Driving Us Crazy
Ruminations on the aging of information in the information age
Treasures of the Andes
Peter Yenne has spent the last decade and a half hunting silver treasure in the Andes Mountains, and when he strikes a rich deposit—often in some dusty attic corner or a dirty, disused shed—it’s pure gold.
The Ultimate Chicken
For a short time, sitting there on the stone steps overlooking the valley, I felt as if I were, at once, both chicken and egg.
Be a Poet!
Yes, now you, too, can be a poet with your very own Poetic License!
Notes from Abroad
I will be coming back to Tejas in a week or so. Can’t hack it here. I think I have finally gotten over the thing I had that made me want to be somewhere where nobody else was.
Illegal Alien Checkpoint
As I come out of the west, the first warning is a speed zone sign where no town ever thought to be.
It's strangeness speaks in a voice too hushed to comprehend about the mysteries of the people who built the monumental structures strewn about this dry landscape.
The End at Danbury High
Okay, that one may not have gone down in the annals of rock history, but the events of that evening showed just how outrageous The Doors could be.
On the occasion of getting sick while camping in the Guadalupe Mountains
Jonathan Swift's Satiric Backfire
Is "A Voyage to Laputa" really a progenitor to SF, or is it just a disgruntled rant?
The Oklahoma Kid Meets Frankenstein
I guess it's all Peter Cushing's fault that I am who I am today.
The Plaquemine Ferry
Sometimes passages over the impassable become the most important parts of the journey.
Spring Break 1969
Crazy Glen wanted me to hitchhike to California with him. We were eighteen, in was spring 1969, and it seemed like the thing to do.
Interview with Phillip Lopate
The author of Being with Children, Bachelorhood, and other collections of essays
Interview with Cynthia Macdonald
The author of Amputations, Transplants, (W)holes, and other collections of poems
Interview with Lionel Garcia
The author of Leaving Home, Brush Country, Hardscrub, and other novels
Interview with Marie Ponsot
The author of True Minds and Admit Impediment
Interview with Leon Hale
Prominent Texas columnist, essayist, and novelist
Interview with Michael McClure
Beat poet, playwright, lyricist, and inventor of Beast Language
The Fredericksburg Herb Farm is a little bit of paradise nestled in the Texas Hill Country.
William Marsh Rice
A centennial portrait of the man who founded Rice University
A Little Town Named Rice
The little stadium visible from I-45 may not be as imposing as the one at Rice University, but they have the same source.
A Look Down the Bayou
Sometimes history lies right outside your back door.
The Devil and Strap Buckner
A priceless tall tale featuring Texas legend Strap Buckner
Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution, by James Crisp
The Book of Texas Bays, by James Blackburn
Along Forgotten River: Photographs of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, 1997–2001, by Geoff Winningham
Ephemeral City: Cite Looks at Houston, edited by Barrie Scardino, William F. Stern, and Bruce C. Webb
A University So Conceived: A Brief History of Rice University, by John B. Boles
Pitching Tents, by Gail Mount
Charles Schorre, edited by Jerry Herring
Houston: A Chronicle of the Bayou City, by Stanley E. Siegel and John A. Moretta
Bless the Pure and Humble: Texas Lawyers and Oil Regulation, 1919–1936, by Nicholas George Malavis
Roads to Forgotten Texas, by Joyce Pounds Hardy and Tommy LaVergne
A Browser’s Book of Texas History, by Steven A. Jent
The Shadows and Lights of Waco: Millennialism Today, by James D. Faubion
Austin, Texas, Then and Now: A Photography Scrapbook, by Jeffrey Kerr
Kung Fu's Number Two
David Carradine may just be the second most important actor in martial arts cinema.
Chang San-feng: His Life and Deeds
An apocryphal biography of the legendary founder of tai chi chuan
The Paradox of Violence
Where does the truth of the martial arts lie? Is it in the perseverence and dedication to form or in gut-level spontaneous violence and backlash?
Private Snafu's Hidden War
The famed doofus of WWII propaganda cartoons served purposes patriotic and perfidious
Out of the Blue
We weren't at the Big H Speedway to watch the race. We were here to watch Dennis Hopper blow himself up.
Haunted: No. 10
The apartment's bright and modernity concealed a lurking evil.
One of the sneaky, freaky Shadow People
The Spirit of Bruja Canyon
What was the mysterious figure presiding over the hidden canyon?