David Duhr

David Duhr
David Duhr is the Observer's copy editor.

Company Men

by | Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 8:02 am CST

Announcing the Eighth Annual Observer Short Story Contest

Send us your stories, writers!

In “Muriel,” Wendy Lerner Lym’s 2017 Texas Observer Short Story Contest prize-winning story, the narrator spends full days watching YouTube videos and then, after ordering something called an edible water ball, watches the driveway for several more days, waiting for … Read More

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Send Us Your Stories, Writers

We're now taking submissions for our sixth annual short story contest.

The Observer's sixth annual short story contest opens for submissions. Read More


The Afghanistan Addiction

Former Navy medic Brandon Caro's new novel provides a look into what it’s like to be a non-combatant in a conflict in which there’s no such thing.

Caro is far from self-indulgent here; the disorientation he engenders in the reader is carefully orchestrated, and he rises to a challenge O’Brien lays out in The Things They Carried: “It comes down to gut instinct. A true war story, if truly told, makes the stomach believe.” Read More

Debra Monroe's 'My Unsentimental Education' book cover, featuring a dress form wearing pearls.

In ‘My Unsentimental Education,’ a Professor Finds a New Path

Raised to be a wife, Debra Monroe remembers her fits-and-starts journey from Wisconsin to San Marcos, a world away from her family's expectations.

Debra Monroe claims not to be a trailblazer, but I’m willing to bet this paycheck that no one else has beaten a path from Spooner, Wisconsin to San Marcos via Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Manhattan, Kansas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and … Read More

Blogs, Press Releases

Storytime: Calling for Short Story Contest Entries

The Texas Observer is holding a short story contest seeking original stories from writers both near and far. Submit your story today for the chance to be in our annual October Books Issue and subsequent publication online. Read More


Independent Publishers Make their Presence Felt at the 2014 Texas Book Festival

When the estimated mob of 40,000 descends on the Texas statehouse this weekend for the Texas Book Festival, five of the state's independent publishers hope at least a few members of the crowd will be there to hear their authors speak. After all, how often does an independent press in Texas get a chance to reach 40,000 potential readers? Read More