March 1984


Perfect Texas

Mar 1, 1984 By Peter Applebome

There’s no point in grousing about Texas’ minor shortcomings. Why not just roll up our sleeves and make it perfect once and for all?

At the Mercy of the Court

Mar 1, 1984 By Jim Atkinson

What do drunks, prostitutes, lunatics, and elevators have in common? They’re all part of the weird 24-hour-a-day world of the Dallas County courthouse.

In the Wings

Mar 1, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

Backstage at the Houston Ballet is a world of pastel shadows, brilliant spangles, and anxious waiting.


Classical Music
Who Needs Singers?

Mar 1, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

In conductor’s opera, each of the vocalists becomes just one more instrument in the musical ensemble.

I-10 On Ice

Mar 1, 1984 By Suzanne Winckler

In five hours on icy roads the author covered 35 miles and discovered the perils of driving in a state that is unprepared for real winter.

Big Oil Paranoia

Mar 1, 1984 By Joseph Nocera and Nicholas Lemann

Robert Sherrill’s Oil Follies of 1979-1980 leaves no detail unremarked in its effort to pin the blame on Big Oil; in Ronnie Dugger’s On Reagan the author is as unbending an ideologue as his subject is.

Mermaid Love

Mar 1, 1984 By James Wolcott

Ron Howard’s Splash is a refreshing frolic; Broadway Danny Rose gives us the old soft shoe; And the Ship Sails On is out to sea; Reuben, Reuben is a dark but funny double-decker.

Back in the Mood

Mar 1, 1984 By Doug Ramsey

A definitive Smithsonian Recordings collection sets a new standard for big band anthologies; other big band recordings prove that swing remains vibrantly alive.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Mar 1, 1984 By Paul Burka

Mesa gets an unwanted ally in its battle against Gulf; how to turn $100 million into $12 million; why 1984 is a good year for incumbents; the legal establishment takes aim at a controversial supreme court judge.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Mar 1, 1984 By Stephen Harrigan

Looking for the essence of Texas in El Paso, the soul of Dr. Red Duke in Houston, the secrets of status in Dallas, and a quirky West Texas empire in Balmorhea.