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Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Houston’s Struggle Is America’s Tale - The New York Times
The Texas city’s response to a powerful storm says much about polarized visions of the country and diverging attitudes toward cities, race, liberty and science.
houston  texas  climatechange  hurricaneharvey  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
After the Hurricane Winds Die Down, Larry McMurtry’s Houston Trilogy Lives On - The New York Times
Some claim the three essential books in Texas history are the Bible, the Warren Commission report and Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove,” his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about 19th-century cattle drives. This last August, as I watched Hurricane Harvey intensify on my TV screen, the 50 inches of rain in Houston breaking national records, I stayed clear of the Book of Revelation and Oswald and instead hunkered down in safe-haven Austin reading McMurtry. Not, however, his western-themed “Lonesome Dove” — set in the Great Plains and Big Sky country — but his underappreciated Houston trilogy of “Moving On” (1970), “All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers” (1972), and “Terms of Endearment” (1975), the best novels ever set in America’s fourth largest city. Additionally, his nonfiction essay collection, “In a Narrow Grave” (1968), remains the gold standard for understanding Houston’s brash rootlessness and civic insecurities.
larrymcmurtry  houstontrilogy  nytimes  bookreview  lonesomedove  allmyfriendsaregoingtobestrangers  movingon  literature  books  writers  houston  texas 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Rothko Chapel - The New York Times
In 1964, the Houston art collectors and patrons John and Dominique de Menil commissioned Rothko’s work for the interior of a space to be designed by the architect Philip Johnson. (When Johnson clashed with Rothko, the project was turned over to the Houston architects Howard Barnstone and Eugene Aubry.) The de Menils, observant Catholics, were influenced by their friend the Rev. Marie-Alain Couturier, who believed that modern artists could reinvigorate sacred art. The chapel, which opened in 1971, sits next to the campus of the Menil Collection, the museum that now houses the couple’s art. It has been open to the public nearly every day since.
houston  texas  therothkochapel  markrothko  art  design  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Houston's Diversity Is America's Future - Pacific Standard
Influxes of African, Asian, and Latino Americans helped Houston's metro area avoid economic stagnation. Could an expected demographic shift on the national level end up reviving other troubled cities?
houston  texas  pacificstandard 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Moon Men: The Private Lives of Neil Armstrong and Pals in “Togethersville”
Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts were the stars of the Sixties, but it wasn’t always a smooth ride for their wives, writes Lily Koppel.
togethersville  history  outerspace  astronauts  nasa  texas  houston  lilykoppel  thedailybeast 
may 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Greatest Team That Never Was
Dunks, drugs, and disappointment: an oral history of the 1980s Houston Rockets.
nba  rockets  houston  basketball  sports  grantland  jonathanabrams 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Houston Millionaires Clash Over Shadyside Mansion
Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.
texas  lawsuits  millionaires  houstonpress  houston 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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