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“You low down nigger trying to show off your authority,” begins a death threat Barbara Jordan received while serving in Congress. “We are coming […]


It was when his boss called him an Indian that it stuck. “Te portes como some stupid pinche huevón Yaqui.” He was only three […]

Jewish Stars in Texas

From the frontier to the modern suburbs of Dallas, Hollace Weiner’s new study covers 100 years of Jewish history in Texas, organized around the […]

My Brother’s Keeper

He must make grunting noises and skin goats with a flint. He must chase bugs, work on pictographs, and spend long hours pretending to […]

Friends of the Dinosaurs

MIT Press Some 50 miles south of Fort Worth, near the town of Glen Rose, there is a fossil record of side-by-side human and […]

Arms and the Woman

Marlys West is a woman obsessed with limbs. In her story, “The Church of Fat Lucky,” which won an Austin Chronicle Short Story Award […]

Writing Around Politics

Around 2 o’clock that afternoon, the protesters filed loosely up the Capitol ground’s main drive, and that’s when the Texas Book Festival started to […]

Review of “Fame at Last”

The most jarring line in my 1983 obituary in the Liberty Vindicator was the one that informed readers that I had died in Liberty. […]

So Pass By, Already

Boone’s Lick The Borderland In Cadillac Jack, the best novel Larry McMurtry ever wrote, the eponymous Jack helps arrange a gallery show in Washington, […]


Twice a year we endeavor to bring you an issue devoted solely to books and nothing else. Here we have failed again. As correspondent […]