Mary Helen Specht

  • Woody Guthrie

    Woody Lived Here Too

    Woody Guthrie's House of Earth reminds us of the hardships people endured to make this state what it is, and of the populist roots that run through our past, whether chambers of commerce deign to recognize them or not. Full Story

  • – I’d Give You a True Word : How Michael Ventura Speaks to My Texas

    Leaving Abilene for college after a Christmas vacation 15 years ago, I noticed somebody had blacked out the letter “P” from one of the […] Full Story

  • The Disappearance of Gertrude Beasley

    In 1987, my mother received a letter from Larry McMurtry inquiring about an obscure Texas author named Edna Gertrude Beasley, and another family obsession […] Full Story

  • Prairie Renaissance

    After so many years away from Abilene, I had almost begun to believe that the stories I told about my hometown were the only […] Full Story

  • Jeweled Betrayals

    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 […] Full Story