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rambling boy

rambling boy

April 19th, 2013

The drive-in movie theater at Airstreamland

By LONN TAYLOR

Several weeks ago I wrote a column about Ballroom Marfa’s plans to build a drive-in movie theater in Marfa at a cost of $4.5 million. This column is about David Beebe’s drive-in movie theater, which Beebe estimates cost $2,500 to build and which is already operating on the …

correspondence

correspondence

April 19th, 2013

A big and heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful library supporters who enjoyed a good meal at Jett’s Grill at the Hotel Paisano during the recent “Dine out for the Library” program.”

And of course a huge thank you to Joe and Lanna Duncan for making it happen.

The library was presented with a check for …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

March 28th, 2013

Springtime for Katidis? Doesn’t look like it

By JIM GORDON

In the classic 1967 comedy The Producers, the late Kenneth Mars, playing an unregenerate but dingy Nazi trying to blow up a Broadway theater, is trying to figure out if he has set the charge with a quick fuse or a slow fuse — a rather important …

rambling boy

rambling boy

March 28th, 2013

Send the Texas Legislature back to school

By LONN TAYLOR

None of my grandparents went to school beyond the sixth grade. They explained their lack of formal education to their children by saying that they were born shortly after the Civil War and started school at a time when Texas, as part of the defeated Confederacy, could …

correspondence

correspondence

March 28th, 2013

On my return from Presidio on Monday, during the routine stop at the border patrol checkpoint, the border patrol agent, in asking me where I was from, unwittingly raised deeper issues implicated by the question of belonging.

Photo illustration by crystal am nelson. From left, Quintana Barbershop owner Mateo Quintana and customer Alex …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

March 21st, 2013

It’s only right Rivera is last one to wear No. 42

By JIM GORDON

In baseball, more than any other American sport, numbers are remembered — and often revered.

Not just statistics such as Babe Ruth’s 714 career home runs, broken decades later by Henry Aaron’s 755 (no, I don’t consider Barry Bonds’ total — whatever it is …

Rambling Boy

Rambling Boy

March 21st, 2013

The Disciples of Christ and the Joyful Noise Controversy

By LONN TAYLOR

Back in the 1980s, when I was working at the Smithsonian Institution, we hired a curator of musical history named Horace Boyer. Boyer was a black Southerner, an expert on gospel music, and a one-time member of the Famous Boyer Brothers. He also had a …

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