Articles tagged: Essay

In a Saturday, June 6, 2020 photo, people walk in Gould Park in Vidor, Texas. Several hundred people came out to the park on Saturday afternoon for a protest and peace march in honor of George Floyd who died while being detained by Minneapolis police. (Fran Ruchalski/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP) by

What the Black Lives Matter Protests Mean for East Texas

Protests where I grew up–where lynchings and KKK marches have occurred in my lifetime–could signal a shift in the region long plagued by racial terror.

The first time I thought I knew someone famous was when I saw a man we called Byrd on television. I lit up. Byrd, a Black man I recognized as a friend of my dad...Read More

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David Bowie in Aztlán

Forty years ago, Chicano students in Crystal City created a Bowie-inspired rock opera.

Forty years ago, Chicano students in Crystal City created a Bowie-inspired rock opera. Teacher Gregg Barrios wonders if his kids influenced the rock genius....Read More

Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas (1984). by

Texas’ Strange Brand of Cool

Revisiting 'Paris, Texas' — the film that made nowhere hip.

'Paris, Texas' invented a certain flavor of Texas cool, an updated take on the archetypes of the state (men wandering out of the desert, trailer-park romance, d...Read More

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The New Migrants

In the harsh post-2008 economy, builders like my father live on the road.

Suddenly, my Dad — a builder — had a home loan, no equity, an ailing wife who couldn’t work, and no job. Now, he makes his living wherever he can....Read More

Our Blue Period, by Sarah Angle by

Our Blue Period

When clinical depression strikes a marriage, the cracks are long and deep.

People with clinical depression are wired differently. In a neurotypical brain, mood-regulating neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine...Read More

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