September 2009


Why Are Tortilla Chips So Damn Good?

Aug 31, 2009 By Karen Olsson

Is it the crispiness? The crunchiness? The saltiness? Thankfully, a small cadre of researchers in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M has spent much of the past thirty years munching on this question.

Mike Leach Is Thinking …

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

And you would be too if you were an itinerant Rollerblader with a passion for pirates who’d reinvented the game of college football, brought joy to Lubbock, beaten UT, and narrowly missed a shot at a national champi- onship. And what you’d be thinking is, “Gangway!”


Book Review
End the Fed

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Ron Paul, the eleven-term congressman from Texas, first sought public office in 1974 to speak out against government monetary policy, and End the Fed proves how passionately he still wants the Federal Reserve’s carcass in his trophy room. The libertarian-cum-Republican rails against the central banking system for its…

Tanya Tucker

Aug 31, 2009 By Evan Smith

“I don’t let people run over me. From the very beginning, I’ve never changed my ideas about what music should be.”

Street Smarts

Aug 31, 2009 By Kristie Ramirez

1. THE THUNDERBIRD HOTEL Spare but chic sums up this refurbished motor court. A cowhide rug, a wood-and-metal table, and a single framed art poster is the extent of the interior decor, but you never feel deprived of accoutrements. After a day of sightseeing, take a splash in the pool…

Object Lesson
Tina Knowles’s Handbag

Aug 31, 2009 By Kristie Ramirez

Clothing designer and stylist extraordinaire Tina Knowles has taken the meaning of “stage mother” to a whole new level by creating flamboyant, one-of-a-kind costumes for her songbird daughters, Beyoncé and Solange. Miss Tina, as she’s known industry-wide, has parlayed her flair for fashion into two clothing lines, the ready-to-wear…

Dawn Cockrell, Midwife

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Cockrell has lived in West Texas for twenty years and has been delivering babies for fourteen. She opened West Texas Birth Services, in Odessa, in 2001. My mother gave birth to my younger sister when I was sixteen. They induced her at forty weeks, and I was present for…

The Horse's Mouth
Teaching Yoga

Aug 31, 2009 By Mimi Swartz

NAME: John Friend | AGE: 50 | HOME: The Woodlands | QUALIFICATIONS: Founder of Anusara, an increasingly popular style of hatha yoga / Has taught yoga for almost thirty years / Author of numerous yoga books, CDs, and DVDs, including Anusara Yoga 101 and Growing a Lotus • I was…

Music Review
Somedays the Song Writes You

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

He’s got a bit of a rep, yet while Guy Clark is every inch the crusty, ornery cuss he’s always been, there’s a sad sense of resignation on Somedays the Song Writes You (Dualtone). After his wry 2006 triumph, Workbench Songs, this tone is a surprise from the…

Music Review
Acquired Taste

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Not much in life has proved more reliable than Delbert McClinton. Like slipping into your favorite old T-shirt, you know what to expect with a new album of his, even if both the shirt and McClinton’s roadhouse-weary voice have started to fray a bit around the edges. The Lubbock-born…

Music Review
They Know What Ghost Know

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

In the electronic-music world, inserting humanity into the coldness of a kilowatt ether is a challenge. Without vocals, things get even trickier. Yet for Houston’s Joe Corrales Jr., who records under the name Yppah, personality is all a matter of knowing the right knobs to tweak. His debut, in…

Author Interview
Benjamin Moser

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Born and raised in Houston, the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector developed an early fascination with Latin and South America that he later stoked with travels to Brazil. His research on the late Brazilian novelist who, it has been said, “looked like Marlene Dietrich…

How to Dove Hunt

Jan 20, 2013 By Andrea Valdez

The Season For many hunters, Labor Day weekend is synonymous with the soft coos of the mourning dove. Every year, roughly 350,000 people in Texas are seduced by this avian siren song and harvest about five million of the four-ounce birds—that’s about 30 percent of the total number shot in…


Roar of the Crowd
Letters to The Tedator

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Nugent mail accounted for roughly 90 percent of the letters to the editor regarding our July issue. A sampling of the remaining 10 percent can be found here. Capitol Letters Could you please explain to me why you consider Wayne Christian’s advocacy of “no scholarships for illegal aliens” such an…

Editor's Letter
School of Talk

Aug 31, 2009 By Jake Silverstein

Two years, four months, and 26 days ago, I had a very different view of the world from the one I have as I sit down to write this letter. That was the last day that I wasn’t a parent. March 6, 2007. The next day my son was…


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Widespread Panic

Aug 31, 2009 By Michael Hall

Despite its status as a public health emergency, is the swine flu just another flu?

The Filter: Dining
New and Noteworthy

Aug 31, 2009 By Patricia Sharpe

Fig Tree San Antonio The recession has had many negative side effects, one being that notable new restaurants are not rolling off the assembly line with the regularity they used to. A positive side effect of the production slowdown is that we get a chance to recognize an old…

Revolutionary Kind

Aug 31, 2009 By Nate Blakeslee

Daniel Miller, the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, is a proud secessionist. And the tea parties were just the beginning for this true believer.

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High Society

Aug 31, 2009 By halhlavinka

Colum McCann’s new novel revolves around Philippe Petit’s high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974.

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Being a Super Model

Aug 31, 2009 By Patricia McConnico

I avoid saying the word “diet” like the plague. I try to be careful about what I eat and what I do because I know my six-year-old daughter is watching me. She’s listening.

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An Excerpt from Just Food by James McWilliams

Aug 31, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Chapter 1 Food Miles or Friendly Miles?: Beyond the “Farm to Fork” Paradigm of Production Who gets to define “the local”?—Melanie Depuis No single concept unites the locavore movement more powerfully than food miles—the distance our food travels before we eat it. It’s an elegantly simple measure of environmental consciousness,…

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Shelley Calton

Aug 31, 2009 By Mike Shea

The photographer talks about her new book and life on skates.

Talk Rodeo

Jan 20, 2013 By betsyellison

From the cowgirls racing around barrels to the cowboys hanging on for their lives atop bucking bulls, there’s nothing quite as exciting as watching the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stockyards.


The End of The Affair

Aug 31, 2009 By John Spong

Everyone was shocked when San Angelo’s hugely popular mayor suddenly left town with his gay lover. Everyone, that is, except the citizens of San Angelo.

Letter From Galveston
No Man’s Island

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

A year has passed since Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, but my hometown is still reeling from a storm without end.

Lowe and Behold

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

An open letter to the lucky new chair of the most dysfunctional agency in Texas, the State Board of Education.