Texas Old and New

The Son, by Philipp Meyer Meyer has written a great, sprawling tale of Texas in The Son, and its passage from the land of Comanches and feral cattle to the Lone Star State’s version of modernity. To depict this passage, the author gives us the McCullough family, beginning with adventurous grand sire Eli in the 1820s and…

A New One

I write all sorts of stories. The one I'm on about here was inspired by a trip to Mexico over a decade ago. I had what you might call "creepy crawly" feelings down there – maybe so many ancient cultures leaving all sorts of feelings in the writerly ethers. At any rate, it's been a…

Crossing the Border

End of the year magazine issues tend to be retrospectives, or the content seems more strained than usual. The January 2012 issue of Harper's Magazine seem to fall in line with the latter. However, there's one curious juxtaposition: A piece of first person reportage by Cecelia Balli, "Calderon's War," exposes the way the war on…