Texas

Here in Texas, Hell has frozen over

27 February 2021 9:00 am

 Austin ‘If I owned Texas and Hell,’ General Phil Sheridan famously said, ‘I would rent out Texas and live in…

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Is America still a democratic republic?

13 December 2020 6:49 am

‘Disappointed but not surprised.’ I suppose that describes my initial feeling about the summary dismissal by the Supreme Court last…

They think they’re better than you

3 December 2020 8:37 am

Nancy Pelosi’s salon visit. Bill de Blasio’s gym session. Gavin Newsom’s French Laundry soirée. Cockburn can’t even keep up with…

We’re spending lockdown defending a family of mice

11 July 2020 9:00 am

 Austin My first Independence Day in the US for many years. Usually I’d be in Paris avoiding Texas heat. My…

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Where are the deaths?

27 June 2020 1:13 am

The coronavirus doomsayers could not even wait until the fall for the apocalyptic announcements of the dreaded second wave. Because…

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The full story of the ‘second wave’

19 June 2020 4:35 am

Has the second wave of COVID-19 arrived? Or is it time to fully reopen the country? It depends where you…

Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

16 May 2020 9:00 am

The music of the Beastie Boys was entirely an expression of their personalities, a chance to delightedly splurge out on…

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Elon Musk slays California’s anti-business beast

15 May 2020 6:49 am

After a lengthy battle with public health officials in Alameda County, California, Elon Musk has emerged victorious. Tesla — the…

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What is Michael Bloomberg thinking?

4 March 2020 1:54 pm

There are lies, damned lies, and data in politics. Everyone presumed a man as well-resourced as Michael Bloomberg had run…

Tame family dramas: Christmas in Austin, by Benjamin Markovits, reviewed

14 December 2019 9:00 am

My partner’s brother once found himself accidentally locked into his flat on Christmas Day, which meant having to spend it…

Michael Moorcock: Why banning opioids has been a disaster for me

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Returning to the United States a short while ago I received a stern talking to from an immigration officer. Why…

Midwinter murders: the best Christmas thrillers

9 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s difficult to keep a crime series going after 11 books but Boris Akunin manages it well in All the…

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…

Safe: Catherine Pham and her baby son are rescued in Houston

Lessons from Houston

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The numbers are awesome. In a matter of hours, Hurricane Harvey dumped nine trillion gallons of rainfall on Houston and…

The monkey-brained case for Donald Trump

4 June 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a conference in New York. ‘Where would be the best…

Am I a brave cult survivor, too?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

When I was 21, I lived with a cult for a year. It was a commune really, a tight-knit group…

Murder in a black Texas Arcadia

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Mystery fans and writers are always looking for new locations in which murder can take place. Attica Locke has an…