Columns

The Stand Up Desk |
January 20, 2013

Behind the Lines

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

Skip Hollandsworth |
January 20, 2013

Leave It To Bea

One woman’s unlikely crusade to help poor kids succeed—and what Texas can learn from her example.

Rick Bass |
January 20, 2013

Wild at Heart

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

Patricia Kilday Hart |
January 20, 2013

Why Juan Can’t Read

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

Books |
January 20, 2013

Catcher in the Raw

Forty years after its publication, Horseman, Pass By is still one of Larry McMurtry's finest novels—and as groundbreaking as J. D. Salinger's masterpiece.

Travel |
January 20, 2013

Sun Spot

For a laid-back coastal paradise that's reminiscent of the Greek Islands in the seventies, pack a bathing suit and head to Montezuma, Costa Rica. But be forewarned: Half of the adventure is getting there.

John Phillip Santos |
January 20, 2013

Two Burials

Today my grandfather is buried in a family plot in Laredo. But to understand who he was and what his family was like, you have to know the story of his first burial, seventy miles away and nearly twenty years earlier.

The Texanist |
January 20, 2013

The Texanist

A fond look back at Temple, a.k.a. Ratsville and/or Tanglefoot, that fair burg wherein your dedicated advice columnist learned the location of the thin line between right and wrong.

The Texanist |
January 20, 2013

The Texanist

Vegetarian offspring, a barroom dispute, maintaining the “Texas identity,” and whether anything can be done to cure a marriage-threatening case of snoring.

The Texanist |
January 20, 2013

The Texanist

The trouble with black beans, an unnatural attachment to Texas license plates, the perils of striking up a conversation in the restroom, and the discomfort of two men riding together on the same Harley.

The Texanist |
January 20, 2013

The Texanist

Is it legal to be buried on my own property? Illustration by Jack UnruhQ: My wife and I are working toward finally buying some property in Washington County to retire on and have a place for the kids and grandkids to come and enjoy

The Texanist |
January 20, 2013

Offering fine advice since 2007

Dance hall guilt, faded accents, SUVs with “Truck” plates, and the ancient initiation ceremony at which a young Texan male is presented with his first firearm.

Books |
January 20, 2013

The Texpatriates

As Sandra Scofield, Shelby Hearon, and Janet Peery are proving, you don’t have to live in Texas to be a Texas writer.

Jan Reid |
January 20, 2013

Cold Case

One year ago tejano star Emilio Navaira was nearly killed in a tour bus accident outside Houston. What are we still learning about the experimental medical procedure that may have saved his life?

Behind the Lines |
January 20, 2013

My Texas Women

I was raised by one, I married one, and I raised one myself—and I wouldn't be who I am without them.

My Life |
January 20, 2013

Homemade

You can take the six-time Oscar nominee out of the small town . . .

Sports |
January 20, 2013

Miner Threat

Why would a mere mortal want to step into the outsized shoes of UTEP's Don Haskins, the only Texas college basketball coach ever to win a national championship? To win another NCAA title—and Billy Gillispie thinks he can.

Politics & Policy |
January 20, 2013

Risky Business

State representative Allen Fletcher is the chairman of a House subcommittee on white-collar crime. So how did his very own company get tangled up in a white-collar-crime investigation?

Letter From Fort Worth |
January 20, 2013

Bishop Takes Castle

Fort Worth clergyman Jack Iker’s battle with the Episcopal Church has become an all-out war. And the stakes couldn’t be higher.

News & Politics |
January 20, 2013

The Convert

After a sudden pang of conscience, former Bryan Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson became a pro-life activist and a star on the conservative talk show circuit. But is she telling the truth?

Books |
January 20, 2013

Nation State

Does anyone outside of Texas care about Texas history? H. W. Brands hopes so, and he's not the only one.

News & Politics |
January 20, 2013

Newspaper Days

Once upon a time, Molly Ivins was just a kid from River Oaks with an internship at the Houston Chronicle. Her time there set her on the path to becoming the most famous firebrand in Texas.

Letter From Galveston |
January 20, 2013

No Man’s Island

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

Art |
January 20, 2013

The Cult of Keen

It took two decades of shows at honky-tonks filled with frat-boy fans and Aggie admirers, but singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has his first major-label record deal.

Cartwright's Texas |
January 20, 2013

—30—

Blackie Sherrod probably hates the word "retired," but that's what he is now—and newspaper readers across Texas are the poorer for it.

Sports |
January 20, 2013

Game Over

Sure, sure, the newspaper business is dying, and this is bad for freedom, accountability, and democracy itself. But worst of all is what’s happened to sportswriting.