Geoff Rips

Geoff Rips is a novelist and a former editor of The Texas Observer.

By Geoff Rips:

Politics

Walking the Walk

Somewhere near the intersection of the practice of democracy and the money-logged electoral politics of a flagging empire, the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation network held a statewide conference to promote its agenda for the upcoming elections and biennium and to … Read More

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Not This Time?

The first week in October found the Republican message peppered with not-very-subtle code meant to enliven the racist vote. Sarah Palin told us that Barack Obama “is not a man who sees America like you and I see America.” When … Read More

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Counted Out?

Economic levees have burst. The water’s pouring in, and we’re being herded toward the Superdome, where we’ll be asked to sacrifice while lords of Wall Street hammer Congress to recognize the economic high ground as their birthright. Pretty serious stuff. … Read More

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Unreality TV

Apparently, John McCain won’t let Sarah Palin out of his sight. They’re together everywhere you look. That short leash will make campaigning in all the key states difficult. But she’s got to be trained to talk to the press. I … Read More

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Ronnie & Lyndon: Speaking Truth to Power

In this issue, we observe the 100th birthday of Lyndon Johnson with a memoir by Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger about the personal and public relationship between the young editor and one of the most powerful men in America. It’s … Read More

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The Confusion Campaign

As we approach the national political conventions, we all know this promises to be a mean season. Has America transcended its racist past? We’re about to find out. Or are we? The landscape is already so littered with political detritus … Read More

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The Miracle of la Soledad

The following excerpt is from The Truth, a novel to be published this month by New Issues Poetry & Prose. It is written in the voice of Chuy Pingarrón, a palsied hunchback who spends his days on the front porch … Read More

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Afterword

Take 7: The World According to Marsh

1. When the world is right, when the music of the planets sets up a certain vibration, when the raucous strings of cicadas reach their apex and then begin to fall, some of the best jazz musicians in Texas and … Read More

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