Utopian Aspirations BY KAREN OLSSON The Bullet’s Song: Romantic Violence and Utopia by William Pfaff Simon and Schuster 368 pages, $27.95 illiam Pfaff hates the sin but loves the sinner. In The Bullet’s Song he condemns twentieth-century Europe’s grim history … Read More
It is revealed on the first page of Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel The Feast of the Goat that Urania Cabral, the bitter, driven Dominican-in-exile whose 1996 return to Santo Domingo forms one strand of this carefully braided book, has little … Read More
Writers of America, Unite!
Recently, I ventured into a nearby public elementary school to conduct a “writer’s workshop” for fourth and fifth graders. Organized several years ago by a few dedicated parents, who enlist a dozen local writers to come teach for a morning, … Read More
Jesus, dinosaurs, and the resurrection of the musical in tourist-happy Somervell County.
David L. Humphrey often seems pleased to find himself wherever he happens to be, and every Saturday in May he finds himself, quite cheerfully, at the Texas Ampitheater in Glen Rose. He is typically equipped with the following: a black … Read More
A new method of making methamphetamine is turning run-of-the-mill addicts into drug manufacturers. In North Texas, the kingpins are living out of their cars.
Amphetamine and methamphetamine are simple molecules. Diagrammed on paper, amphetamine looks like a hexagon with a forked tail. Its skeleton is just a ring of six carbon atoms, with two more carbon atoms attached to the ring, and then a … Read More
A look at our newest crop of State Representatives
Our legislators have once again arrived in Austin. They have once again forsaken their comfortable homes in Palestine and Euless and Voss for barren, overpriced Austin apartments, left their friends and family to hang out with the likes of Representatives … Read More