Karl Richter

Karl Richter is a writer and journalist in Texarkana.

Lady Bird Johnson Was About More Than Wildflowers

by | Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 8:00 am CST
family separations

In ‘Separated,’ One Journalist’s Close-up View of the Family Separation Crisis

Jacob Soboroff’s new memoir is a thorough account of how such a cruel policy came to be and how it traumatized hundreds of children and their families.

After a bitterly contested Supreme Court justice confirmation, a midterm election, the release of the Mueller Report, presidential impeachment proceedings, a global pandemic, and a mass uprising for policing reform, the heart-wrenching human rights crisis that unfolded on the southern … Read More

first baptist, robert jeffress

How Christian Nationalism Moved from the Fringe to the White House

Katherine Stewart’s The Power Worshippers exposes the Christian right’s attempts to revise history and create an American theocracy.

After Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast in 2017, three affected churches sued FEMA, claiming the agency’s policy against providing relief funds to religious organizations was discriminatory. The matter was resolved when a pressure campaign by political figures associated with … Read More

Janis Joplin, pictured here in New York City in 1969, embraced a bohemian appearance and style.

Janis Joplin’s Inimitable Voice

An authoritative new biography explores what drove the iconic Texan singer.

Texas-born rock icon Janis Joplin has been one of American culture’s most compelling figures for more than 50 years, in large part because of the intrigue she presents: Just who was this storm of a singer, and just what inside … Read More

Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Texas Flood album release show in 1983.
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‘Texas Flood’ is a Soulful Portrait of Stevie Ray Vaughan

A new biography captures Vaughan’s journey from record-obsessed Dallas kid to all-time guitar god, taking care to convey what made his music transcendent.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Ray Vaughan succeeds in just the way it must to reach both Vaughan’s fans and those first learning why he’s a shoo-in for a Mount Rushmore of Texas music. By collecting the … Read More


Tinkering with the Human Heart in ‘Ticker’

Set in Houston, Mimi Swartz’s new book delivers an engrossing human drama populated with off-kilter geniuses.

Early in Mimi Swartz’s fascinating Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart, a surgeon with no good options left cuts out a sheep’s heart and transplants it into a patient lying practically dead on the operating table. It’s a … Read More