In the Gulf Coast town of Santa Fe, high school football games had always kicked off with a prayer, but in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice violated the separation of church and state. Now the issuewhich has turned neighbor against neighbor and provoked some decidedly un-Christian behavior has grown from a local controversy into a national one.
Anne Dingus has a few bones to pick with the modern mystery novel, which she says has been decomposing in recent years. Stepping up to defend the genre: none other than Texas' queen of murder and mayhem, Mary Willis Walker.
These days, a plane trip can entail more time in the terminal than in the air. But why get stressed when you can have a massage, taste Texas wines, go for a jog, check your e-maileven eat gumbo while watching (other people's) planes take off? A survivor's guide to DFW, Houston Intercontinental, and five other big-city airports.
SRV breaks out of the gate with Little Stevie Vaughan before he was Stevie Ray. A member of Paul Ray and the Cobras, the kid’s doing “Thunderbird”—the upbeat, swinging standard by the Nightcaps, Texas’ first great white-boy blues band—a song that every Dallas kid with an electric guitar and an…
Turn Out the Lights (University of Texas Press), a collection of articles by Gary Cartwright, arrives in stores this month. Cartwright, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, has written for the magazine since its first issue, February 1973.
Mere mortals might consider taking a breather after publishing four titles in twelve months, but Larry McMurtry is made of sterner stuff. Title number four, Boone’s Lick (Simon and Schuster), is the first novel in a new series about the American West in the late nineteenth century. And a killer…
Austinite Bruce Sterling’s keen eye for global Sturm und Drang has served him well in futuristic novels such as Holy Fire and Distraction, which present darkly comic visions of a new world disorder. In a surprising twist for the science fiction writer, Zeitgeist: A Novel of Metamorphosis is set in…
Austin’s Beaver Nelson has never been at a loss for songs, just for albums to put them on. By his mid-twenties he had lost his next-big-thing glow by twice signing record deals that failed to yield records, though the bulk of his fans (critics and fellow musicians) would have gotten…
East meets country and western, and a whole lot more, on this Houston pedal-steel guitarist’s debut solo album. As a member of Eugene Chadbourne’s Ernest Tubb Memorial Band, Alcorn plays little that’s recognizable as country or alt-country. The eight improvisational instrumentals on Uma pursue that exploratory spirit without sounding much…
A songwriter’s songwriter and a cult figure’s cult figure, Houston’s Mickey Newbury authored pop and country hits in the late sixties and early seventies, among them “Sweet Memories” and the Elvis Presley stalwart “An American Trilogy.” He’s the sort of artist Texas produces as naturally as oil or running backs.
As a female jazz percussionist and bandleader, Susie Ibarra remains a rarity in the male-dominated world of jazz instrumentalists. Raised in Houston’s small Filipino community, Ibarra found the strength to overcome inequities and used that determination to become a fixture in New York’s Downtown jazz scene. The propulsive fury displayed…
On the set with Bruce Rodgers.
Janine Turner gets into character.
The media lower the boom on Anna Nicole Smith.
What was the real name of the dog that portrayed Old Yeller?
Three days and two nights in Fort Worth. Plus: Huddling up with Texas football teams; going under the big top with the UniverSoul Circus; keeping time with mariachi music; and sticking to the state's far-flung festivals.
Judging abortion rights.
Stephan Pyles’ sweet mascarpone polenta has a corn-ucopia of flavor.
Senior editor Anne Dingus lists her ten favorite whodunits.
Which Texas airports have the latest state-of-the-art safety equipment?
Which Texas airports and airlines have the best on-time records?
Associate editor Pamela Colloff tells the story behind November's cover story, "They Haven't Got a Prayer."
Read the first chapter of Edwin "Bud" Shrake's Strange Peaches, this month's Texas Classic.
Blueberry Sauce 1 1/2 cups port 1/2 cup sugar juice of 1 lime 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries Place port, sugar, and lime juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 8 minutes. Stir in blueberries and, if using frozen ones,…
Austin's VidiMedix has a simple prescription for patients who live miles away from big-city health care: Log on and get well.
Waco is memorialized in Madison Cooper's Sironia, Texas, the longest novel ever published in the U.S.and one of the oddest.
Cedric Benson of the Midland Lee Rebels has a cause: He may just be the greatest running back in Texas 5A history.
Think cozy neighborhood restaurants are a thing of the past? Here are four places that will serve you well.
For brothers Charlie and Bruce Robison, making country music safe for men again is an intriguing propositionand a risky one because of their wives.
SBC fails to connect with high-speed Internet access.
Three hot ad agencies receive top billing.
The best presidential candidate for high tech.