November 2003

Features

Feature
Anchor Away

Nov 1, 2003 By Evan Smith

What Walter Cronkite really thinks about cable TV shoutfests, the length of network newscasts, and (ahem) Jayson Blair.

The Witness

Nov 1, 2003 By Mimi Swartz

For forty years Nellie Connally has been talking about that day, when she was in that car and saw that tragedy unfold. She's still talking—and now she's writing too.

Weapon of Mass Communication

Nov 1, 2003 By S. C. Gwynne

This was the summer of George W. Bush's discontent, when sixteen specious words in the State of the Union address threw the White House into disarray. Can his 32-year-old mediameister, Dan Bartlett, get the message and the messenger back on track?

Mental Health
“Their Last Good Chance to Get Better”

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

The state's public mental health system was woeful to begin with, and now legislative budget cuts have made it even worse. For thousands of mentally ill kids like Grant Williams, the only place to get treatment is a juvenile prison.

Feature
Artist of the Portrait

Jan 21, 2013 By laurawilson

In September 1985 this magazine published twenty portraits from Richard Avedon's landmark "In the American West" series. I worked with the celebrated photographer on those shoots, and I documented the making of many memorable images. Here are five great behind-the-scenes stories.

Web

Recipe
Very Lemony Buttermilk Pie

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Sarah Stevens, Lambert’s, Austin Crust 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar pinch salt zest of 1 lemon, minced 1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, mix…

Recipe
Spicy Chocolate-Mince Pie

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Lilla Geisler, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio Crust 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 egg yolk 4 to…

Web Exclusive
Hoop It Up

Nov 1, 2003 By Jason Cohen

Texas basketball legend Don Haskins on his 38 years courtside with UTEP and the Miners' prospects under new head coach Billy Gillispie.

Web Exclusive
Eye On America

Nov 1, 2003 By Casey Wilson

The co-authors of a new book about the assassination of JFK talk about how that tragic event changed the way the media cover news.

Recipe
Cinnamon-Cherry Pie

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Jason Foss, the pastry chef of the Landmark Restaurant, in Dallas’s Melrose Hotel. Crust 4 3/4 cups (1 pound) pastry flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter, cut into…

Web Exclusive
Visual Impact

Nov 1, 2003 By jessicanorman

Photographer Beth Perkins talks about taking photographs of mentally ill children and teenagers for this month's story "Their Last Good Chance to Get Better."

Recipe
Black-Bottom Pumpkin Pie

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Randy Gehman, Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas, Irving Crust 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter 2/3 cup Crisco 2 2/3 cups (11 ounces) all-purpose flour 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water Place all…

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True Story

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

Executive editor Mimi Swartz discusses this month's cover story, "The Witness."

SEASON’S EATINGS

Nov 1, 2003 By Katharyn Rodemann

UNDERGROUND GOURMET Troubles with your love life? Truffles could be the answer. We’re speaking of the exotic fungus, a purported aphrodisiac as well as a turn-on for any epicure. Truffles grow underground in Europe (especially France and Italy) and in Oregon, and with the peak of the season each November,…

Texas Tidbits
Texas Tidbits

Nov 1, 2003 By Caroline Harper

Who killed JFK? Was it the FBI? the CIA? the Mob? With so many conspiracy theories out there, you can pick and choose.

SHIPPING NEWS

Nov 1, 2003 By Patricia Sharpe

PIE AND MIGHTY Just because you’re too busy to bake a holiday pie doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Give yourself a break and order one of these superlative pies by mail. The monster apple pie from Texas Heritage Provisions Company, in the East Texas town of Jasper, stands more…

Texas History 101
Texas History 101

Nov 1, 2003 By cesardiaz

Walter Cronkite left the University of Texas to pursue a career in journalism. Over the years, he covered some of the biggest events in history and became the most trusted man in America.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails

Nov 1, 2003 By Stacy Hollister

We spent a lovely fall afternoon in Boerne, shopping at antiques stores and picking out the perfect pumpkin.

Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Nov 1, 2003 By Christan Thomas

Occasional cooks and seasoned chefs will find something to suit their palates in Deep In the Heart, a collection of recipes from the Dallas Junior Forum. In its ninth printing, the cookbook is well organized, with easy-to-follow recipes. Chapters correspond with courses of a meal: appetizers and beverages, soups, salads…

Recipe
Orange-Blossom Honey Ice Cream

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

2 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup orange-blossom honey (don’t use ordinary commercial honey) 6 egg yolks 3/4 cup granulated sugar In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, cream, vanilla extract, and honey to a boil. Remove from heat…

Recipe
Beef Tenderloin With Black Truffle Watercress Pesto

Nov 1, 2003 By Texas Monthly

2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, diced 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 cup finely diced onion thinly sliced black truffles to taste (at least 3 or 4 slices per person) 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic 1 cup finely chopped watercress 1 teaspoon lemon…

Recipe
Carmel Avocado Parfait With Royal Iranian Osetra Caviar

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

2 avocados 1 teaspoon lemon juice salt and pepper to taste 4 tablespoons heavy cream 1 ounce Royal Iranian Oestra Caviar Note: Chill martini glasses before serving. Peel avocados and purée through a very fine sifter. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for…

