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Posts Tagged: Texas
We moved to Dallas from a small market town in the middle of England. We spent our first Christmas in America driving around our adopted Texan neighborhood, noses pressed against the car windows, looking at the miles of sparkling houses....more
Now Davis is running for governor of Texas, and you’ll be shocked—shocked!—to learn that conservatives are treating her with as much misogyny as they did during her hours-long filibuster....more
We’ve written before about the blossoming Austin publishing scene, particularly the small press A Strange Object and their first title, Three Scenarios in which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce.
Now the New York Times is taking notice, too (about a year later than us, but hey, nobody’s perfect)....more
I can’t tell you how much these guys scared Nashville. Texans didn’t know who was boss.
Texas Monthly has a must-read oral history of the creation of a new type of country music in Austin in the ’70s.
Musicians like Steve Earle, Jerry Jeff, and, of course, Willie Nelson describe in their own words the moment when they smashed hippies and rednecks together and made magic....more
I was new to Austin and to adulthood, and if adulthood meant dressing up in pencil skirts and suffering, well, I’d pretend that was as glamorous as it looked in old movies. I didn’t care. I loved it. I’d kiss it like the girl in the song kissed ice and dirt....more
Bad news first: There are 49 libraries in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Twenty-two of them are about to be closed. Some last-minute budget rearrangements might save six of those, but that will leave sixteen—one-third of the county’s libraries—on the chopping block.
A tax hike would have saved the libraries—along with several emergency rescue vehicles and the jobs of a few hundred county employees—but it proved too unpopular....more
It was an experience unlike any I’ve had—a moment when my voice and my body made a real, physical difference for something I believed in. It was electrifying and beautiful and visceral and sad, and, ultimately, successful. The bill didn’t pass....more
Tuesday night Texas women fought to take our bodies back. Not just our individual bodies, but the metaphorical ones that theoretically represent us by proxy: the House, the Senate, the body politic....more
Texas State Senator (and now folk hero) Wendy Davis filibustered the bill for close to thirteen hours under the state legislature’s stringent rules: no sitting, leaning, drinking water, using the bathroom, or speaking about subjects not germane to the topic at hand....more
Despite valiant efforts from protesters and pro-choice politicians, Texas’s state House of Representatives has “tentatively approved” the ultraconservative anti-abortion Senate Bill 5, the Texas Tribune reports. The bill
would ban abortion at 20-weeks gestation, require physicians that perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, require abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and require doctors administering abortion-inducing drugs to do so in person.
We hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. We certainly did—we chowed down on delicious Rumpus features....more
I joined the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department six months ago. So far, I have been to zero fires—the West Texas wildfire season doesn’t really pick up until spring—and two fire training courses....more
Remember “spinster aunt and gentleman farmer” Twisty Faster?
Her blog I Blame the Patriarchy, a perpetual source of fantastic writing and radical feminism, has grown quieter and quieter these past several months, due, according to her sidebar, to “[t]he crushing demands of patriarchy blaming.” We can all relate....more
Bruce Machart’s debut novel channels Cormac McCarthy, while narrating a Southern gothic tale centered around women....more
A month ago, I blogged about an attempt by the Christian fundamentalist community in Texas to change the history and social sciences curricula for K-12 textbooks. There’s been a fair amount of reporting on the story since then, most recently in the NY Times, and the changes that have been pushed through so far are disturbing....more
“All of us, all the time, are searching for some order in the world/universe/our lives. We’re searching for guiding principles and explanations. Especially in times of stress, we tend to find sayings, aphorisms, mantras to help guide us.”...more
Zak Smith: There’s a lot of “stoner” art being made these days–like some half-assed faux-naive drawing of a yeti riding a bicycle into a bee’s butt or something. Your work isn’t like that–yet it does seem to have something to do with the kind of doom/stoner metal being put out by like Sleep or Electric Wizard or Monster Magnet back when they were good–can you talk about this stoner aesthetic or mood? About paranoia? About hallucination, paranoia, altered perceptions of time–anything like that?...more