Harold Simmons, 82, who in the last presidential election became the most prolific political donor in the country, died Saturday at the Baylor University Medical Center. His legacy is complicated -- at once toxic, literally and figuratively, and marked by laudable philanthropy. He grew up in Golden ... More >>
Last week, in an interview with the New Republic, President Obama said something about his love for skeet shooting, the subtle art of throwing a clay disk up in the air and shooting the hell out of it. "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," the president told the magazine. He was tr ... More >>
So it's been easy to get bogged down in the last few days with questions like "Holy shit! Jennifer Sprague is making how much?" and "Wait, you think us media types are blowing this salary thing out of proportion because Jennifer Sprague is young and blond and has boobs?" But, remember, there are ne ... More >>
Long-haired dreamer has predictably profound effect on his siblings.
Two days before Christmas, while addressing the controversy surrounding President-elect Barack Obama's decision to have Rick Warren deliver the inaugural invocation, John McWhorter wrote in The New Republic, "Suppose Obama had invited black megastar preacher T.D. Jakes instead." Turns out, Obama has ... More >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes My old friend Elvis Mitchell was in town on Friday, conducting an interview for a sequel to his 2008 star-studded documentary The Black List: Volume One, bought by HBO shortly before making its Sundance Film Festival in January. There will be two locals in the follow-up, which debu ... More >>
The latest issue of The New Republic wonders, quite simply, "What will happen when America can't afford to fly?" And no, surprisingly, the answer isn't, "Transporters." It's a little more doom-and-gloom-scented, as Bradford Plumer takes a look at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and portrays ... More >>
To his friends, this is Fred Krupp. To his enemies, reports The New Republic, he's Fred Corrupt. In the new issue of The New Republic, there's a lengthy (subscription-only) profile of Fred Krupp -- president of Environmental Defense and the man behind TXU's $45-billion sale to Kohlberg Kravis Robert ... More >>
Resurrecting the Champ gets journalism right, and that's a grind
This propaganda is on the Council on American-Islamic Relations' watch list. Because, that's why. Less than two weeks after kicking off its "nationwide discussion of 'Islamophobia'" in Dallas, the Washington-based nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations held a similar event yesterday at the ... More >>
Billy Ray takes on another liar: FBI traitor Robert Hanssen
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
It's overpriced, it's gaudy and we have to put it on a credit card. Yep, that Calatrava bridge says Dallas all over.
Is George W. Bush a conservative? Author Bruce Bartlett doesn't think so,
and saying that cost him his job.
Suspension bridge of disbelief
And other New Year’s resolutions we’re not sticking with
A dirty journo gets busted in Shattered Glass
Plus: Sack of Kittens
Leon Kossoff's copies from old masters plumb the power of the artist's mark
Sure, this column is full of cuss words and self-indulgence. So was my old paper.
Texas Monthly's new man has plan: long stories, pop culture, and don't suck
Stonewall Jackson's House would be politically incorrect, but Jimmy hates that term
Emma writer-director Douglas McGrath jumps from Midland to Jane Austen
Crippled children are the latest fund-raising ticket for a controversial Palestinian foundation
Why do we love Washington's most hated politician?