Columns

Catcher in the Raw

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

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.

Against All Odds

Jan 20, 2013 By lisawilson

When the doctor told me my third child had Down’s Syndrome, I knew that my life had changed forever.

Sun Spot

Jan 20, 2013 By Keith Kachtick

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.

Take Two Tablets

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Jarboe Russell

Should a monument featuring the Ten Commandments be allowed to remain on the grounds of the Texas Capitol? A homeless former defense lawyer says no.

Two Burials

Jan 20, 2013 By John Phillip Santos

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

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

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

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

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

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

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.

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The Texanist

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

Is it legal to be buried on my own property? Illustration by Jack Unruh Q: 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…

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Offering fine advice since 2007

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

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.

The Texpatriates

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael DiLeo

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

Cold Case

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

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?

My Texas Women

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

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

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Homemade

Jan 20, 2013 By Sissy Spacek

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

White Elephant

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

The most formidable candidate in the race for Houston’s next mayor may be the outgoing chief himself.

Miner Threat

Jan 20, 2013 By Jason Cohen

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.

Risky Business

Jan 20, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

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?

Bishop Takes Castle

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

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

The Convert

Jan 20, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

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?

Nation State

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

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

Ghost Writer

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

It took me half my life to figure out that most of what I thought I knew about J. Frank Dobie was wrong.

Newspaper Days

Jan 20, 2013 By W. Michael Smith

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.

Habeas Corpus

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

The rap on Corpus Christi is that there’s no there there—but a case can be made that it’s a great weekend destination.

Steam Spirit

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

If you’re heading to New Orleans and you’ve got five days to spare, don’t fly or drive. Take a trip fit for a king—aboard the Delta Queen .

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.

The Cult of Keen

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

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.

—30—

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

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

Game Over

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

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.

Jailhouse Flock

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

What is ex–football star Bill Glass’s plan for reforming hardened prison inmates? God is in the details.

Mentionables

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

From bullet bras to panties emblazoned with the Lone Star flag, a brief history of women’s underwear in Texas.