El Paso

The Doctor Is In

May 31, 1997 By Joe Holley

For El Paso physician Abraham Verghese, writing about life and death in the age of AIDS is a prescription for literary success.

Debbie Reynolds

Apr 30, 1997 By Anne Dingus

Who gave Debbie Reynolds her name, and what did she have to learn to do before starring in Singin’ in the Rain?

Dumped On

Mar 1, 1997 By Joe Nick Patoski

It’s almost certain that Hudspeth County will soon be the site of a nuclear-waste dump—but officials in neighboring Presidio County think they’re the ones getting dumped on.

Victor Alfaro

Feb 1, 1997 By Brad Tyer

Growing up in Chihuahua, Mexico, Victor Alfaro based his sartorial education on all the American fashion magazines; today the 33-year-old creative director of the New York clothier TSE Cashmere is so busy designing his own line of chic clothes and accessories that he barely has time to read. After a…

Social Climbers

Nov 1, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

This month, a ragtag group of wanderers will descend on Hueco Tanks state park in West Texas, where they’ll spend their nights hanging out and their days hanging on to the most challenging boulders around.

Sam Donaldson

Nov 1, 1996 By Renee Boensch

I started working for radio stations in El Paso at seventeen. I played records and ripped wire copy off the United Press International or the Associated Press wires and read it. Then, in 1954, television came to town; so my last year of college I worked for a local TV…

Dual in the Sun

Nov 1, 1996 By Shaila Dewan

What do the sculptures of Jim Magee and the paintings of Annabel Livermore have in common? Nothing—except that they were created by the same person.

Mesilla Real Soon

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

The time is ripe, and so are the chiles: This tiny, homey town in New Mexico is the ideal spot for a fall weekend getaway.

Shooting on the Border

Jul 31, 1996 By Gregory Curtis

THERE IS AN OBLIGATORY SCENE in every movie about the border between Texas and Mexico: A man draws a line in the dirt with his boot. The line means something different in each movie, and yet, there it is, a narrow little rut in the ground that the characters gesture…

CD and Book Reviews

Jun 30, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Braver Newer World (Elektra) might well be the record that Jimmie Dale Gilmore has always wanted to make. A radical departure in both instrumentation (the sitar and fuzz guitars of the title track) and arrangements (the overhaul of Joe Ely’s “Because of the Wind”), it’s the closest the…

Carrillo’s Crossing

Dec 1, 1995 By Robert Draper

In the bloddy billion-dollor business of drug trafficking, Amado Carrillo Fuentes is king. He is the elusive ringleader of a smuggling operation that police on both sides of the border are powerless to stop.

The Good Old Boy

Dec 1, 1995 By Anne Dingus

After four decades of writing classic Texas novels, there’s no denying that San Angelo’s Elmer Kelton has earned his Spurs.