Novel Approach

Joanne Herring’s Wars

Those craving simplicity should forego the irrepressible Joanne King Herring’s vastly pleasurable new memoir, Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroo...Read More

Becoming Jane Fonda

ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE THINGS ABOUT Patricia Bosworth’s moving new biography, Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, is discovering that just abo...Read More

Giant Scandal

Though it now boggles the mind, when Edna Ferber’s classic potboiler Giant was first published in 1952, it scandalized Texans from the Pecos to the Sabine. Cr...Read More

Street Fighting Woman

Houston’s Rothko Chapel is a sublimely complex institution—part world-renowned modern art museum, part ecumenical center, part human rights forum.  And...Read More

Schools of Hard Knocks

Since 1954, The Texas Observer, headquartered in Austin, has specialized in fearless, award-winning investigative reporting and great writing about the stranges...Read More

The First and Only

February 21 marked what would have been the 75th birthday of late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, had she not passed away in 1996 at the tragically young age of 5...Read More

Girlfriend Weekend

Personally, I’ve always been a little skeptical of “literacy campaigns,” particularly when conducted by politicians and their mealy-mouthed spouse...Read More