November 2008

Features

Your Bird Here

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Turkey, shmurkey! This Thanksgiving, when your mother-in-law gets ready to serve up boring old tradition as a main course, you should cry fowl and turn her attention to these other fine, feathered, delectable friends.

My Frail Island

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

The damage done by Hurricane Ike to Galveston, my beloved hometown, is in many ways worse than you’ve read about. And I’m not only talking about the physical devastation.

Come Early. Be Loud. Cash In.

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

How did the University of Texas build the most successful college sports program in history? One visionary coach at a time. One world-class athlete at a time. One state-of-the-art stadium at a time. And with an ambitious, aggressive business model that’s the envy of its rivals everywhere.

The Exonerated

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Thirty-seven men, 525 years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. Thanks to DNA testing, their claims of innocence have finally been proved—but what happens to them now?

Reporter

Peoria

Oct 31, 2008 By Jeff McCord

Austin’s Cotton Mather ended its nine-year run in 2003. The group’s Beatles-esque power pop had garnered praise from NME and bands like Oasis in the UK and inspired a following in Asia, but in this country, not so much. Still, everyone wondered what leader Robert Harrison would do next. The…

Exposion

Oct 31, 2008 By Jeff McCord

Lots of indie-rock bands wear their influences on their sleeve. Austin’s White Denim betrays elements of the visceral rock of the Stooges, the minimalism of the Velvet Underground, and even the weird fusion of groups like the Minutemen or the Meat Puppets. But what White Denim possesses, unlike so…

Little Honey

Oct 31, 2008 By Jeff McCord

Lucinda Williams’s West, in 2007, was a stunning effort, her strongest in nearly a decade. Yet it was an emotional downslide, and its cathartic declarations of unrequited love no doubt took their toll in the ensuing months onstage. At some point, she must have longed for a way to…

The Glen Rock Book of the Dead

Oct 31, 2008 By Mike Shea

The Glen Rock Book of the Dead is a quiet tour de force from former Austinite Marion Winik, who ruminates on the meaning and messages to be culled from the deaths (and lives) of fifty-plus individuals who have crossed her path. Within a slim 108 pages, she provides…

Bill Applegate, Trapper

Oct 31, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Applegate was raised near El Paso. He is a full-time predator-control trapper on ranches in Big Bend. For the past ten years, he has served as the president of the Texas Trappers and Fur Hunters Association. He lives in Marfa. When I was eight years old, I was in my…

Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound

Oct 31, 2008 By Mike Shea

First the bad news: Alan Govenar’s Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound is maddening, a six-hundred-page patchwork of illustrations, interviews, and essays adapted and expanded from his previous works. Sometimes organized by place (East Texas, Austin) and sometimes by theme (zydeco, the saxophone), it affords such…

How to Throw a Tamalada

Oct 31, 2008 By Andrea Valdez

The Party As at most holiday functions, there’s no escaping your kin at a tamalada, or tamale-making party. For generations, Latinos have gathered at Christmastime to cook, assemble, and eat the age-old dish (tamales date back to pre-Columbian times). “A tamalada is a multifamily, multigenerational event,” says Sylvia Cásares, who…

The Theory of Light and Matter

Oct 31, 2008 By Mike Shea

The stereotypical image of America’s middle class—successful adults shepherding worthy children toward better lives—is turned on its head in Andrew Porter’s beautifully executed short story collection The Theory of Light and Matter. Porter, who teaches creative writing at Trinity University, pulls us through the looking glass into a…

H. W. Brands

Oct 31, 2008 By Mike Shea

With his twenty-second book, Traitor to His Class, the acclaimed historian and University of Texas at Austin professor brings yet another political giant into focus: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Do you explode any myths in Traitor to His Class? The rich of Roosevelt’s day blamed him for selling them…

