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high desert sketches

March 20th, 2014

Advice for spring break visitors to Big Bend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

To insure your safety and well being on your visit to our prickly pear part of paradise I suggest you first visit Fort Davis’ famous Rattlesnake Museum on Hwy 118. This is to insure that while you are wandering around our scenic landscape that earthworms …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 20th, 2014

March into these special observances

By STEVE LANG

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.” – Henny Youngman

Spring break afforded me the opportunity – unlike a vampire – to reflect.

That reflection in the mirror suggested more carrots and fewer candy bars.

Aside from an …

Sarah@SXSW

Sarah@SXSW

March 17th, 2014

Adios, SXSW. See you next time, Austin.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

I’m back in Marfa and SXSW is officially done. I am beat but I felt like I owe you one more blog post since I left my last post on a somber note.

Well, the show did go on. SXSW attendees continued to have fun and check …

Sarah@SXSW

Sarah@SXSW

March 13th, 2014

Wake Up Call

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

For those that haven’t heard the news yet, two people died and 23 are injured after a driver sped down Red River Street last night in front of the Mohawk in Austin. The street was closed off, but the driver broke the barrier to escape from the police.

Since …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

March 13th, 2014

A special best of edición

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: The current clothing trend is for ladies to wear low-cut jeans and belly shirts that expose their midriffs. That looks great on a hard-bodied woman, so why do so many stout Mexican mujeres insist on dressing like this? It’s one of the grossest things imaginable. Their belly …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 13th, 2014

Spring break and staying in place

By STEVE LANG

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

Spring break getaways prompt the question:

Where do the people who live on the warm, sunny beaches go?

Actually, Alpine offers all I need, want or could do without, including: pleasant weather, …

Sarah@SXSW

Sarah@SXSW

March 11th, 2014

“Official Sarah M. Vasquez Fangirl Day”

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

Sorry, it took a while to update on South by Southwest. It’s been non-stop working for the actual festival and taking in events when I can, but I’ve seen some pretty cool stuff. I know I said I would try to cover events relevant to …

Sarah@SXSW

Sarah@SXSW

March 7th, 2014

Hello from Austin!

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

Hey West Texas! I will be your Big Bend Now correspondent at South by Southwest this year. I’ve covered the festival for years, so I know a little bit of what I’m getting myself into (lack of sleep, heavily caffeinated, suppressing my fangirl in front of celebrities, etc). The plan …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

March 6th, 2014

Lingering racism and Mexican scapegoats

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: My dad says when he was a kid growing up in Downey, California, they used to open the local plunge (pool) to mexicanos and negritos on Thursdays only, because the pool was cleaned once a week on Friday mornings. Is this an accurate account of racism in …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 6th, 2014

More desert wisdom

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Rather than give my usual historic perspective involving the works of Voltaire and Swift and their similarity to my writing, I will give the definition of satire provided by the internationally renowned Hispanic philosopher and media personality Leo Dominguez. Dominguez wrote: “My definition of satire is simply the cognitive conjuring …

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