Life in the Dead Zone

An ailing Texas fishing industry contends with the threat of hypoxia in the Gulf.

The Observer Recommends: Short Story Edition

Last year, the Observer’s Emily DePrang called George Saunders on the phone to talk about Tenth of December: Stories, his most recent work. She […]

Greg Abbott Attacks Wendy Davis at Anti-Abortion Event

At an anti-abortion rally in Austin today, Greg Abbott blasts Wendy Davis, his presumed opponent for governor, for her positions on abortion.

Observer Radio Episode 42: The Wendy Davis Kerfuffle

Editor Dave Mann and staff writer Patrick Michels cover a lot of ground including Wendy Davis’ origin story, Texas’ school finance trial, and frackquakes.

WTF Friday: Evolution, Or Something Like It

Dan Patrick invents some scary stats, Louie Gohmert gets schooled and Bill Zedler spells out the tea party meme of the week in plain English.

Farewell to Texas Troubadour Steven Fromholz

Texas songwriter and wordsmith Steven Fromholz died in a hunting accident this past Sunday, Jan. 19, at age 68, when a rifle he was […]

Texas Segment of Keystone XL Pipeline Starts Flowing

Despite Texas landowners’ attempts to stop it, the southern segment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline starts delivering oil to Texas refiners today.

Poems Old and New from Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos

2013 Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, a longtime San Antonio resident of Mexican and Greek heritage, makes frequent use of the Ariadne myth in […]

Poems New and Old from Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos

2013 Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, a longtime San Antonio resident of Mexican and Greek heritage, makes frequent use of the Ariadne myth in […]

What Does Judge Denise Pratt Have to Do to Lose Her Job?

Harris County family court judge Denise Pratt has been plagued by scandal, bad press and even official reprimands. Come March 4th, will it matter?