Geoff Rips

Geoff Rips is a former editor of the Texas Observer.


For Whom the Phone Rings

And how the other 60 percent really lives

Overcoming the Abuse of Rank I am an invisible man…. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse … Read More


In Memoriam

Remembering Maury Maverick, Jr.

Maury was the only person I’ve ever known who made being cantankerous a virtue. Maury looked at the world from an oblique angle. You could see it in the way he stood, one hand in his pocket, his head cocked … Read More


Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

The Emerging Democratic Majority Here’s the feel-good political book to read if you’re still waiting for the hangover of the 2002 elections to dissipate. John Judis (former Washington correspondent for In These Times and a senior editor of the New … Read More


Book Review

Whitewater Rafting Through History

Driven Wild: How the Fight Against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History The Measure Of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600 Ecological Imperialism:The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 Al Crosby seeks answers to the … Read More


Jewish Stars in Texas

From the frontier to the modern suburbs of Dallas, Hollace Weiner’s new study covers 100 years of Jewish history in Texas, organized around the story of 11 rabbis, each a pioneer of Texas Judaism. If you’re expecting to find gun-toting, … Read More


A Quiet Revolution

It doesn’t look like the site of a revolution – even a quiet one. As self-effacing, middle-aged principal Salvador Flores stands in the doorway of fifty-year-old Palmer Elementary School greeting students and their parents, you’d be hard-pressed to imagine him … Read More


The Shark That Never Sleeps

FORTRESS AMERICA: The American Military and the Consequences of Peace. Remember the peace dividend? Are you still looking for yours? Don’t wait up. The American military establishment — which William Greider defines as the “interlocking structure of armed forces, industrial … Read More


Pedagogy of the Organized

If you’re looking for the heart of the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation network, you’ll find an absolute commitment to teaching and learning. The network’s founding organizer, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., once almost got himself a Ph.D., and he’s envisioned the I.A.F. … Read More