Cecily Sailer

Freelance writer Cecily Sailer lives in Austin.

By Cecily Sailer:


Talking Texas with Gail Collins

In her new book, As Texas Goes… How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, New York Times columnist Gail Collins examines the political influence of Texas on the nation. The Texas Observer interviewed Collins during her book tour … Read More


An Incomplete Portrait of Texas

New York Times columnist Gail Collins noticed a certain intrigue about Texas in 2009 when Gov. Rick Perry made this now famous suggestion at a tea party rally in Austin: If Washington, D.C., becomes too much to bear, Texas might … Read More


Lessons from the New Deal

Steven Fenberg’s Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good arrived on bookshelves late last year. It’s timing was apt, if accidental. National economic figures showed little change or promise, occupiers had colonized city parks decrying income inequality, and … Read More


Jesse Jones and the Making of Houston

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith said of Houston entrepreneur Jesse H. Jones, “If he hadn’t existed he would have had to be invented, and that would have been some job.” Steven Fenberg’s recent book, Unprecented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the … Read More