Monthly Archives: May 2009

Review

In a 1981 Paris Review interview, Donald Barthelme averred that his life’s story “would not sustain a person’s attention for a moment.” Perhaps he intended to excuse the absence of obviously biographical material in his work. Barthelme was, after all, …

Editorial

I know it’s not polite to bring this up, but Dick Cheney is part-Texan by choice. When he was heading Halliburton in the 1990s, the Cheney clan occupied some 4,700 square feet of Highland Park until Dick convinced his li’l …

Back of the Book

Bud Shrake wrote, in the December 27, 1974, issue of this magazine, about “The Screwing Up of Austin.” Prefacing the story 35 years later for Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin “Bud” Shrake Reader, he described the syndrome that …

Dialogue

BACK TO THE WELL Great article on the most important topic the Lege is ignoring this year (“Silent Springs,” May 15). We’ve had to be careful with our well for years now during the droughts. We notice the drop in …

If They Build It

With a kick from the muddy bank, our canoe slides into the Trinity River, a narrow strip of murky water canopied by looming black willows. We’ve put in at the Sylvan Avenue boat launch just north of downtown Dallas and …

Dateline

I sit in darkness on the back porch. Cars are in the distance and on nearby streets. Yells come from games in the nearby park. There are periodic yaps from neighborhood dogs. Lillie, the cat, is poised by the honeysuckle …

The Big O

Second in a series on recession-era Texas. ODESSA-Oh, sure. You can laugh about this flat, dry part of the world, where the streets are broad and peppered with pickup trucks and SUVs. But it grows on you. Who needs trees …

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