Death and Taxes

Maybe the most surprising thing about David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King is how easy a read it is. At 538 pages, it’s anyone’s […]

The Business of Education

In the early 1970s, Frank Erwin dominated higher education in the public University of Texas System of colleges and universities. He was a key […]

Rick Perry for President?

You know it’s presidential election season when talk shows, political blogs, and pundits are well into the winnowing process for potential candidates. With the […]

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Perry’s Response

George W. Bush was the Decider. Rick Perry is the Initiator. And, oh Lord, has Perry initiated one hell of an event. Called “The […]

Presidential Candidate Perry Bombs at National Latino Conference

Thursday in San Antonio, the national press got one of their first honest-to-God looks at Gov. Perry’s presidential potential. They got to evaluate his […]

Steve Earle Visits The Texas Observer

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle sits down with Managing Editor Michael May to talk about his new book, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

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The Houston Kid

Success made Rodney Crowell,but in a roundabout way. The Texas musician, known as a songwriter’s songwriter, has written a memoir about his childhood in […]

Killing the Blues

It’s kind of painful to admit, now that I’ve come to appreciate the late, great blues master. One night in the early ’80s, I […]