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The Things We Feared, 2014

As the year 20 and 14 draws, blessedly, to a close, let us reflect on that one thing that brought us together: fear. This was a year that saw a succession of freak-outs, each one eclipsing the next in apocalyptic panic.

The Observer Review: The Long Voyage: Selected Letters of Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1987

Though an East Coaster for most of his life, and a denizen of New York City’s publishing industry for dozens of years, Malcolm Cowley’s impact on the lives and careers of Texas writers Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, Katherine Anne Porter and William Goyen make The Long Voyage important reading for lovers of Texas literature.

2014’s Biggest Local Education Stories

Corruption, cheating and banned books are just a few of the biggest local education stories from Texas in 2014.

Losing Ground

After getting crushed in November, Battleground Texas is fighting for survival and relevance—against other Democrats.

Observer Special: An Interview with Ronnie Dugger

Observer radio sits down with Ronnie Dugger, founding editor of the Texas Observer.

Best of the Observer 2014

Settle in this holiday season with a few of our staff-selected greatest hits from 2014.

The Next 60: Agenda for a New Texas

An idea can change society, and being the people, we have lots of ideas. Let’s look, too, for more good, young new leaders and also some not so young.

Rep. Jason Villalba Disputes ‘License to Discriminate’ Label, Responds to LGBT Critics

State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) remains adamant that a proposed constitutional amendment he filed earlier this month isn’t intended to undermine local ordinances prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination.

The Observer Review: The Purse Bearer, by Joe Holley

The Purse Bearer revolves around a central character, Wily T. Foxx, who is given the opportunity to quit his job collecting animal carcasses for the Texas Highway Department and go to work on the 1980 gubernatorial campaign of Rose Marie “Red” Ryder.

Facing Poverty on the Off-Ramp

Rarely is I-45 a stage for moral quandaries—at least until you exit, stop at the first intersection, and confront an ethical impasse at the underpass. There, at the red light, you face a panhandler.