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Texas Writers Observed

An alternative waltz across Texas

DAO STROM If you look at her website, you will find two bios for Dao Strom. There is Dao Strom the writer, author of the hauntingly beautiful Grass Roof, Tin Roof (Houghton Mifflin, 2003) and Dao Strom the songwriter and … Read More


Bridegrooms Past and Present

Bridegrooms Past and Present mong the most provocative articles to ever appear in the Observer was Larry McMurtry’s “Ever a Bridegroom: Reflections on the Failure of Texas Literature,” published on October 23, 1981. The article was so provocative, in fact, … Read More


Border Brujo

Just Talk BY STEVE SATTERWHITE LIF is an indispensable talk-radio resource in Dallas. Every day it makes the world a little smarter and much nicer by filling up its listeners’ ears and minds with the wise words of commentators like … Read More


Las Americas

The War Room Goes to La Paz

The War Room Goes to La Paz BY BARBARA BELEJACK n The War Room, the documentary by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus that follows James Carville and George Stephanopoulos during Bill Clinton’s first run for the White House, there’s an … Read More


Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo BY BARBARA BELEJACK The Skin of the Sky By Elena Poniatowska Farrar, Straus & Giroux 336 pages, $25. amá, does the world end over there?” With that deceptively simply question, Elena Poniatowska—one of Mexico’s finest writers and a … Read More



Gracias a la Vida

Gracias a la Vida n a particularly gloomy day last November, I opened an e-mail message that began, “I am Paulina Rabinovich, the daughter of José Rabinovich, the writer who wrote “A Man and His Parrot.” That’s the title of … Read More


On the Road with Che and Al

This is not a story of heroic feats, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and … Read More



Zen and the Art of Exoneration

In 1986 a fire in Iraan, a West Texas town of about 1,000, took the lives of two women in a house where Ernest Willis had been living. The former oilfield worker was accused of setting the fire and in … Read More


Right on the Edge

Interview with Paul Krugman

In April 2003, as TV screens repeatedly showed images of Saddam Hussein’s statue toppling in Baghdad, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was publishing a column that proved to be right on target. “One has to admit that the Bush … Read More