September 1981


The Bulls of Commerce

Aug 31, 1981 By michaellyon

Raised in hardscrabble fiberglass factories, these cattle came to Texas cities to make shoppers feel like cowboys.

Gone To Texas

Aug 31, 1981 By Nicholas Lemann

Thousands of people from the North, broke and out of work, are streaming into the state. This is the true story of two of them who abandoned Detroit for Houston, learned about cockroaches, tacos, and freeways, and finally discovered happiness in broken air conditioners.

Lascivious Houston

Aug 31, 1981 By Michael Ennis

A look inside the world of topless clubs, where love and even passion are impossible to find.


Country Notes
Lord of the Flies

Aug 31, 1981 By John Graves

Fly-fishing is a particularly fastidious way of trying to fool a fish, but it’s also a particularly pleasant one.

Classical Music
Sixteen Strings

Aug 31, 1981 By W. L. Taitte

As befits masterpieces, Beethoven’s string quartets have been recorded a hundred times. Our trusty critic guides the novice through a maze of choices.

Hot and Bothered

Aug 31, 1981 By C.W. Smith

In Body Heat a lust-befuddled lawyer fails to notice that his lover is setting him up for murder. The spy plot and love story of Under the Rainbow pale next to the sideshow attraction of 150 dwarfs. Endless Love only seems endless. Victory scores some points.

Cattle Call

Aug 31, 1981 By Jim Atkinson

Trial by jury is a right most people charged with a crime never get to exercise. Instead, they accept a quicker, less risky alternative: the plea bargain.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Aug 31, 1981 By Paul Burka

What the future holds for artificial hearts, utility customers, Phil Gramm, and the Republican party.



Aug 31, 1981 By Texas Monthly

Four great Texas discoveries: world-class barbecue in Taylor, gold fever in Brock, psychic delvings in San Antonio, historical triage in Canyon.