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Chat & Chew With Jim Hightower Purchase or renew a subscription to the’Texas Observer and you could win lunch with Jim Hightower, legendary wit, raconteur, progressive philosopher, and the first radio talk show host fired by Mickey Mouse! The winner gets round-trip airfare to Austin and lunch at Threadgill’s World Headquarters with Jim Hightower, receives a signed copy of his most recent book, There’s’ Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos, and gets to watch the live broadcast of Hightower’s nationally syndicated radio show. So subscribe today! You’ll also save 56% off the cover price. I-II want to subscribe to the Texas Observer. Name Address City/State/Zip 1 year: $24 2 years: $48 111 3 years $72 New Subscription Renewal To be eligible, subscriptions must be received and paid in full by August 15, 1998. The Observer will provide round-trip airfare for one person from any airport served by Southwest Airlines; hotel accommodations are not included. Valid only for full-priced subscriptions \(student-rate subscriptions three-year subscription; in the case of gift subscriptions, the recipient will be entered in the drawing unless the payor, in writing, requests otherwise. Please address all questions to the Texas Observer, . to reveal that Governor George Bush has made improper financial advances to me “fundraising.” I call it unprincipled lust for office. I am not coming forward out of any desire for personal gain, but only so that other Current Residents may not be violated as I was. Of course, I could use a little something to support me in the lifestyle to which I could quickly become accustomed. Shall we say an even $1 million? If my tale of misconduct in high places isn’t enough, I offer to pose nude for the Observer \(just to demonstrate my that would have some effect on your circulation. Not to mention your digestion. Robert L. Blau Austin P.S. In keeping with the new Standards of Clarity for the Humor-Challenged, the above letter is satire. WRITER RECALLED Thanks for the wonderful piece on forgotten Texas novelist Donald Joseph \(“A Forgotten Texas Proust,” by Dwight provides us with some more sketches of neglected or unknown writers from the past. Don Graham Austin CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Great work, as usual! I live in California, but once lived in Austin. Founded Earth First! there back in the early eighties. May return someday. Glad you’re still there. Pasadena, California HARVARD PROSPECTS? Thank you for years of standing up for the little folks! Don’t ever give up to the bigwigs I see future ones here in college, and it’s truly frightening to think that some of them might one day be running our country. Continue the fight! Caroline Kim Cambridge, Massachusetts RHETORICAL QUESTIONS Why do I feel so uneasy in my appreciation of your work? Why did my favorite congressman consent to send kids to Iraq to kill kids over chemicals we sold Saddam, saying, “I just want know how we are going to get our kids out of there?” Why do Democrats continue to vote for budgets that include 250 billion dollars’ worth of military spending, when we can’t afford to build classrooms and buy books? Why are so many Democrats Ivy League lawyers? Eric Nelson Via internet P.S. Why does my appreciation of your magazine make me feel like such a dupe? Write Dialogue The Texas Observer 307 W. 7th St. Austin, TX 78701 [email protected] Readers are invited to submit letters on any subject addressed in the Observer, and we ask that letters generally be brief \(300-500 words at the MAY 22, 1998 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 3