June 2000


The Evolutionary

May 31, 2000 By Karen Olsson

What do you do when you win a $295,000 MacArthur “genius” grant? If you’re biologist David Hillis, you keep teaching at the University of Texas as if nothing happened, and you keep chasing frogs.

We want some texas history—but not a history lesson.

May 31, 2000 By Texas Monthly

After spending the night in the Quarters at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, I’m sitting on the northwest bastion of the presidio, sipping coffee and staring down the muzzle of one of Colonel James Fannin’s cannons. Across the courtyard, the sun rises behind the eighteenth-century Our Lady of…

The Meating

May 31, 2000 By John Morthland

Three friends, seven years, untold pounds of barbecue pork chops and prime rib, and a single tradition that elevates the experience above mere food.

We’re stressed out. Where can we get away from it all?

May 31, 2000 By Texas Monthly

For a restful weekend retreat, it would be hard to top the Red Corral Ranch. The rambling 1,100-acre spread—which lies halfway between Wimberley and Blanco in one of the prettiest and most solitary stretches of the Hill Country—boasts an organic farm, nature trails, and an abundance of wildlife.

We’d like to get out of the city and still eat well.

May 31, 2000 By Texas Monthly

At least one morning of your stay at the Inn Above Onion Creek, get up early and walk a few hundred yards to the overlook. The air will be cool and the grass spangled with tiny wildflowers; foraging cottontails will freeze as you pass. Your reward will be…

We’re looking for a wonderful boutique hotel for an urban getaway.

May 31, 2000 By Texas Monthly

There is no better way to experience the hipper side of Austin than by staying at the recently renovated San José Hotel, located about half a mile south of downtown on thriving South Congress Avenue. The San José is nestled among the city’s better vintage-clothing and kitschy antiques…

We want to get back to nature but we don’t want to sleep on the ground.

May 31, 2000 By Texas Monthly

On the delightfully isolated north shore of Lake Buchanan, the biggest and least populated of the Highland Lakes upstream of Austin, you’ll find Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park. Texas’ first large, publicly developed eco-resort, it opened last fall as a partnership between the Presidian Corporation…

Great Escapes: Points of Interest

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Alamo Village, 7 miles north of Brackettville on FM 674 (830-563-2580; www.alamovillage.com) Alibates National Monument, 419 E. Broadway, Fritch (806-857-3151; www.nps.gov/alfl) Alley Oop Fantasyland Park, 1000 Parkside (on the west side of town), Iraan Barnard’s Mill Art Museum, 307 SW Barnard Street, Glen Rose (254-897-7494) Big…

Great Escapes: Lodging

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Austin Street Retreat, 408 W. Austin Street (one block north of Main), Fredericksburg (830-997-5612, fax 830-997-8282; www.fbglodging.com). Double occupancy $125 (breakfast not included). No telephones in some rooms; no televisions; hot tubs with handheld showers only. Children allowed in Maria’s only. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS,…

The Case Against John Cornyn

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

If it pleases the court, the question before you is whether the attorney general of Texas has served his constituents or, as his critics charge, only his own political interests. What is your verdict?

John O’Quinn Objects

Jan 20, 2013 By Evan Smith

“When a corporation does something that results in the death of people, what prison do you put them in?” asks the plantiffs lawyer Texas business loves to hate, and he’s just getting warmed up.


Book Review
World of Pies

May 31, 2000 By Anne Dingus

Some authors dream up bizarre murders and other aberrations to thicken their plots. World of Pies proves that even the simplest of stories can leave readers fully satisfied. The first novel by Austinite Karen Stolz, World of Pies is about coming of age in a small Texas town—specifically…

Music Review
Figure 8

May 31, 2000 By Jeff McCord

In recent years Elliott Smith has owned up to his fear of playing the kind of music he wanted. A bit of a mope, Smith avoids discussing his Dallas boyhood and has veiled much of his earlier work in an obtuse cloud of hipness, resulting in pop Chinese food. Yet…

