Look, I know I just covered this in a column in the paper, but I can't resist coming back to the theme of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as a so-what clone of the last mayor we had around here, Tom Leppert. The target I find particularly irresistible this time is the group therapy session Rawlin ... More >>
Texas schools earn a couple of mentions in Taylor Branch's explosive article "The Shame of College Sports" in the current Atlantic Monthly. Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-wining civil rights movement historian, piles shame upon shame in calling for an end to the ludicrous fraud of amateur athle ... More >>
I recently traveled with a contingent of Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference attendees to Archer City, where we were supposed to meet with Larry McMurtry and tour his family's ranch before speeding back to cocktail hour in Grapevine. But McMurtry was laid up with an aching eye, and our bus ... More >>
Today's eye-opener is more abstract than a short doc about Willis Winters. Instead, it's a virtual sculpture by noted neon-sign collector, Dan Holzschuh, who counts among his collection's pieces remnants from the old Prince of Hamburgers, the Circle Inn, the Gemini Drive-In and even Jack Ruby's Caro ... More >>
Debbie Dudley Branson Today, reporters were allowed to eavesdrop on the weekly conference call with major donors to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. And Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic Monthly reports back with this gem: Dallas's Debbie Branson, a former president of the state trial bar, implo ... More >>
In her November "Culture and Commerce" column for The Atlantic Monthly, former Dallasite Virginia Postrel complains about the resale value of her Uptown town home -- which is now worth "$6,500 less than we paid for it" in 2000. Why? C'mon, you know why: "The supply of housing in Dallas is elastic. W ... More >>
The lengthy story on T.D. Jakes in the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly is the best story that's appeared on the bishop to date, though that isn't saying much. (The Dallas Observer published the first major article on Jakes in 1996, but he and his ministry have changed a lot since then, so I'm no ... More >>
Followers of Cao Dai, a Vietnamese sect with frail tendrils in Dallas, say their time has come to spread the word. Just ask Victor Hugo.
Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell isn't Carrie Bradshaw. Like, really.
Pauline Kael's For Keeps is a diary of a strange and passionate affair with movies