November 2003


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?

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.


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…

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…

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.

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…

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."

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…


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,…


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

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.

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…

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…


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…


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…

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…

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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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 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.

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…



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.

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.