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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. …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 16th, 2017

The past, the present, and maybe no future

Jacks(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Few among us have not spent some time reflecting on the days when we were kids and the world was a slower, less hectic, and more understandable. Hundreds of novels have been written about the influences affecting a young persons early life. …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 16th, 2017

(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)Marijuana to broccoli

Why does everybody crowd my corner?

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I do not often criticize fellow writers, particularly those from whom I regularly steal ideas or quotes. However, I must relay my outrage at the joint attack on me by Donald Trump and Lonn Taylor.

Recently, President Trump’s White House flacks were asked …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 2nd, 2017

The illustrations make the column

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Valerie Howard

Valerie Howard has assisted me with my column for over a decade. She began illustrating my columns only five years ago when I could no longer do the photo-sketches that gave the column its name, High Desert Sketches. I usually just send her a draft of …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

January 19th, 2017

(Valerie Howard illustration)Richard Rorty and his crystal ball.

The frightening truth about predictions

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

While I have often claimed the gift of prophecy, I also must note that I have also claimed the gift of intelligence, wit, and charm. Sometimes I discover something that is far more clearly stated than the mystical fog that …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 15th, 2016

The Christmas Goat (VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

Why I love Christmas . . . in New York

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It is surprising how many Texans journey to the canyons of New York City for the Christmas holiday. They overcome their fear of all the myths and legends they have heard about the denizens of that mystical …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 17th, 2016

It’s all about Artwalk this weekend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

When I first arrived in Alpine almost 20 years ago, it had been a high desert refuge of artists for decades. In those days, local artists showed their wares at only a few local sites, but one night in the fall and spring the community hosted gallery …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 3rd, 2016

The constancy of change, a universal blight

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

How do we poor humans reconcile the old platitude that the more things change the more they stay the same? The question becomes even more confusing when you throw in the philosophical musings of old Heraclitus of Ephesus (500 BCE). More than 2,500 years ago the …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 20th, 2016

The Big Bend Chupacabra (VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

The dreaded Chupacabra rises from the cactus patch

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The Big Bend species of Chupacabra is unique, born in the mercury sludge at the bottom of the deepest cinnabar mines in Terlingua. Like many creatures in the Big Bend, its parentage is uncertain. It has the cunningness …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 6th, 2016

The Donald, past presidents, and Kim Kardashian

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Donald Trump channels Kim Kardashian. (Illustration by VALERIE HOWARD)

One of the keystones of modern column writing is summed up by Mark Twain: “Get your facts straight and distort them at your leisure.” Twain’s concept is behind modern satirical writing. I have often been described as …

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