Dianna Wray

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  • 11 months ago | Longform

    It was like landing on the moon. The thought ricocheted through Joleena Malugani's mind as she took in the vast, dusty expanse of the corner of West Texas claimed by Midland and Odessa. Malugani was fresh out of college when she came across an Ect...

  • 1 year ago | Longform

    Correction: (March 9, 2015) In the story below, we incorrectly state the charges to which Matthew Bovee pleaded guilty. Bovee pleaded guilty to injury to a child, a third-degree felony. Mark smashed his ear to the phone. Even in the crowded cafete...

  • 7 years ago

    I didn't believe I was going to jail—actual jail—until the door to the women's holding tank in the Denton City Jail shut behind me and I stood there facing a room lined with slim metal bunks, two occupied by my cellmates. I sat down on...

  • 7 years ago

    With their skinny suits, hook-happy songs and penchant for handclapping, it's tempting to write Locksley off as a group not to be bothered with. But don't let the glossy clarity of their album Don't Make Me Wait fool you; while a little too neat a...

  • 7 years ago

    The first time I heard James McMurtry's music, I groaned to myself, wished for some Hank Williams instead and dismissed it quite quickly. The second time I heard it, I actually started listening. The third time I came across his songs, I was hooke...

  • 7 years ago

    Pops Carter looks every bit the part of a funk god in his crushed velvet purple suit, dark sunglasses and wide fedora, but don't let the outfit fool you: Carter's a bluesman at heart, and when he takes the stage with his band the Funkmonsters, his...