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A Feminist Rewrite of Lot

by | Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 8:00 am CST
Tejano singer Selena performs at the Astrodome during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 26, 1995. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, John Everett)

Selena’s Life and Legacy in Corpus Christi

Tejano history and women’s history professor Cynthia E. Orozco spoke to the Observer about Selena’s life as a new series streams on Netflix.

Few people have left as indelible a mark on Texas—and the world—as musician Selena Quintanilla. Cynthia E. Orozco, a professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University, knows this intimately. Orozco has written about Selena for the Texas State Historical … Read More

Zac Crain's reflection in a puddle in downtown Dallas.

The Flâneur of Downtown Dallas

Zac Crain has spent four years getting to know the nooks and crannies of the Big D, which he documents in his new book, A Pedestrian’s Recent History of Dallas.

Within Texas circles, Dallas gets a bad rap. It is, some say, not as weird as Austin, as sophisticated as Houston, as beautiful as San Antonio, as historic as El Paso. A TV show with its namesake is an ode … Read More

At the Eloise Woods Natural Burial Park in Bastrop, bodies are buried in biodegradable containers.

How to Die in Texas

The funeral industry has long been characterized by shady practices. In Texas, the bereaved are starting to look for new options.

In 2017, in a tiny cemetery called St. Mary’s in a tiny Texas town called Frydek, Eric Keyes prepared to bury his mother. She’d died two days earlier, at 2:30 p.m. on a Monday. It wasn’t a surprise—Keyes’ parents had … Read More

Anjimile Chithambo.

Musician Anjimile on Leaving Texas, Getting Sober, and Blowing Up

The Richardson-born singer-songwriter released his debut album in September.

Anjimile Chithambo knows what it takes to heal. Over the last few years, the 27-year-old Richardson-raised musician has reckoned with addiction, spirituality, and his gender identity—and made it to the other side. Those journeys, and their conclusions, are laid bare … Read More

Toshi Reagon's billboard.

Resistance Through Billboard Art

Musician Toshi Reagon created an image on display in Houston calling for civic engagement through art.

Toshi Reagon doesn’t stop. The Brooklyn-based musician hosts music festivals, collaborates with dance companies, writes operas—her last project was an opera based on Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, co-written with her mom—and performs. Reagon’s most recent project is … Read More


Poet Alok Vaid-Menon on Protest Art and Immigrant Detention

“So often the way that racism operates is through patriotism. ... I actually think there’s a way to be proud of this country in terms of inclusivity and intersectionality.”

Alok Vaid-Menon has always liked to surprise people with poetry. As a high school student in College Station, they printed out poems and distributed them through classrooms and hallways. In college, they would jump up on cafeteria tables to deliver … Read More

Police clash with protestors in downtown Austin Sunday afternoon.
Human Rights

The Protests Against Police Brutality in Texas, in Photos

Demonstrations against police brutality took place in cities large and small across Texas this weekend.

The Protests Against Police Brutality in Texas, in Photos Demonstrations against police brutality took place in cities large and small across Texas this weekend. June 1, 2020 A wave of protests swept across Texas cities this weekend to oppose police … Read More

generic bookstore

What’s a Bookstore for?

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, booksellers were facing razor-thin margins, an uncertain future, and the threat of Amazon.

The people who work in bookstores are, by and large, very brilliant. My co-workers at BookPeople, a large independent bookstore in Austin, were no exception. I started on Halloween in 2016 and worked my last shift on December 24, 2019. … Read More

healthcare workers wearing face masks
Health Care

Mapping the Number of COVID-19 Cases in Texas per Doctor

Many counties with limited medical resources—including no primary care physicians—now have COVID-19 cases.

Only a month after the first COVID-19 death occurred in rural Matagorda County, reported cases had already spread to 198 counties as of April 21. And cases are rising quickly in rural areas with limited medical resources: in East Texas, … Read More