September 1981 Issue

Miscellany

State Secrets

State Secrets

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

Reporter

Reporter

Reporter

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

Columns

Film

Hot and Bothered

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.

Crime

Cattle Call

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.

Classical Music

Sixteen Strings

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

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