The Southern side of Texas literature can be explored, and we point you for starters toward the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, a website of several deep facets. Granted this particular site doesn't get into Texana very often, the DMSSL does represent some legitimate strands to be found in East Texas scribblers. One of the DMSSL rare references to rough ruffles in Texas is noted their blog at
Linger and read other material there however. A renaissance of the Southern strands is verging in Texana as the memoir genre advances. Through the memoirs, personal observations are occuring that would have been socially unacceptable only short decades ago. As it does, our own dead mules beside the road ought to revive - and walk across the land surprizing our children with their crisp brays.
Over a century ago, the vigorous cow pony captured the Texan's and the public's imagination leaving the mule drawing flies in the ditch. But the mule's remains have enriched the surrounding soil.