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1,000 Light-Years from Nashville

The quavery voice of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Austin’s cosmic crooner, would make even Hank Williams cry.

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The Business of Begging

Among the the hustlers and the hucksters, there are panhandlers of talent who earn $50, $100 and even more a day. But following a police crackdown, their job has gotten harder.

No Sex. No Drugs. But Rock ’N’ Roll (kind of)

Christian music is the fastest-growing form of popular music, driving its message home to the tune of $750 million a year.

Television Was Never in the Family

Confessions of an author who grew up without watching—or missing—the tube.

Sep 1997

Big Su

Thailand’s blue cotton revolution.

Jun 1992

Virtual Garth

To the legions of country music fans, Fan Fair is their revival meeting.

Jul 1994

Quarterback Shuffle

What’s ahead for the Jets?

Sep 2012

Good Sad

Bill Monroe lives.

The Last Smoke-Filled Room

Politics in a New York City steakhouse.

Crazy Stuff

Mark Fidrych talked to the ball and spoke to us.

Doomed to Die?

Lou Jost studies—and fights for—the rain forest.

You (Bleep)!

The fans’ taunting of athletes keeps getting more and more vile.

Mom vs. the World

She taught Jimmy Connors to play and to win.

A Tune for His Times

The origin of the Sinatra classic, “Nice n’ Easy.”

The Power and Glory of Sportswriting

Celebrating the oft-overlooked literary niche of sportswriting.

Alive and Kicking

Presumed dead in August, the Red Sox are back in their division’s race.

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The Invisible Harpist

For the Vienna Philharmonic, breaking with tradition has brought disharmony.

Mar 1999

The Best Little Ballpark in Texas [or Anywhere Else]

Travel with us to beautiful Kokernot Field, a gem of a place where time has stopped and small-town baseball has been elevated into a work of fine art.

Ray Radigan’s Restaurant

In Wisconsin, there’s a place where a steak still really means something.

Dec 1999

Heart Songs

After a broken marriage, she wrote music of love and loss.

Queen of the Jungle

Sharon Matola, an American biologist and a former lion tamer, single-handedly created the only zoo in Belize.

The House That Rudy Built

The Cyclones hit a grand slam for Coney Island’s economy.

A Bruiser and a Thinker

Soviet Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin is a rare combination of massive physique and imposing intellect.

Gold amid the Coal

Coach Joe Cesari has made Pennsylvania’s rich wrestling tradition even richer.