November 2000

Features

They Haven’t Got a Prayer

Nov 1, 2000 By Pamela Colloff

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 issue—which has turned neighbor against neighbor and provoked some decidedly un-Christian behavior— has grown from a local controversy into a national one.

Judge Not

Nov 1, 2000 By S. C. Gwynne

When Senators Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison blocked the nomination of El Paso's Enrique Moreno to the powerful Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals they triggered a firestorm of protest fueled by wounded ethnic pride.

The Searcher

Nov 1, 2000 By Anne Dingus

Photographer Kurt Markus spent years tracking down modern working cowboys for his new book, Cowpuncher. He corralled the genuine article at several Texas spreads.

Feature
Whodunit? Who Cares?

Nov 1, 2000 By Anne Dingus

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.

Airport 2000

Nov 1, 2000 By Joe Nick Patoski

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-mail—even eat gumbo while watching (other people's) planes take off? A survivor's guide to DFW, Houston Intercontinental, and five other big-city airports.

Man of Letters

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Forty years after the publication of John Graves's Goodbye to a River, a keepsake volume of correspondence—between the author and J. Frank Dobie, among others— chronicles its journey from an idea for a magazine article to an instant literary classic.

Reporter

Music Review
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Nov 1, 2000 By Joe Nick Patoski

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…

Book Review
Gary Cartwright

Nov 1, 2000 By Texas Monthly

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.

Book Review
Larry McMurtry

Nov 1, 2000 By Mike Shea

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…

Book Review
Bruce Sterling

Nov 1, 2000 By Mike Shea

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…

Music Review
Beaver Nelson

Nov 1, 2000 By Andy Langer

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…

Music Review
Susan Alcorn

Nov 1, 2000 By John Morthland

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…

Music Review
Frisco Mabel Joy

Nov 1, 2000 By Jason Cohen

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.

Music Review
Susie Ibarra

Nov 1, 2000 By Jeff McCord

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…

Miscellany

Texas Primer
Old Yeller

Nov 1, 2000 By Anne Dingus

What was the real name of the dog that portrayed Old Yeller?

Around the State
Around the State

Nov 1, 2000 By Texas Monthly

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.

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Stephan Pyles’ sweet mascarpone polenta has a corn-ucopia of flavor.

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Book Excerpt
Best Bud

Nov 1, 2000 By Texas Monthly

Read the first chapter of Edwin "Bud" Shrake's Strange Peaches, this month's Texas Classic.

Recipe
Sweet Mascarpone Polenta With Roasted Nectarines

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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,…

Columns

Health
Digital Docs

Nov 1, 2000 By Carol Chapman

Austin's VidiMedix has a simple prescription for patients who live miles away from big-city health care: Log on and get well.

Books
Cooper’s Town

Nov 1, 2000 By caroldawson

Waco is memorialized in Madison Cooper's Sironia, Texas, the longest novel ever published in the U.S.—and one of the oddest.

Sports
West Texas Tornado

Nov 1, 2000 By Jordan Mackay

Cedric Benson of the Midland Lee Rebels has a cause: He may just be the greatest running back in Texas 5A history.

Food and Drink
Joys in the ‘Hood

Nov 1, 2000 By Patricia Sharpe

Think cozy neighborhood restaurants are a thing of the past? Here are four places that will serve you well.

Music
Almost Famous

Nov 1, 2000 By John Spong

For brothers Charlie and Bruce Robison, making country music safe for men again is an intriguing proposition—and a risky one because of their wives.

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