The Bookshelf, Young Texas Reader, Blog Notes, & Texana Youtube Channel

The Texas Bookshelf is for single, specific books' reviews and author interviews . The Texas Parlor ranges more broadly than my other websites. The Young Texas Reader focuses on the youngest through teenagers. Texas Blog Notes surveys blogs of historical and literary interest. I've started a Will's Texana Youtube collecting channel where 1,000 videos are collected in 100 playlists . Find Will in Houston or at willstexana {at} yahoodotcom

Friday, August 25, 2006

Marks Hinton Adopts S.O. Young

Houstonian Marks Hinton reports that he read in the last "Monthly" about the "Portal to Texas History Adopt a Book Digitally" program. He adopted S.O. Young's Thumb-Nail about Houston. He says it cost him only $40. So, the "Portal" folks will digitally scan the volume and from then on it'll be available on line to EVERYBODY without cost. Congratulations, Marks!
See review by none other than E.W. Winkler in the TSHA's Quarterly at
And Congratulations to the Portal for the service. See the progam at
PS: Marks' new book on Houston streets is nearing publication.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Jim Lee's Texas

Jim Lee reports he's gone to gluing duck feathers or writing a blog, as if years of writing, editing, criticizing, teaching, and being a generally genial fellow in Texas letters weren't enough. Welcome to the duck ranch, Jim.

San Jacinto Symposium

Barbara Eaves reports: "The seventh annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, University of Houston."
The Parlor's hosts have been going for years. It's well worth reserving the date.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Welcome, August 21

this is an audio post - click to play

Salutations to the Texas Library Association's Archives and Local History Round Table, the Archivists of the Houston Area, the Friends of the Texas Room at the Houston Public Library, the Harris County Historical Commission, and the Texas Association of Museums.

Book Slut's Michael Schaub reviews 2002 Texas Book Festival

Museum Legislation

Jack Nokes with the TAM reports: "There are two legislative issues relating to museums, although I am not sure that there are Web sites that clearly address them at this time.

1. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As you may have read in numerous articles in papers around the state, TPWD is requesting funding for deferred maintenance and other critical needs. If they must take the 10% cut suggested by the LBB, the Director has said that the closure of historic sites will probably be part of the cuts package.

2. Last legislative session the Texas Historical Commission requested a pretty healthy amount last session for providing grants and technical assistance to history museums. I think the amount was $600K or so, but I'm not certain. I do not know if they will ask again for this budget item, but it will be very important to our history museum community if they go for it.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Writer William Owens 1905 Birth Centennial

Don Graham recollects memories and observes the grand and admirable writing career of Owens.

Texas Literature - Don Graham - Handbook of Texas

Excellent introduction to the topic.

Click below to hear about Graham's background.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Preserving Harris County District Case Files

Harris County District Clerk Bacarisse and the Harris County Bar are engaged in a project, "Harris County Preservation Project," to preserve old case records and volumes.  The cost can run from $10 to $2,500 per file.  Solicitations are being made to fund various parts of the work.  This is a separate venture from Bacarisse's great digitization project which is County funded.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Cowboys of Color in Museum

National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 31 adopts northwesterners. See also the Fort Worth Cowboys of Color Rodeo.

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Frito Pie as a Museological Aspect

The Food Museum stirs up discussion on Texas' own: Frito Pie.
Image from CheapEats blog:

Kleb Place -Cooking Harris County - Fred Collins

Email from Fred to Trevia Beverly relates:

"We are working on the farm house restoration and would like to find a cooking stove like the one that Minnie used to cook the family meals on. There was a stove in the house when Elmer died in 1999 but the stove did not end up in the County's possession and its current where abouts are unknown. We are looking for a suitable replacement, preferably a donated one. However, to stay within the historical context we want to find an exact replacement. That is even more difficult since we do not know the make or model of what we seek. The attachment is the only photo we have of the stove. It is a side view. It had white enamel on the sides and upper cabinet. One stove dealer thought it was 1920-30s. The brick chimney in the house is dated 1929, which would correspond to Ed and Minnie's 25th wedding anniversary. Elmer would have been 22 that year. I suspect the stove may also have been purchased in 1929 to go with the chimney. I hope you can help us find one. Pass the picture on to anyone who might help in the identification and or search of a stove."
Request a photo at :

Fred Collins
Director Kleb Woods Nature Center
Director Cypress Top Historic Park
Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Wild Child Reviews "Secondhand Lions" movie

Allison McKinley: "Allison's review in ten words or fewer: Heartwarming adventure, well-written family film; 8 out of 10."

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Everyone is raving about the all-new Yahoo! Mail Beta.

Short story by Nathan Saville - online text

Literary journals etc.

