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the petaled gauntlet Levy once threw down, and in so doing gave Texas writing a kick in the pants that propelled it for years. We know about history, and the doom of those ignorant of it, but does that still apply in the Information Age of Attention Deficit Disorder? I mean, if Deion Sanders can go back to the Cincinnati Reds, and Bill Clinton can get re-elected, and Pamela Lee Anderson can boast about how her biggest assets are completely fake, what difference does it make if a fundamental promise is busted flatter than Corsicana road kill? I mean, this is Texas; we’re all a bunch of blowhards, ain’t we? /figured Ronnie Dugger would turn Shining Path before Mike Levy let a bluebonnet shame the cover of his mag azine. I thought Laura Bush would get a hickey before the anti-matter of the fields filled the TM feature well. I thought the Reverend Criswell would convert to Scientology. I thought Ozzy Osbourne would become a Daughter of the Republic. But really, it was more like waiting for Phil Gramm to turn Republican. By the time it happened, nobody was surprised, and nobody cared. Still, I’m gonna take the March issue, and find a little spot out back and dig out a narrow grave and give the Bluebonnet Manifesto a decent burial. Rod Davis is a former editor of the Observer. His essay, “The Fate of the Texas Writer,” \(Observer, the 1996 PEN Texas award, for the best essay by a Texas writer. Well, that’sokay, Mike, I just called to see You know, if you want the bottom line, it’s funny. We are mortal souls and we laugh at ourselves. You know, we talked about it ourselves and had a good laugh about it. So that was basically the attitude there Yeah, you know, Levy was 26-yearsold when he started the magazine Okay, what have you done with your SON OF DURANGO BY LAURANCE L. PRIDDY A NOVEL OF IMMIGRANT WORKERS IN TEXAS AVAILABLE FROM SUNSTONE PRESS OR FROM AMAZON.COM BOOKSTORE 0011.11Ii 4..111 %Vb . Sea .0 Horse Inn Kitchenettes Cable TV Heated Pool y beside the Gull of Mexico 11 Available for private parties Oa k Unique European Charm cc Atmosphere l a AFFORDABLE RATES ,”Air Pets Welcome t o 1423 1101 S i feet ‘ 1* %A” Port Aransas, TX 78373 w $ lin Reservations ,ief . 0 tplIf 4″ …WIMANA A 0111,_ Air 14gs Ir II, ANDERSON & COMPANY COFFEE TEA SPICES TWO JEFFERSON SOUARE AUSTIN, TEXAS 78731 512-453-1533 Send me your list. Name Street City Zip The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas and The Texas Observer proudly present a reading by award-winning poet Rosemary Catacalos Thursday, March 27 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. Sinclair Suite, 3.128; Texas Union, UT Austin Reception and Booksigning Follow Oil Mustang bland MARCH 28, 1997 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 27