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Hollywood Babylon

If life were indeed a game, Thomas Henderson’s—crazy with triumphs and reversals and outrageousness—would be a classic.

Nov 2000

Highway Robbery

One man’s painful journey through South Texas’ addiction to asset forfeiture.

Younger Sons

The Runaway Scrape

When Santa Anna’s army neared, what did stalwart Texas colonists do? Run like rabbits.

May 1989

The Blue Norther

Greetings from the Arctic.

Nov 1982

The Bargain of a Lifetime

Quitting smoking was an errant stroll through a maze—and I was the rat.

Dispatches from a Wheelchair

A weeklong journal after a shooting that left the author partially paralyzed.

Jul 1998

Cold Case

Did induced hypothermia save the life—and art—of tejano legend Emilio Navaira?

Apr 2009

Rednecks, Armadillos, and Me

Thirty years ago I told the inside story of the Austin music scene in The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock and received what you might call mixed reviews from some of its subjects. It’s time to revisit those freewheeling years.

Apr 2004

The End of the River

Texas is defined by its legendary waterways, and none has inspired as many cherished myths as the mighty Rio Grande. But after a decade of drought, cut off from its headwaters and sucked dry by irrigation, this Texas treasure is beginning to disappear—and with it, a vital piece of history.

Jan 2003

The Good Doctor

Abraham Verghese has established himself as one of the most gifted writers ever to make Texas his home. Then again, writing is just a hobby compared with his somewhat more ambitious day job: Changing modern medicine as we know it.

Dec 2004

Milligan’s Island

A resonant tenor and a barking delivery set Austin’s Malford Milligan apart from other soul singers—and that’s not the only thing.

Apr 1997

Glory Days

It’s fourth and long for high school football, but filmmakers still love the Friday night lights.

May 1998
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Poison and Pork

A fierce supporter of deregulation and supply-side economics, Tom Delay is a conservative’s dream: fiery, outspoken, and solidly to the right of even Newt Gingrich. But what of his questionable relationship with lobbyist brother Randy?

Sep 1996

Ronnie Earle

His name is on everyone’s lips in Austin and Washington. Ronnie Earle finds that amusing. The politicians and corporations he’s investigating most certainly do not.

Feb 2005

Return to the Gay Place

Forty years ago a little-known writer named Billy Lee Brammer published one of the great political novels of all time. The Gay Place depicts an Austin that no longer exists in a state whose politics have changed completely.

Mar 2001

Big

From Houston to Hollywood, everyone wants a piece of heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman. Fortunately, there’s enough of him to go around.

Feb 1995

Legends of the Fall

Before I spent the day with football old-timers Sammy Baugh, Darrell Royal, Doak Walker, and John David Crow, I figured they’d left the game behind. But they still know how to play.

Nov 1997

The Improbable Rise of Lyle Lovett

After a career singing his own sad, quirky songs, he’s playing tribute to the eccentric bunch of redneck rockers who taught him all about Texas music more than twenty years ago.

Oct 1998

A Heavy Weight

Before he was convicted of rape and hauled off to prison in 1983, Tony Ayala was one of pro boxing’s most prominent stars.

Jan 2000

Me of Little Faith

Sometimes it seemed as if all we ever did in Wichita Falls was go to church twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays. But even though my Church of Christ upbringing never really took, somehow Mother and I eventually found common ground.

Dec 2005

Ann: An Appreciation

She was our governor, but she was my friend.

Nov 2006

The Cult of Keen

Robert Earl Keen has no hits and gets no airplay, but thousands of screaming fans can’t get enough of him—which is why he finally got a major-label deal.

Apr 1996

Gruene Peace

One of the most relaxing destinations in Texas has a famous dance hall, charming inns, fishing, river rafting, and more than a century of history.

Nov 1996