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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 27th, 2017

Children’s memories debunk father’s expertise

By STEVE LANG

“An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions.” – Levi Strauss

“I am an expert in electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.” – W.C. Fields

Relying on the observation that fellow residents ignored and scoffed the poet Homer in …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 27th, 2017

(CHINATI FOUNDATION photo)Chinati staff members Adele Powers and Steven Granado work with Marfa ISD kindergarteners.

A case for cultural agency funding

By LONN TAYLOR

Steve Zeitlin is a distinguished American folklorist, a former Smithsonian colleague of mine who now directs a New York organization called City Lore, which is devoted to preserving the spoken culture of New …

the money man

the money man

April 27th, 2017

This time is never different

By TOM JACOBS

In today’s accelerated society, it’s hard to remember that everything isn’t happening now. Advertising and marketing are designed to keep us from focusing on anything but today so we’ll buy products. In the money world, it’s essential to step back from the daily “market up, market down” drivel, whose …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 20th, 2017

(MARFA JUNIOR HISTORIAN photo)The Max Cortez Store

Marfa Public Library’s hidden treasure

By LONN TAYLOR

Last week I had occasion to revisit the Junior Historian files at the Marfa Public Library. I have written about these files before, but every time I use them I am reminded what a treasure they are, and this time I got …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 20th, 2017

Trump Kong(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

The death of satire is upon us

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

While most of my readers are highly intelligent, witty, and charming, there are occasionally those who do not understand satire. I have discovered it necessary, at least once a year to explain the great tradition of Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, and Mark Twain. …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 13th, 2017

The story of a professional story teller

By LONN TAYLOR

Kim Lehman of Austin is one of the few people in Texas who actually makes a living by telling stories. She is a professional storyteller, telling stories in schools, libraries, retirement centers, nursing homes, and in fact anywhere someone will pay her to tell them. “It’s really …

the money man

the money man

April 13th, 2017

Win the birth lottery, lose your education?

By TOM JACOBS

It is true, as Warren Buffett says, that once you are born in the US, you have already won the lottery. As desperate and horrible as poverty can be in this country, it beats being desperate and poor in, say, Chad, Mali, Chechnya, or parts of India. …

steve’s funny column

April 6th, 2017

Quarterly additions to Lang’s greatest wits list

By STEVE LANG

“I love criticism just so long as it is unqualified praise.” – Noel Coward

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” – Dorothy Parker

Thanks again to my readers – who have reached the dozens when falling for the …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 6th, 2017

 

(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)Lajitas Mayor Clay Henry

Don’t let the tourists get your goat

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Trying to explain the Big Bend to tourists is as difficult as trying to explain tourists to the Big Bend. Using satire and co-mingling, real and “alternative facts” in satire makes the job a little easier. Terlingua is my best …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 6th, 2017

The Bay Lights

Lighting the bridge that spans the bay

By LONN TAYLOR

My wife, Dedie, and I returned last week from a four-day ramble to San Francisco. My last sustained visit to San Francisco was in 1947, when I was 7 years old. My mother and I were on our way to the Philippine Islands to …

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