Doing Political Impressions

Oct 31, 2008 By John Spong

NAME: Jim Morris | AGE: 51 | HOMETOWN: Flower Mound | QUALIFICATIONS: Masterfully mimics the past seven presidents, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, as well as a range of presidential candidates, from John Edwards to Al Sharpton / Has provided voices for Saturday Night Live’s “The X-Presidents” cartoon…

Warren Hood

Oct 31, 2008 By Jeff McCord

With a natural, beguiling style, the 25-year-old songwriter and violinist has been a fixture on the Austin roots scene for nearly a decade, carrying on the legacy of his late father, Champ, of Uncle Walt’s Band. He has just released his eponymous solo debut. Why a solo album now?…

Rick Riordan

Jan 20, 2013 By Evan Smith

“You have to have action, you have to have humor, and you have to have emotional situations. And you have no time to waste. You have to get it all in there economically.”

Columns

You Aren’t Here

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

The very spot where William Barrett Travis wrote his famous “victory or death” letter is a Ripley’s Haunted Adventures. And other ways gross commercialization has desecrated the Alamo’s sacred battleground site.

Web

Madame Secretary, I Presume?

Oct 31, 2008 By Eileen Smith

Hillary Clinton has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and successfully dodged hostile (as opposed to agreeable) gunfire in Bosnia.

Speaker Up

Oct 31, 2008 By Eileen Smith

Candidates for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives tell us why they think they should hold the highly coveted gavel.

The Day After

Oct 31, 2008 By Eileen Smith

Journalists and other notables to give us their reactions to the long campaign and the election of Barack Obama.

Holiday Variety Empanadas

Oct 31, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Prep time: 30 minutes / Bake Time: 15 minutes Empanada Crust 1 package (15 oz., 2 crusts) Hill Country Fare Refrigerated Pie Crusts Fillings Pumpkin 1 can (15.5 oz.) Hill Country Fare Solid Pumpkin for pie 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice 1/2 cup H-E-B Sugar or Granulated…

Texas Bobwhite Quail

Oct 31, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Stuffing 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced into 1/8-inch cubes 1 pound whole farro grain (or spelt) 4 cups chicken stock 1 fennel bulb, diced into 1/8-inch cubes 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1/8-inch cubes 1 celery root…

Roasted Duck With Picadillo Stuffing

Oct 31, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Duck 3 cups kosher salt 1 cup packed brown sugar 4 inches canela sticks, or substitute 2 inches regular cinnamon sticks 12 whole allspice 6 bay leaves 40 peppercorns 4 five-pound ducks kosher salt and pepper to taste cilantro or flat-leaf parsley,…

Pan-Roasted White-Winged Dove

Oct 31, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Dove 2 green apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and cored 1/2 large onion, peeled 2 thumb-size knobs of ginger 2 cups white vinegar 1 cup salt 1 cup sugar juice and rinds of 2 lemons 2 tablespoons each of whole juniper berries,…

H. W. Brands

Oct 31, 2008 By Mike Shea

With his twenty-second book, Traitor to His Class, the acclaimed historian and University of Texas at Austin professor brings yet another political giant into focus: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Do you explode any myths in Traitor to His Class? The rich of Roosevelt’s day blamed him for selling them out…

Miscellany

The Good Seed

Oct 31, 2008 By Evan Smith

To those who insist all journalists are pinot-swilling, Bibb-lettuce-nibbling, four-hundred-thread-count-Egyptian-cotton-pillowcase-coveting elitists, I say: Meet Michael Hall. It’s not just that the soul-patched, ratty-flannel-shirt-wearing Army brat doesn’t present as Bill Buckley or Tom Wolfe. It’s that, in word and deed, he more than transcends the “man of the people” cliché. This…

Boone or Bust?

Oct 31, 2008 By Texas Monthly

I’m a fifth-generation Texan and mad as hell at T. Boone Pickens for his rape of our beautiful land [“There Will Be Boone,” September 2008]. And for what? To line his pockets even more? Apparently, a billion dollars isn’t enough. A year ago, my husband and I purchased 93…