Very Lemon Tarts

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Tartelettes aux Citron Very Lemon Tarts Lemon Crust 1/2 pound flour 2 tablespoons sugar zest of 2 lemons, finely grated 1/2 pound chilled unsalted butter, cut in pea-size chunks 2 drops pure lemon oil (or 4 drops of an oil-based lemon flavoring) 2 to…

Rabbit With Green Olives

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Café Perrier, Houston Rabbit With Green Olives (Lapin aux Olives Vertes) 1 fresh rabbit (2 to 3 pounds) or chicken, cut into 7 or 8 pieces salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped 1…

Lemon-Basil Risotto With Diver Scallops

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Risotto 5 cups fish or chicken stock 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 shallots, peeled and minced 1 small stalk celery, minced 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery leaf 1 1/2 cups carnaroli or arborio rice 1/3 cup dry vermouth 1/4 cup unsalted butter…

Crispy Veal Sweetbreads With Truffle Oil

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Ris de Veau à L’Huile de Truffe (Crispy Veal Sweetbreads With Truffle Oil) 1 pound veal sweetbreads bouquet garni (composed of some celery leaves, parsley stems, carrot greens, 2 bay leaves, a sprig of thyme, and a couple of whole cloves, in a small cheesecloth bag tied with string)…