Mary Helen Specht
Leaving Abilene for college after a Christmas vacation 15 years ago, I noticed somebody had blacked out the letter “P” from one of the many bumper stickers I’d affixed to the tail of my beloved clunker. It read: “Doing My … Read More
In the 1920s, a young woman from Abilene shocked the world with her tell-all memoir—and then mysteriously vanished.
In 1987, my mother received a letter from Larry McMurtry inquiring about an obscure Texas author named Edna Gertrude Beasley, and another family obsession was born. My mother, Alice W. Specht, dean of libraries at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and … Read More
It’s counterintuitive but true: In today’s economy, short-story collections sell far fewer copies than novels. Perhaps this partly explains the emergence of publishing’s newest category of “linked stories” or “a novel in stories,” labels basically intended to hoodwink buyers into … Read More
Putting Texas literature in its place.
I was on a farmer’s schedule: down with the dark, up with the dawn. Each morning the sunrise bored through the kitchen window by the cupboards as I boiled water for tea and old-fashioned oatmeal. Sometimes there would be a … Read More