These are the best of the best—the top ten high schools in each of four economic categories, as ranked by the National Center for Educational Accountability. For the full list of more than one thousand public high schools in Texas, see page 170 (in the print copy). HIGHEST ECONOMIC GROUP…
DISTRICT/SCHOOL| STARS | % LOW INCOME | ALGEBRA PASSING RATE Pewitt/Pewitt | 5 | 50.4 | 95.0 Ysleta/Del Valle | 5 | 89.4 | 78.6 Hidalgo/Hidalgo | 5 | 96.9 | 62.1 San Antonio/Highlands | 5 | 89.0 | 57.2 San Antonio/Jefferson | 5 | 90.6 | 57.1 _________________________________________ Humble/Quest…
Most of the lighthouses that once kept watch over the Texas Gulf Coast have vanished, victims of time and the modern world. Yet a few romantic relics remain.
Once upon a time, the Central Texas town of Crawford was like Mayberry: Everyone knew everyone, no one talked politics, and the air was ripe with the aroma of hogs. Then the leader of the free world bought a little place west of the Middle Bosque River, and nothing was ever the same again.
Why would a devoted wife deliberately run over her beloved husband three times? It’s quite simple, really. He was having an affair with a woman accused by her allegedly pill-popping ex-husband of carrying on a lesbian relationship with her best friend, whose ex-husband has been indicted for an illegal wiretapping scheme designed to catch the two in the act and cover up his own infidelities with her former Lamaze-class buddy. Any questions?
FAMED TEXAS TENOR ILLINOIS JACQUET’S very first session, with Lionel Hampton in May 1942, yielded “Flying Home” (heard on Hamp: The Legendary Decca Recordings[Decca]). It was his most famous record, but it was only the beginning of a long and impressive recording career. His 1946 work with Count Basie (“Mutton…
An interview with Michael Moorcock, authour of King of the City.
PERUVIAN WRITER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA will be in Houston November 11, as a guest for the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. The novelist, literary critic, playwright, and essayist is considered to be one of the greatest Spanish American writers of our century. His works include the novels The Green House,…
An interview with Wyman Meinzer, author of Canyons of the Texas High Plains and Texas Rivers.
Read Q&A's with James Hoggard, Joyce King, H.W.Brands, and other authors participating in the 2002 Texas Book Festival.
An interview with Bryan Woolley, author of Charreada: Mexican Rodeo in Texas.
An interview with Thomas Mallon, author of Mrs. Paine’s Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy.
Bill Wittliff and Edwin "Bud" Shrake, the recipients of the 2002 Texas Book Festival Bookend award, embody Texas literature today.
An interview with Bill Wittliff, author of Boystown: La Zona de Tolerancia.
An interview with Prudence Mackintosh, author of Sneaking Out.
From elementary school to high school, we've got more than five thousand public schools ranked. See if your kid's school is making the grade.
An interview with Ruthe Winegarten, author of The Lives and Times of Black Dallas Women, and Tuneful Tales: Bernice Love Wiggins. (Introduction)
An interview with Diana López, author of Sofia’s Saints.
texasmonthly.com: You are featured in Dorothy McConachie’s book, Top Texas Teachers. How were you chosen? Carolina Carner: They picked 35 teachers from across the state. One of my students nominated me at Barnes and Noble in Round Rock. McConachie got thousands of entries, and I was picked out of all…
BACK TO BASICS Tucked away on a beautiful tree-lined road outside Elm Mott in north central Texas is Homestead Heritage, a pristine little village of sorts where the residents are dedicated to preserving traditional crafts and living off the land. You can sample the fruits of their labors at the…
An interview with David Marion Wilkinson, Author of Oblivion’s Altar.
An interview with Harry Knowles, author of Ain’t It Cool? Hollywood’s Redheaded Stepchild Speaks Out
PUMPED UP Douglas Brown, the 29-year-old executive chef of Dallas’ Melrose Hotel and its Landmark restaurant, has some great pumpkin ideas for fall as well as tips for cooking with the real thing. His recipe for pumpkin gnocchi with apple-cider brown bbutter and pumpkin seeds takes this orange relative of…
An interview with Donley Watt, author of Reynolds.
An interview with Joyce King, author of Hate Crime: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas.