Music Review
Live At Antone’s

May 31, 2000 By Luann Williams

It’s the beginning of a new decade, so like clockwork, it must be time for a new Joe Ely live album. Live Shots (1980) chronicled his tour with the Clash; Live At Liberty Lunch (1990) was a career snapshot that captured the power of his performances. Live At Antone’s, a…

Music Review
Places in Between

May 31, 2000 By Joe Nick Patoski

Visualize Sheryl Crow in overalls, or maybe Ani Difranco with a down-home Texas perspective: that’s Terri Hendrix, the singer-songwriter-entrepreneur-czarina, in a nutshell. Born and raised in San Antonio and now living in San Marcos, Hendrix is a walking advertisement for sunny confidence and boundless enthusiasm, qualities that she’s been polishing…

Music Review
Greyhound Blues

May 31, 2000 By John Morthland

If not for this CD, which was recorded last year, most Texans would never have been aware of Beaumont’s Ervin Charles, who died on April 1 at age 68 with little more than two credits on 1999’s Lone Star Shootout CD to show for a storied, fifty-year career. The ferocious…

Music Review
All the Falsest Hearts Can Try

May 31, 2000 By Jason Cohen

If you haven’t heard of Centro-matic, it’s certainly not for lack of effort on the group’s part. All the Falsest Hearts Can Try is the Denton band’s third CD in little more than a year; it dates back to a 1998 recording session that produced more than sixty songs, completing…

Book Review

May 31, 2000 By Mike Shea

As a novelist, Austin’s R. J. Pineiro is a great computer engineer—but that’s not necessarily bad since his thriller Shutdown (Forge) relies on his knowledge of chip manufacturing. You wonder, though, if Texas Instruments expected its chip to be blamed for a fictional train crash that tosses 164…

Book Review

May 31, 2000 By Mike Shea

“It doesn’t get any better than this” is the motto that graces the entrance to Stewart Beach Amusement Park in Lubbock native Sean Stewart’s phantasmagorical Galveston (Ace Fantasy). But during Mardi Gras 2004, those words acquire droll irony after a tidal wave of magic inundates the Island and wreaks insidious…


Winter in L.A.

May 31, 2000 By joelreese

Whether coaching the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles or leading the Lakers to their best record in years, Phil Jackson has had one constant: Wellington native Tex Winter at his side.

Chaps Schtick

May 31, 2000 By Katy Vine

How Lubbock’s Legendary Stardust Cowboy stays legendary after all these years.

Out Man In

May 31, 2000 By Patricia Hart

UT regents want their next chancellor to be an academic? Whatever. At Texas Tech, a politician is the one in charge, and he's more than making the grade.

Rx for Trouble

May 31, 2000 By Alexandra Biesada

As surgeon general—the nation’s top doctor— C. Everett Koop was much beloved and undeniably respected. So why is the Web site that bears his name in such disarray?


Around the State
Around the State

May 31, 2000 By Texas Monthly

Those jeans! That hat! George Strait returns to Dallas and Houston. Plus: Wichita Falls heats up the gridiron; San Antonio discovers Lebanese kibbe; Round Top sings James Dick's praises; and the Houston Comets tip off.

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Will you enjoy the wrapped sea bass at San Antonio's Biga on the Banks? That depends on how you filo.


How I Made It
Katherine Hammer

May 31, 2000 By Patricia McConnico

I didn’t really get academia. I liked teaching, but I wasn’t a good scholar. I like to connect a lot of different things and drive a strategy, and that’s not what most scholarship is about. Most scholarship is about having absolute depth in one or two areas and pushing…


Filo-Wrapped Sea Bass

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Filo-Wrapped Sea Bass on Mustard-Braised Leeks Tomato Jam 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 pinch each of cinnamon, cloves, and cumin 1 twelve-ounce can tomatoes, drained, seeded, and chopped 1 tablespoon honey Cook sugar, vinegar and spices for about a minute. Add tomatoes,…