Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

The Ranger’s Orphan

Lost Books of Texas In 1939, a young newspaper reporter from Brownsville finished a novel he’d been working on for years—a heavily autobiographical coming-of-age story about a rebellious Texas Mexican growing up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley as Anglo-Americans …

Hot on the Press

Some people remember exactly what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was bombed or their whereabouts when JFK was shot. I remember reading my first alternative newspaper. It was 1985, and it was called Public News—a gritty little shoestring tabloid, …

A Splendid Queen

Lost Books of Texas Splendora, Edward Swift’s 1978 masterpiece, is probably the funniest novel you’ll ever read about an East Texas transvestite. It’s the only novel I know that gets the well-armed, Aqua-Netted folks of East Texas in all of …

Four Winter Haiku

What is this other that whispers us toward night, its falling?   Sometimes the gray of trees.  Sometimes only water, because it moves.   Would have found you if I’d looked —there are always more poems.   Imagine a winterway, …

hot list day 79

Day 79 of the 82nd Texas Legislature LINE OF THE DAY “To me, it’s just a tool that prosecutors use to enhance their political careers.” Exonerated death row imate Clarence Brandley on the death penalty. FLOOR PLAY BY ABBY RAPOPORTFor …

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