Spike Gillespie

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Facing Death, Embracing the Life Cycle

by Spike Gillespie | Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 14:50 CST

Harolding the Times

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Help us win $5,000 from NetSquared to involve citizens in watchdogging the Texas Legislature! It’s election season. Vote for The Texas Observer! We’re participating in a great TechSoup initiative to publicize and fund social justice projects. A couple of the … Read More


Good for the Soil

I have a vague childhood memory in which I proclaimed I might like to be a farmer. Though I grew up to be a committed urbanite, to this day I romanticize life on a farm. I grow herbs and vegetables … Read More


The Word of God

I came to Mary Karr’s new memoir, Lit, lugging a bumpy suitcase full of emotions and expectations. Could she really have more to tell after two previous best-selling memoirs, or was this just the fulfillment of a book contract? Her … Read More



I recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of my “gay” marriage. This is a little odd for me, not because gay marriage is so hotly contested, but because I am not gay. After two divorces, I am even less marriage-interested than … Read More


Bigger than France

Peddling books in a state full of stories

When my third book came out last year, I was thrilled when my publisher announced I would be going on tour, giving readings in Manhattan, San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, and Seattle. Then they told me my budget: $1,000. A whopping … Read More