An Austin group brings theater into schools.
I’M JUST MAD ABOUT SAFFRON I know I’m in the company of grown-ups when I can say “tapas bar” and nobody feels compelled to crack, “What? You ate at a topless bar?” At the moment, my favorite tapas bar is San Antonio’s Saffron, a casual, three-month-old spot done up in…
An interview with Rob Walsh, author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from the Pit Bosses.
An interview with Jack Jackson, author of The Alamo: An Epic Told From Both Sides.
Beans and cornbread are simple foods worth sighing about.
An interview with Paul Robert Walker, author of True Tales of the Wild West.
An interview with James Hoggard, author of Patterns of Illusion: Stories and a Novella.
An interview with Robert Utley, author of Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers.
An interview with Keith Graves, author of Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout.
In the new book, Top Texas Teachers, author Dorothy McConachie gives 35 educators top honors.
An interview with Suzy Spencer, author of Breaking Point.
An interview with Amy Fusselman, author of The Pharmacist’s Mate.
In case you didn't know, hockey is gaining momentum in Texas. It may never surpass football on Friday nights, but for fans, there's nothing like seeing their favorite team hit the ice.
An interview with Steven Saylor, author of A Mist of Prophecies.
An interview with Robert Bryce, author of Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron.
Half Moon Reef Lighthouse served as a beacon for ships coming into Matagorda Bay.
An interview with David Richards, author of Once Upon a Time in Texas: A Liberal in the Lone Star State.
An interview with H. W. Brands, author of The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream.
An interview with Jan Reid, author of The Bullet Meant for Me.
An interview with Jay Brandon, author of Executive Privilege.
An interview with Tim O’Brien, author of July, July.
An interview with Rick Bayless, author of Mexico: One Plate at a Time.
The small East Texas town of Jefferson makes for a perfect weekend getawayit just takes a while to get there.
An interview with Marsha Moyer, author of The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch.
EL ESCRITOR PERUANO MARIO VARGAS Llosa viene a Houston el 11 de noviembre como invitado del Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. El novelista, crítico literario, dramaturgo y ensayista es considerado uno de los más grandes escritores hispanoamericanos de nuestro siglo. Entre sus obras se encuentran las novelas La casa verde,…
Royers' Round Top Cafe: A Relational Odyssey
At eighty, most of us would be off our feet, not out on stage. But Illinois Jacquet, the great Texas tenor, keeps blowing his saxand tooting his own horn.
The mayor of San Antonio says a 2,600-acre golf resort on top of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone won't ruin the city's sole source of drinking water. Who wants to tee off on that one?
Billie Carr, R.I.P. Liberals too.
I'm susceptible to seasickness and sun poisoning, and I hate being part of a herd. So, naturally, I took a cruise.
If your goal is to own a pro hockey team, Tom Hicks has a deal for you: He'll sell you the Dallas Stars for a mere $300 millionand throw in the prospect of an NHL-destroying lockout at no extra charge.
Let's hear it for beans and cornbread, the tastiest of plate-mates, a classic Southern supper—and a meal any fool can cook.
Around the State
READ ALL ABOUT IT November is an ideal month for books: The weather is cooler, a perfect excuse for staying in and escaping into the world of your favorite page-turner. But if bumming indoors isn’t your style, then mind your p‘s and q‘s and hit the road for these literary…
ATTENTION, SHOPPERS No doubt, holiday consumers who turn a sickly green upon hearing the word “mall” will search desperately this month for alternatives to the slew of chain stores. Some people will test their artistic capacities by creating their offerings; some will purchase presents online. Still others—thousands, we are told—will…
THE HARD CELL Beaumont has the Texas Energy Museum and Kingsville has the King Ranch Museum. Likewise, Huntsville promotes its industry—incarceration—with the Texas Prison Museum. Since 1989 museum visitors have surveyed exhibits dedicated to prison art, contraband, and capital punishment, gawking at the decommissioned electric chair Old Sparky along the…
DRUM UP SOME FUN Whether you’re a folk art lover, a foodie, or just ready for a fall frolic, here’s an itinerary that should make your mouth water. Head to San Antonio November 1 and begin with First Friday, a monthly art walk that takes over the funky Southtown neighborhood’s…