Monthly Archives: March 2009

Jim Hightower

The U.S. is scolding Mexico. Again. Washington officials are expressing alarm that Mexico’s government is at risk of a “rapid and sudden collapse” because it is losing control of territory to drug cartels, allowing drug-gang violence to spread out of …

Reading

Applied in admiration or disdain, “accessible” is among the truest claims to be made for the poetry of Charles Simic, Pulitzer Prize winner and 2007’s national poet laureate. At their best, Simic’s poems are observant mediations on the unseen and …

Review

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Most of us still have in our heads images of the flooding of New Orleans and its neighboring parishes, and the suffering of people stranded in their devastated city. We also …

Back of the Book

“Oh Daniel, Daniel, Daniel, Daniel … Please … Do grow up. My new world demands less obvious heroism, making your schoolboy heroics redundant.” —Big-brained villain Ozymandias to out-of-retirement Night Owl, aka Dan Dreiberg, in Watchmen. Were you a comics geek …

Bad Bills

CROSSING THE LINE House Bill 1893 Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland Joe Driver, a Republican state representative from Garland and concealed handgun license holder, takes umbrage at “an imaginary line” around college campuses inside of which he cannot pack heat. He’s …

Bad Bills

CROSSING THE LINE House Bill 1893 Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland Joe Driver, a Republican state representative from Garland and concealed handgun license holder, takes umbrage at “an imaginary line” around college campuses inside of which he cannot pack heat. He’s …

Storm Over UTMB

“UT stops for no Storm!” – UT Board of Regents Chairman Beauregard Bryan in a telegram to UTMB after the Galveston hurricane of Sept. 8, 1900. “We regret to inform you that [your] UTMB physician will be discontinuing his/her professional …

The Thin Blue Lie

About a year ago, when freelance writing seemed especially precarious and a dying newspaper industry offered no easy refuge, I began to think maybe the Houston Police Department and I could work out a deal. The department was desperate for …

Commentary

So you think you know everything about Texas since you live here and went to school here and took two years of Texas history (probably from a football coach)? But this is a big state, a deeply strange state-and coach …

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