Stagestruck

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

At Aurora, the key word is “drama.” You step into the small, curtained vestibule of this new Dallas restaurant. The hostess ceremoniously verifies your reservation (“Omigod,” you think. “What if they don’t have my name?”). Then she flings open the draperies to reveal a jewel box of a dining…

Miscellany

Book Review
Vernon God Little

Nov 1, 2003 By Mike Shea

Before the curtain rises on DBC Pierre‘s coal-black comedy Vernon God Little (Canongate), fifteen-year-old Vernon Little is just another potty-mouthed high school loser trapped in the fictional Texas town of Martirio. After his much-abused friend Jesus shoots sixteen classmates and then himself, Vernon is branded a probable psychokiller (or at…

Book Review
The King Is Dead

Nov 1, 2003 By Mike Shea

The King Is Dead (Knopf), Austinite Jim Lewis‘s sterling novel of politics, race, fidelity, and regret, is a model of literary economy. In an epicworthy tale packed into a brisk 260 pages, Walter Selby, a top aide to Tennessee’s governor, wrestles with the dodgy ethics of political life and the…

Book Review
By Sorrow’s River

Nov 1, 2003 By Mike Shea

How much Larry McMurtry is too much? Ready or not, here he comes again with the third installment of his seriocomic Berrybender Narratives a scant six months after book two. By Sorrow’s River (Simon & Schuster) won’t win him another Pulitzer, but the pages blow by like a prairie wind…

Atsbox
STRAIGHT TALK

Nov 1, 2003 By Katy Vine

YOUNG BUCK Satirist Christopher Buckley will be speaking November 3 at the Celebration of Reading in Dallas. First of all, I hear your power is out in Washington. Are all the phones working? We have phones but no electricity, so we’re essentially back to the days before answering machines,…

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A GREAT WEEKEND IN HOUSTON

Nov 1, 2003 By Jane Dure

XTREME SPORTS Some tough decisions need to be made in Houston, and I’m not talking about the mayor’s race. You’ll want to be there to hear “Ladies and gentlemen, U.S. Open winner Andy Roddick” when the onetime (and soon-to-be-part-time) Austinite is introduced at the Tennis Masters Cup, which takes place…

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BOOKS

Nov 1, 2003 By Stacy Hollister

NUMBER ONE FAN Some favor the celebrities of the big screen, others bow at the altars of superstar athletes. We, however, prefer master wordsmiths. Luckily for us, this month offers plenty of reasons to break out the Sharpie. Former first couple George and Barbara Bush host heavyweights Michael Beschloss, Christopher…

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POP CULTURE

Nov 1, 2003 By Patricia McConnico

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER Before the Empire struck back, there was the Federation and the USS Enterprise. Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, which first aired on the small screen from 1966 to 1969, ingeniously used science fiction to address real-life issues like race and gender relations, gaining a cultlike following of…

Atsbox
WE REMEMBER

Nov 1, 2003 By Chester Rosson

DEAR JOHN November 22, 1963—like September 11, 2001—was a watershed date. On one side lay the optimism of John F. Kennedy’s Camelot, on the other the disillusionment and unrest that followed his assassination. The nation is still fixated on that fateful day—the motorcade through downtown Dallas, the blood on Jackie’s…

Music Review
Chrome, Smoke & BBQ

Nov 1, 2003 By Jeff McCord

Long before The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, there was “La Grange,” a blues shuffle that rolled onto radio in brazen celebration of the state’s unofficial rest stop. ZZ Top already boasted a string of minor successes, but “La Grange” recruited an armada of beer drinkers and hell-raisers and launched…

The Last Roundup
Unhappily Ever After

Nov 1, 2003 By Kinky Friedman

Once upon a time, there was a writer— it doesn't matter which writer—with talent to burn. Wanna guess how the story ends?

Music Review
The Bandwagon

Nov 1, 2003 By Jeff McCord

Being labeled a pioneer in modern jazz is the musical equivalent of making the cover of Sports Illustrated; you almost never live up to anyone’s expectations. Yet after his third stunning album in a row (and fifth overall), Jason Moran is looking more and more like he’s beaten the curse.

Music Review
Just an American Boy: The Audio Documentary

Nov 1, 2003 By Jeff McCord

It’s a sad commentary on the state of rock music when an angry young man gets treated as something of a novelty. Steve Earle is one of the few artists willing and—more important—able to translate his passion into great music. Just an American Boy: The Audio Documentary (Artemis), a live…

Reporter

Reporter
Barbara Bush

Nov 1, 2003 By Evan Smith

The former first lady on her new book, how she writes— and why she never liked Alice in Wonderland.

Columns

Great Outdoors
One Hump or Two?

Nov 1, 2003 By Charlie Llewellin

Riding a camel across the West Texas sand dunes, I got in touch with my inner O'Toole— and left the modern world far behind.

Cartwright's Texas
Saving Cupid

Nov 1, 2003 By Gary Cartwright

Every year, at least two hundred sea mammals get stranded on Texas beaches. This is the story of one of them, a 199-pound dolphin with a neurological disorder, a sardonic grin, and a willingness to swim with yours truly.

Sports
Miner Threat

Jan 20, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Why would a mere mortal want to step into the outsized shoes of UTEP's Don Haskins, the only Texas college basketball coach ever to win a national championship? To win another NCAA title—and Billy Gillispie thinks he can.