May 2002

Features

Driving Music

Apr 30, 2002 By Joe Nick Patoski

Sailor, the Steve Miller Band (Capitol) Return to the Wide Open Spaces, Live at the Caravan of Dreams featuring, among others, David “Fathead” Newman, Ellis Marsalis, and Cornell Dupree (Amazing) Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams (Mercury)…

Alternate Routes

Apr 30, 2002 By Joe Nick Patoski

South Padre Island to Rio Grande Valley International Airport, Harlingen, on Texas Highway 100 and FM 510 and 106 (33 miles) This narrow two-lane shortcut from the beach to the airport is one way to avoid the congestion and speed traps on U.S. 77. It slices through parts of…

Pretty Drives

Apr 30, 2002 By Joe Nick Patoski

Presidio to Lajitas on FM 170 (50 miles) At first El Camino del Rio dips and winds along the Rio Grande through a maze of low, dry arroyos framed by bare lunar landscapes. Before long, the West Texas sky looms so large that it practically swallows the road. The…

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Dallas Is Better Than Houston [February 1978]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

TRY TO REMEMBER, BILL, Hell and Houston both begin with a h. —letter from a 19th-century visitor I wish I’d said it first, but I can’t say it any better. It still begins with a h. Houston today is a dozen cities, and you couldn’t give me any…

Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Shoulder

Apr 30, 2002 By Patricia Sharpe

Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Shoulder one 4- to 5-pound pork butt or shoulder roast The South Shall Rub Again [see below] Memphis Mop, optional [see below] Tennessee-Style Barbecue Sauce [see below] 8 to 10 sandwich buns, optional Red pepper sauce, such as Tabasco or Texas Pete,…

God’s Country [November 1975]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP there in the Thirties and Forties, Abilene was a one-industry town: God. God met the biggest payroll and He was the local real estate magnate. Besides owning the fifty church buildings and employing the people in them, He held title to the three institutions of…

The Highland Park Woman [April 1976]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

THE HIGHLAND PARK WOMAN is thirty-two or thirty-three. She says she honestly forgets sometimes. She’s not particularly afraid to tell her age (she’s not that old) but she seldom does. It’s not really necessary: a ten-year-old son in St. Mark’s and a seven-year-old daughter in Lamplighter, three bedrooms and three…

Driving Directions

Apr 30, 2002 By Texas Monthly

Directions for driving from Galveston to Corpus Christi From Galveston take FM 3005 to San Luis Pass, where you will pay $2 to cross the toll bridge. Continue south on Blue Water Highway to Surfside. Turn right on Texas Highway 332 North and cross the bridge to Freeport. Take…

Jesus and Mead’s Fine Bread [May 1983]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

WHEN UPON LIFE’S BILLOWS you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost . . . Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly, And you will be singing as the days go by. — “Count Your Blessings” My first check as a radio…

Sharp Shooter

Apr 30, 2002 By John Morthland

Richard Young knows it takes a lot of practice—and a little natural ability—to be a proficient cowboy action-shooter.

Old Times [November 1987]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

WHY IS IT YOU NEVER REMEMBER the good things about certain jobs, only the bad—and yet the sweetest times, the days of your life you think you’d rather live over, are those seasons when salaries were lowest, the bosses were cruelest, your fellow workers were the most problematic? I spent…

Upwardly Mogul [November 1976]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

THREE YEARS AGO ANYBODY in the business could describe a Texas movie producer for you: loud talking, fast moving (white Eldorado), Frye boots, and a rodeo shirt to match his California girl friend’s; born in Brooklyn (where else?), with two quickies to his credit—one that four-walled Waco, Temple, and died,…

Why Dallas? [December 1973]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

A RIVER BEGAN IT. Sluggish in summer, scant. A red and awesome terror in a wet spring. Too much river . . . or not enough. Called Daycoa by some Indians, Arkikosa by others, in 1690 Alonso de Leon, a Mexican-born officer of the Spanish crown, bestowed its modern name:…

On the Road

Apr 30, 2002 By Texas Monthly

Senior editor Michael Hall, who wrote about Arnold "Pee Wee" Kornegay, and others tell the story behind this month's cover story, "Drive, We Said."

