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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 …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 6th, 2014

50 years of fraternal memories

By STEVE LANG

“I think you’ll be glad later you weren’t here now.” – Robert Hoover (James Widdoes) in “Animal House”

All I truly know – or suspect – about college fraternities may be summed up in two hours of hilarity via Harold Ramis’ hit film “Animal House.”

One general secret to success seems …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

March 6th, 2014

Tiger and “the bump”

By JIM GORDON

Sometimes all it takes is a bump.

A basketball player heading to the hoop loses the angle for his shot.

A wide receiver, thrown off stride, is late on a route.

A forward can’t quite get to a midfielder’s pass.

Such bumps, delivered by an opponent, are designed to destroy the timing of a …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

February 27th, 2014

The Mexican and familial hatred

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why is there in every Mexican family a jealous cousin driven by insecurity?

Must Excuse Vulgar-A$$ Lingual Expression

Dear ME VALE: Take your pick. It’s because a) Your dad unwittingly insulted their dad back in the rancho when they were boys, and your cousin was taught to hate you …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 27th, 2014

Groping for a sense of place

 By STEVE LANG 

“I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.” – William Golding

According to a geographic horoscope/personality quiz, every place I supposedly belong is someplace else.

A website called “Buzzfeed” has designed a quiz titled “What state do you actually belong in?” According to my initial answers, it’s not my …

pen pal

pen pal

February 20th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day to Marfa, from pen pal Clarence Jay Faulkner. The cake was made by Buns N’ Roses (it’s the real thing!)

Valentine’s Day epilogue

By CLARENCE JAY FAULKNER

Whew! I am so glad that Valentine’s Day is over!

I sure stuck my foot in my mouth by blurting out, “I’m hoping for a valentine …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

February 20th, 2014

Mexicans are vegetarians, too

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Do you agree with gente who think you can’t be vegetarian if you’re Mexican ’cause meat is an essential part of our diet? I’ve heard this argument three times within the last 24 hours from two blogs and The Today Show this morning. I think it’s babosadas. Like, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 20th, 2014

Distances hard to explain to non-Texans

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

My East Coast friends have never been able to understand two things about Texas. The first quandary was why I moved back to Texas. Men had a simple answer, “You’ve gone nuts!” My female friends always said, “It’s a woman isn’t it?” I simply explained that it …

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