Columns

Separated At Death

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Ernest Willis spent seventeen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And he has a few things to say about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for a strangely similar crime that many experts believe he didn’t commit either.

Horse Sense

Jan 20, 2013 By Carol Chapman

Redford, shmedford: If you think the aging Hollywood hunk is anything like the prototypical horse whisperer, you haven’t met Del Rio native Ernesto Rojas Serna.

Bare Assets

Jan 20, 2013 By Andy Langer

How members of the heavy metal group Pantera turned their adult nightclub into a sound investment.

A Case of the Blues

Jan 20, 2013 By Gregory Curtis

If the Southland gave birth to the blues, Mack McCormick wants to know the time and place of the blessed event.

Almost Famous

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

When Jacob Isom swiped a Quran from an angry evangelist, he figured a few of his friends would enjoy the prank. Two months and one million YouTube views later, his life may never be the same.

Bush v. Perry

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

Comparing Rick Perry's 2010 campaign to George W. Bush's 1998 reelection campaign.

Voice of Amerykah

Jan 20, 2013 By John Morthland

Whether or not Erykah Badu is the Billie Holiday of hip-hop, her uplifting songs and soulful singing are winning fans from coast to coast.

No Fuss

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

"It's still easy to walk around New York unrecognized. I'm kind of nerdy and not fashionable, so people don't give me a second look."

Asleeping Beauty

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

More than two decades after he arrived in Austin, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson still reigns as the king of swing.

TV or Not TV?

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Mackay

He’s no Seinfeld. He’s not even Jeff Foxworthy. But Galveston native Bill Engvall is a successful stand-up comic, and one day, just maybe, he’ll get a sitcom of his own.

Mr. Malcontent

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

More Lenny Bruce than Jerry Seinfeld, Hicks wins fans by showing them his dark side.

Foxx, Whole

Jan 20, 2013 By Cynthia True

With feature-film roles, a chart-topping album, and a successful stand-up career, sitcom star Jamie Foxx is laughing all the way to the bank.

Meet the Parent

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

In the year since my mother died, I’ve learned a lot of things—like how to spend time with my dad.

Oil and Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

The spill in the Gulf is just the latest in a string of catastrophic regulatory failures that prove how incompetent government is. And how important it is.

Fave Combo

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

Let's hear it for beans and cornbread, the tastiest of plate-mates, a classic Southern supper—and a meal any fool can cook.

Dr. Pepper Mural
Understanding Dr Pepper

Jan 20, 2013 By leojanos

IN SPITE OF THE NEW expansion, it may be that Dr. Pepper still looks better coming from a 7-11 cooler than it does from behind a New York bar. When served at a recent private screening of a new film given by critic and gadabout Rex Reed, it was…

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.

Spills and Bills

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

The BP oil spill hit the small world of Houston’s oil and gas business hard. So now that the well is plugged, who’s up and who’s down?

Christmas Carole

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

When it's time for her to give the gift of a revenue estimate, Comptroller Rylander could be naughty or nice. Either way, the Legislature better watch out.

The Joy of Sacks

Jan 20, 2013 By Jason Cohen

Drew Brees's parents don't look forward to seeing him get thrown to the ground on national TV each week. But they sure do love having an NFL quarterback for a son.

Staying Alive

Jan 20, 2013 By Jesse Sublett

For every one hundred people diagnosed with cancer of the tonsil, fewer than nine survive. I hope I’m one of them.

Expatriate Act

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

While some Texas-born writers had to leave home to do their best work, for John Graves the reverse was true.

Gov Hunt

Jan 20, 2013 By Kinky Friedman

As the only man ever to run against both Bill White and Rick Perry, I have a few thoughts on how either one of these fine, upstanding, admirable men could beat the tar out of the other.

Cop Drama

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

How cuts to the budget of our mental health care system have created a nightmare for police officers in Houston—and everywhere else.

Third and Long

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

R. C. Slocum is the winningest football coach in A&M history. So why are some Aggies hoping he gets sacked?

The Little 10

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

I’ll give the new conference a fifty-fifty chance of lasting four years.

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.

Fathers and Sins

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Jarboe Russell

What happens to your belief in God when your son commits suicide after being molested by a priest? That's a question Nancy and Pat Lemberger have been struggling with for years.

“There Is No Law”

Jan 20, 2013 By Jesse Katz

Gangland-style executions are par for the course these days in Juárez, where drugs— and despair—flow freely.

The Uncertain Sage

Jan 20, 2013 By Gregory Curtis

A cool, brilliantly blue day in early February found me driving north from Austin on a sort of pilgrimage. I was going to see John Graves, the writer and gentleman farmer, now 73 years old, at his place on four hundred acres of rocky blackland prairie near Glen Rose. My…

Behind the Lines

Jan 20, 2013 By William Broyles

TALK OF CHANGE AND REFORM has been in the air since the Sharpstown scandals more than perhaps at any time in our state’s history. Such talk is welcome, and, as most of us apparently felt in the last elections, mandatory. One imagines that talk of reform came as uncomfortably, but…

Wild at Heart

Jan 20, 2013 By Rick Bass

My mother trained me to be a naturalist in our suburban backyard, one bird call at a time.

Why Juan Can’t Read

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

In 2006 Texas schools still can’t teach English to Spanish-speaking students. Here’s what we should do about that—now.