May 2007

Features

Sins of Commission

Apr 30, 2007 By Nate Blakeslee

There are plenty of people to blame for the latest shock-inducing juvenile corrections scandal, beginning with the so-called reformers who didn’t heed the lessons of the last one.

Made in America

Apr 30, 2007 By Robert Draper

A generation after he crossed the border to work for my family, Vicente Martinez is the foreman of a ranch in the Hill Country, not far from his kids and grandkids. And yes, they all have their papers. This is an immigration story with a happy ending.

Carlos Brown Is a Hero (No Matter What He Says)

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

My best friend from high school is no longer the uncool, baseball-card-collecting goofball he once was. He’s a Navy surgeon and commander, and for two horrific weeks I got to watch him calmly and bravely save lives in wartime—not just Americans’ and not just soldiers’—in one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq.

Lust in Space

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

The lovesick antics of diapered astronaut Lisa Nowak are some combination of funny and sad but seemingly not revealing of anything larger, until you realize that her tragic, tabloidy breakdown says everything you need to know about NASA’s many troubles.

Columns

A Bronx Tale

Apr 30, 2007 By Paul Burka

Ruth. Gehrig. Mantle. Jeter. Ohlendorf? All of Austin, and Texas, is waiting to see if one of the newest New York Yankees earns his ’stripes.

None-A-Day

Apr 30, 2007 By Abraham Verghese

The argument in favor of vitamins goes like this: “Don’t ask us why or how they work. We know. Have faith.” Well, I don’t.

Reporter

The Virgin’s Guide to Mexico

Apr 30, 2007 By Mike Shea

The Price clan, of Austin’s well-heeled West Lake Hills neighborhood, inhabits ERIC B. MARTIN’s third novel, THE VIRGIN’S GUIDE TO MEXICO, as a less than holy family. Truitt, a prosperous businessman, suspects his wife, Lindy, of cheating on him, primarily because he is unfaithful to her. Lindy, stylish and beautiful,…

Stormy Weather.

Apr 30, 2007 By Mike Shea

San Antonio’s PAULETTE JILES combines telling period detail and credible characters to evoke Depression-era Texas in her terrific second novel, STORMY WEATHER. The Stoddard women—mother Elizabeth and daughters Jeanine, Mayme, and Bea—are faced with the challenge of surviving not just the death of drinking, gambling, horse-racing breadwinner Jack but also…

Elmer Kelton

Apr 30, 2007 By Mike Shea

Born on the Five Wells Ranch, in Andrews County, this consummate Texas writer has authored almost fifty books and been voted the greatest western writer of all time by his peers. Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer is a thoughtful look back at 81 years on earth.

Red Dog Blues

Apr 30, 2007 By Jeff McCord

He’s blessed with a tenor voice of extraordinary range, which often earns him comparisons to Gene Pitney or Roy Orbison. MICHAEL FRACASSO is a disciplined singer-songwriter who has flirted with pop, rock, folk, country, and blues, dragging them all into his casserole of American music. As a soft-spoken man, he’s…

Robert Gomez

Apr 30, 2007 By Jeff McCord

With the worldly pop of his Brand New Towns, the singer-songwriter becomes the fifth Denton act to be signed by the British label Bella Union. The label, headed by Simon Raymonde, has found a treasure trove in the small college town, most recently with the psychedelic folk sounds of the…

From the Cradle to the Grave

Apr 30, 2007 By Jeff McCord

For the many disparate artists working to revive the golden era of country, one thing tends to set them apart from their role models: They approach this vintage music with a hip, modern sensibility. Not DALE WATSON. Though he didn’t start recording until 1990, he seems to have a direct…

Rick Perry

Jan 20, 2013 By Evan Smith

“We’ve got roads to build and agencies to fix and health care to be dispensed and cancers to cure. And that’s what I’m focusing on.”

Woke on a Whaleheart

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff McCord

Recording for almost two decades under the name Smog, BILL CALLAHAN attracted an intensely devoted fan base as his work grew from lo-fi origins to a more orchestrated sound. Over a chugging rock beat, he juxtaposed his sad, narcissistic poeticism with a vocal range a notch above monotone, making his…

Miscellany

Around the State

Apr 30, 2007 By Texas Monthly

Jordan’s Pick Fort Worth Opera Festival Fort Worth IF YOU’RE A SIXTY-YEAR-OLD opera company, how do you (a) reinvigorate your aging self, (b) draw in new (and younger) audiences, and (c) steal a moment in the international spotlight while you’re at it? Simple: You get off the old…

A M*A*S*H Note

Apr 30, 2007 By Evan Smith

IN THE END, I HAD VISIONS OF HENRY BLAKE. Surely at least a few of you remember the character played by McLean Stevenson on the TV version of M*A*S*H: the lovable goofball of a lieutenant colonel who commanded the 4077th, a ragtag surgical unit doing its best to save lives…

Beating Around the Bush

Apr 30, 2007 By Texas Monthly

GOOD GRIEF. EVERYONE has to be so circumspect and carefully cautious [“The Test of Time,” March 2007]. Let’s try this for W.’s legacy: worst president in the history of the United States of America. RICK SCHWERTFEGER Austin WHILE DONALD EVANS has been knocking on wood that our…

Web

Books That Cook

Apr 30, 2007 By Victoria Rossi

Extreme Barbecue by Dan Huntley and Lisa Grace Lednicer celebrates all those soot-streaked men and women who sweat over barbecue pits across the nation. You’ve seen them wearing sauce-smattered aprons and holding up a rack of spare ribs. Take David Klose, who in the book is dubbed the “King of…

Guajillo Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Apr 30, 2007 By Texas Monthly

With Heirloom Tomatoes, Maytag Blue Cheese, and Morel Mushroom Brandy Sauce 1 six-ounce center-cut beef tenderloin 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon ground guajillo chile kosher or sea salt freshly cracked black pepper 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 to 4 morel…

Silo Elevated Cuisine

Apr 30, 2007 By Patricia Sharpe

When i heard that popular San Antonio restaurant Silo was in the family way, I was excited for the mother-to-be. The modest but excellent dining room in exclusive Alamo Heights had been childless for years, while far less worthy restaurants were reproducing like hamsters. It was high time, I…