May 2001 Issue

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Daddy’s Little Girl

LeAnn Rimes was a marshmallow-cheeked thirteen-year-old when she made it big. Now, five years later, she is locked in bitter legal battles with both her estranged father and her Nashville record company, and her life and career are collapsing around her. Can America's country princess get back on track?



Field Work

Andrew Lichtenstein spent six years taking pictures inside Texas' vast prison system. The result is an anthropological study of a brutal culture.

The Second Battle of Goliad

In March 1836, 342 men fighting for Texas independence surrendered to Mexican general José de Urrea. A week later they were shot on orders of Santa Anna. Was it a massacre, as generations of schoolchildren have been taught, or an execution? The question has divided a historic Texas town.

Writers Bloc

What did Graham Greene observe about crossing the border into Mexico in 1938? Would you believe Molly Ivins was born in California? Here are my picks for the fifty greatest literary moments in Texas, plus a roster of leading lights who are from here—and some who aren't.



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Turning Twenty

How San Antonio's Tejano Conjunto Festival celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a photo exhibit and a new book.

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My Friend Willie

Larry L. King tells what he liked most about Willie Morris, what kind of editor he was to work for, and the one word he would use to describe him.

Pat's Pick


The only fish you can’t eat at Pesce are the sensuous subjects of the still lifes on the walls and the gaudy tropical inhabitants of the big aquarium by the door. If you want to occupy the center stage at this smart Houston seafood house (3029 Kirby), grab a perch


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Food and Drink

Slush Fun

Raise your glass to Dallas' Mariano Martinez, Jr., whose frozen margarita machine changed happy hour forever.


The Reign of Spain

If you're searching for the splendor of Spain's golden age, look no further than the Meadows Museum in Dallas and the Alamo in San Antonio.


Tapped Out

After more than a century of operation, it's last call at San Antonio's Pearl brewery.


Urban Renewal

No one considers Dallas a hot getaway for Memorial Day weekend. That's exactly the point.


Party Poopers

Two powerful Republicans are in charge of redistricting this session, but that doesn't mean they're out to get the Democrats.


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