June 1997


Captions and Comments

May 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Left: Untitled, 1993. Right: Beware, 1994. The old stereotypes have only been repackaged, Charles says. Right: Clockwise from top left, four paintings from the Liberty Bros. Permanent Daily Circus series: Blue Period, 1995, Oop’s, 1995, Desperados Leap for Life, 1996, and Smiles, 1996. “I’m trying…

Out There

May 31, 1997 By Joe Nick Patoski

For seven days Rick McLaren and his armed cohorts were holed up in their Republic of Texas “embassy” while reporters dug for stories, lawmen kept watch, and the residents of nearby Fort Davis wished they’d all go away.

Sloane, Alone

May 31, 1997 By Mimi Swartz

Dallas’ Sloane Simpson was a society queen who enchanted New York, seduced Mexico City, and turned Acapulco into a jet-set getaway. But when she died last year at age eighty, she was almost completely forgotten.

Shock Therapy

May 31, 1997 By Michael Ennis

By employing stereotypes like Sambo and Aunt Jemima, Austin painter Michael Ray Charles hopes to master the art of racial healing.

The Curse of Romeo and Juliet

May 31, 1997 By Skip Hollandsworth

Frankie Mitchell and Janet Evans want to be together, but their families are feuding. It’s a story as old as Shakespeare—older, in fact, because they’re Gypsies, the children of two prominent Dallas clans, and ancient superstitions guide every aspect of their lives. Even love.

The Way We Wore

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

From buckskin to polyester, a look at 166 years of Texas fashion that doesn’t skirt the issues.

Nothing To It

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

Bolstered by his favorite phrase, my son Mark faced life with grace, dignity, and good humor. I knew he’d face death the same way.


CD and Book Reviews

May 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs The Horsies are an extremely unusual outfit, so it figures that the perverse, polymorphously percussive Austin combo’s second record, Touch Me Columbus, is only available on the relatively obscure Japanese label Benten (though some Texas record stores will be carrying it). A giddy three-man, three-woman band with five…

The New Welfare

May 31, 1997 By Helen Thorpe

A little-known financial institution could be the future of the war on poverty in Texas.

Topic A
Lights! Camera! No Action!

May 31, 1997 By Paul Burka

GEORGE W. BUSH may have the most power in the Capitol, but when it comes to power over the Capitol, he’s just number two. In one of the strangest rivalries of a contentious legislative session, the Texas Film Commission, an arm of the governor’s office, squared off against the State…

Uma Pemmaraju

May 31, 1997 By marykmoore

While she was still in high school, Uma Pemmaraju persuaded the editors of the San Antonio Express-News to let her write the weekly fishing report—even though she was, so to speak, out to sea on the subject. “I knew nothing about fishing,” she says. “I was basically calling around different…

War Rooms

May 31, 1997 By Robert Bryce

A massive buildup for Texas Tech University’s Vietnam archive.

The Ex Files
Jack Valenti

May 31, 1997 By Renee Boensch

When I got out of high school at three o’clock each day, I went to work giving away movie passes and hanging up posters in barbershops and drugstores for coming attractions at the Iris or the Texan or the Ritz theaters in downtown Houston. Unfortunately, when I graduated I didn’t…


May 31, 1997 By Jason Cohen

The state prison name game; Dallas alternative-country band the Old 97’s is feeling no depression.

Low Talk

May 31, 1997 By Evan Smith

That’s what Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall got on their recent trip to West Texas. West Texas retailers got it too.

In The Studio
Triumph of the Williams

May 31, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

After five years ex-Austinite Lucinda Williams’ follow-up to her 1992 CD Sweet Old World is finally kicking up dust. The album’s title, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (American Recordings), refers not to the sound of the Grammy award winner’s voice but to the cross-country travels that inspired such…


Sierra High

May 31, 1997 By Carol Flake

High in the Mexican mountains and only a day’s drive from Texas lies El Cielo, a stunning cloud forest where exotic birds soar but the temperature doesn’t.

My Front Nine

May 31, 1997 By Harry Hurt III

I grew up playing alongside some of the best Texas golfers of my generation. Then I started to lose my grip.

The Doctor Is In

May 31, 1997 By Joe Holley

For El Paso physician Abraham Verghese, writing about life and death in the age of AIDS is a prescription for literary success.


Last Page
Babe Didrikson

May 31, 1997 By Anne Dingus

Which sports did Babe Didrikson dominate, and in what Hepburn-Tracy film did she appear?

The Inside Story
Wore Stories

May 31, 1997 By Josh Daniel

For her history of Texas fashion (see “The Way We Wore”), senior editor Anne Dingus began with—who else?—Sam Houston. “He’s always a good place to start,” she says, “and he distinguished himself by being sartorially flamboyant.” Then, drawing on library research and her personal archive of vintage postcards, ads,…


High Tech Answer Man
Mutual Admiration

May 31, 1997 By Claire Poole

Investors are bullish about Houston’s AIM Management Company, whose mutual funds have been on target for two decades.


Sautéed Shrimp on Cannellini Beans

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Radicchio Walnut Salad 9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (preferably from Modena) 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup walnut halves 2 heads radicchio, coarsely chopped or torn 3 ounces Gorgonzola, finely crumbled salt and pepper to taste Whisk oil and vinegar until…