October 1994 Issue



Shape Up

Edward Blum ran for Congress in 1992, lost, and then decided to change America. He has succeeded. He was one of six plaintiffs in a Texas case that, along with similar cases in North Carolina and Louisiana, will help reverse the racial separation and antagonism that infects our public life.


Driven to It

The law says customers can file their own car papers and save fifty bucks. In practice, forget it.

Lonely Song

The troubled imagination that fuels Daniel Johnston's powerful new album could also prove his undoing.


Trial and Error

Fred Zain was once a star witness for the prosecution, but his testimony may have sent innocent men to jail.


State Fare

October in Texas doesn’t always mean cool weather, but it does mean the beginning of quail season. At Anthony’s in Houston, chef Bruce McMillian stuffs the small succulent birds with seasoned wild rice and couscous, roasts them to a turn, and finishes them with a garnet-hued blackberry sauce. Hunters may



Holy Tomato

Entrepreneurs in Donna are saving the good name of the real Texas tomatoes that come in a can.


All Fired Up

A ban against hunting dogs is turning some East Texas hunters into backwoods pyros.


Stuffed Quail with Blackberry Essence

Stuffed Quail1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup diced celery 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced carrots 1 cup cooked wild rice 1 cup cooked couscous 1 1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage Salt and pepper to taste 4 deboned quail 1/4 cup olive oilPreheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium-hot skillet,

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