In the end, the writer delivers a scattershot report that relies too heavily on personal anecdotes and mentions of his mixing among celebrities. As critical as he sometimes is of Texas, he can’t seem to avoid a proudly defensive posture. And when he summarizes a Molly Irvins tale, readers are reminded that others have done this sort of thing better.
Wright does appear to cover lots of foibles of what is the present-day State of Texas. It does seem that its politics have become goofy, if not just blatantly hostile to some marginal modicum of common sense, and also quite nasty. Wright is a deft narrator of the state's present condition, but occasionally he takes himself a bit too seriously, especially when awards are being doled out or when he is in the company of better known celebrities, political, artistic or otherwise.
A thoughtful, touching love letter to the State of a Texas, in all its self-satisfied, ugly/beautiful glory.
Wright has spent most of his life as a Texas writer and takes an at times memoir-like look at his life and times in the Lone Star State. At other times, he’s just telling stories of events and people, including history, culture, weather disasters, oil, cowboys, presidents, big business, borders and politics. His is a pretty even-handed, self-deprecating view.
Some in my family spent years living in Texas so I found this book a trip down memory lane as the author and I are the same age. Some of his stories made me laugh out loud. There are some characters. Big state; big impact on us all.
Really enjoyed this book. Loved how the author was able to seamlessly write about god, guns, and republicans all without stoking the flames of hate and anger. He managed to write a well informed book without taking sides. For anyone curious about Texas, this is the book for you.
Very informative and entertaining, with plenty of political and economic information as well as personal insights. The author has the useful perspective of being a long-time resident who has lived elsewhere as well, and has mixed with some of the famous and powerful.
as Gail Collins put it, "Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation." This book is a great look, region by region, of just HOW Texas goes.
I revere journalists, and I love this book. I learned a lot about Texas, its history, and some of its many notable people. Wright is an excellent writer, and seems like a kind man.
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