Road Rules

Apr 30, 2002 By Patricia McConnico

If you need a refresher course on the basic courtesies of driving—both in the city and on the highway—here are ten tips that will keep you in the fast lane.

Bookshelf

Apr 30, 2002 By Patricia Sharpe

‘Cue Up The Smoke Gods are smiling: May marks the publication of two barbecue cookbooks by Texas authors. The best metaphor for Dotty Griffith’s book, Celebrating Barbecue: The Ultimate Guide to America’s 4 Regional Styles of ‘Cue (Simon and Schuster), is a savory four-meat platter. The…

Primary Flavors

Apr 30, 2002 By Jennifer Olsen

Banh, the Bomb Wondering where to find a bánh mì, the small, tasty Vietnamese sandwich you’ve been hearing about lately? It’s gaining a following among folks outside the Asian community. Typically served on a split, toasted baguette, this morsel is spread with mayonnaise and pork pté and then piled with…

The Fifty Best Texas Books [August 1981]

Apr 30, 2002 By A. C. Greene

THESE ARE MY CHOICES FOR the fifty best Texas books. I would like to emphasize that these are the best books about Texas. By that I mean Texas is their main subject or, in the case of fiction and biography, their chief setting. They are not the best books written…

Blowfish

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Fishing Expedition Blowfish is blowing my mind. I’m sitting in this jazzy, five-month-old sushi bar in an Arlington strip center looking at a menu that’s as up-to-date as anything in Dallas or Houston. You want pure raw fish? A wide array is offered—tuna, yellowtail, eel, conch, plus specials like Hawaiian…

Miscellany

Columns

Giant

Apr 30, 2002 By Don Graham

Master of the Senate, Robert Caro's third volume on the life of Lyndon Johnson, is an exhaustive study of power, persuasion, and private parts.

Right Makes Might

Apr 30, 2002 By Patricia Hart

After a conservative think tank used its clout to help scuttle a science textbook, some Republicans declared victory. The rest declared war.

Moving Pictures

Apr 30, 2002 By Michael Ennis

At Houston's FotoFest 2002, digital art took center stage as never before-and proved that the Next Big Thing might really be the next big thing.

Cold Comfort

Apr 30, 2002 By Anne Dingus

Texans turn to Dairy Queen for more than just Hungr-Busters, Steak Finger Country Baskets, and Blizzards. They also come for a taste of days gone by.

Reporter

Around the State

A Great Weekend In Houston

Apr 30, 2002 By Eileen Schwartz

Treat Your Mama Right If Mom is an arts lover, then your search for the perfect Mother’s Day gift is over: Treat her to a weekend in Houston. You wouldn’t want to subject her to the inevitable Friday afternoon traffic, so arrive Thursday, May 9, and enjoy a stroll around…

Dance

Apr 30, 2002 By Patricia McConnico

All the Right Moves For someone who grew up studying classical ballet, modern dance seems foreign to me. Where are the outward foot positions? The high jumps? Of course, ballet and modern share some of the same principles, and this month you can see moves that reflect both traditions. In…

Straight Talk

Apr 30, 2002 By Brian D. Sweany

MODEL ATHLETE LISA LESLIE, the starting center for the defending world champion Los Angeles Sparks, sashays into the Compaq Center on May 27 to play in the Houston Comets’ season opener. First of all, let me congratulate you on winning the WNBA title. Thanks. It’s a pretty great feeling.

Fine Art

Apr 30, 2002 By Katy Vine

The Awakening Unlike Houston, whose thriving art market allows its artists to live in the Bayou City and sell globally, Austin has always had a tough time cultivating a reputation with dealers as a serious visual-art town. Before the high-tech economic boom, Austin artists complained that nobody bought art in…