Debbie Nathan

Debbie Nathan is a writer who has lived on and off in El Paso for over four decades.
Ties That Bind

Essay: Ties That Bind

Driving last year into one of the poorest, most violent slums of Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican border metropolis known worldwide as “Murder City,” my taxi driver hunched over the steering wheel and gripped it tight. Read More


This American Life

Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-speaking United States Mexican New York: On a road trip through the Midwest boonies in the early 1990s, I was astonished to see signs plastered in Liberal, Kansas, advertising a local … Read More


Truth of the Matter

Trail of Feathers: Searching for Phil True. A Reporter’s Murder in Mexico and His Editor’s Search for Justice In 1998 Phil True, a good-looking, hippie-ish foreign correspondent for the San Antonio Express-News, vanished while backpacking alone in the Sierra Madre … Read More


A Butter Take on Texas History

A Butter Take on Texas History BY DEBBIE NATHAN A Journey through Texas: Or a Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier By Frederick Law Olmsted University of Nebraska Press 539 pages, $21.95 A Journey through Texas: Or a Saddle-Trip on the … Read More



Jessica Wicks and Robin Manhart were a number. A lesbian number. They wanted to tie the knot so they went to the county building for a marriage license. No problem: A clerk filled out forms and two dykes were free … Read More


Drawing on the Right Side

Delegates and protesters duke it out: Who draws the best map of Texas?

Outside the RNC, angry protesters from Texas cursed GOP delegates from Texas as fanatics, elitists, and deceivers. Inside, at Madison Square Garden and endless parties, delegates rolled their eyes and called protesters everything from naive to girlie to terrorists. The … Read More


The Face Maker

Combining science, art, and intention, Frank Bender tries to restore identity in Juarez

Frank Bender is an East Coast native who knows maybe four words of Spanish and not much more about countries where Spanish is spoken. Lately, though, he’s become obsessed with Ciudad Juarez: with bringing the women murdered there back from … Read More


Lone Done Gone

A revisionist historian tackles the curse of T.R. Fehrenbach

Lone Done Gone A revisionist historian tackles the curse of T.R. Fehrenbach BY DEBBIE NATHAN Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star StateBy Randolph B. CampbellOxford University Press500 pages, $35 few years ago I was traveling Texas’ Ivory … Read More