The Southwest Review is a major literary journal of the nation and with notable writers from abroad.  They no longer review books nor have much interest, except for quality it's explained, in Texas letters.  However, we do have a range of other literary periodicals, some of which are:
Concho River Review
Iron Horse Literary Magazine
New Texas: A Journal of Literature and Culture
Southwest American Literature
Rio Grande Review
Texas Books in Review
[the Mayborn new annual]

Clay Reynolds and Plowshares

Regular folks and picky writer-types have long enjoyed Clay Reynolds and his diverse and considerable writing.  This site at Emerson College is another good introduction.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Patrolling Chaos: the U.S. Border Patrol in Deep South Texas

Just received this volume from Texas Tech.  Gritty documentary about work of a dozen patrol agents in McAllen.  First 100 pages by Maril are well written and captivating.  Review in next WTM.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

What Shall I Do with ALL my books?

A lasting commentary. Here relayed by John R. Payne in Austin.

This article was first published in the Book Club of Texas Newsletter and reprinted in Manuscripts, the journal of the Manuscript Society.

ABA reports: Texas Book Dealers & Hurricane Rita

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Texas Chef: August 2005

Texas Chef: August 2005

Congratulatons to Bill Moran in San Diego, Texas his blog, Texas-Chef. It's pleasant and entertaining as well as useful.

His profile shows a deep background in culinary affairs. "Bill Moran is a retired Food Service Food Broker from Houston. While in Houston he started assembling recipes from family and from restaurants he visited while in business over a period of 20 years. About a third of the recipes are his own creations. This collection ended up in his first cookbook, Texas Chef. Before retiring, he decided to write a cookbook about ranch cooking (chuck wagon style) and began to look around for a place to live and do research for the proposed cookbook. Ending up in San Diego, Texas, in the middle of Mexican ranch country, he began the second cookbook, Cocina Ranchera. A new cookbook, Texas Chef Bakes is in the works (done now). A new cookbook, Cookin' Texan was finished in 2004."

Monday, August 07, 2006

Trans Texas Corridor - Giant Concrete Spider Network

The Trans Texas Corridor is an enormous highway/railway/utilityway now in broder public discussion. It originated several years ago. Some describe it as the greatest economic boom ever, others describe it as the monster from hell. Some accounts give it 4,000 miles, with a width of 1,200 feet, using 146 acres per mile. It will have no frontage, very little access like an Interstate. While it would be an awesome transportation system, it will also have other major effects on agriculture, history, land development, etc.
Begin your inquiry with


Friday, August 04, 2006

Romance or Smut - Collectors Alert - Susan Combs

Kinky Friedman isn't the only Texas politician with a penchant for penning novels. Susan Combs, our Agriculture now running for Comptroller, wrote A Perfect Match in 1990. Match is either smut, according to some Democrats, or just steamy romance, according to some Republicans. Maybe Combs should swing by Jacksonville on her campaign and seek the endorsement of Debra White Smith, author of Texas Neighbors, a trio of Christian romance novellas. For those in the political fields, Perfect Match has surfaced before with little damage to Combs.

Sarkar Labs on Texas Nature

Interesting essays & scientific notes, mostly central Texas, but elsewhere also.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Teaxs Children's Literature: by Moczygema

In the February 2006 Texas Coop magazine CAROL MOCZYGEMBA annotates a list of almost 2 dozen titles in the lead article. Categories of Picture Books, History, Spanish and English, Alamo, Animals, and Nature and Wildflowers.

Issue also includes:
"Who Was Etta Place?" BY SHANNON LOWRY in "Footnotes in Texas History" column.

The home maintenance and energy notes and recipes sparkle in this well designed magazine.

Texas category of Semicolonblog

Notes from a West Texan who reads and recommends.

Robert E. Howard -Conan the Barbarian Festival

Tie-Dyed Brain Rays: A Rose Among Barbarians
Report on the June Festival in Cross Plains, home of Howard who did not invent pizza.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tribute to Texas Music: Thirsty Ear Online Mag

Thirsty Ear: October / November 2000
By Robert Baird

In this special tribute:




Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Trail Drivers Empanel at Round Rock

Posted by: Jayme Blaschke on the "Currents" news blog of the Texas State University Faculty: Date: 2006-07-27

"The Texas State University Round Rock Higher Education Center will play host to Rising to the Stars: The Trail Drivers of Texas 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26 for a day of discovery, dialog and celebration.

Co-sponsored by the Williamson County Historical Museum, the day-long event will underscore and celebrate the significant impact of the great trail drives of the 1800's with regard to the historical, geographical, economic, social and cultural development of Texas and the United States of America.

The event will start off with an authentic chuckwagon breakfast on campus, followed by panel discussions, period music, book signings and a catered lunch. Featured guests include Don Graham, author of Kings of Texas, trail boss Judge Don Higginbothem, Connie Todd, who will discuss the making of Lonesome Dove, Jim Dillard, who will discuss cattle driving families of Williamson County, and Ray Bender, who will discuss the economics, geography, motivations and markets which fueled the great cattle drives.

Advance registration prior to Aug. 15 is $25 for general admission, $15 for students. After that, admission costs are $35 and $15.

For additional information, call (512) 716-4000 or contact John Garcia, RRHEC, at (512) 716-4553 or via email at, or Chris Dyer, director, Williamson County Historical Museum, at (512) 943-1670 or via email at"

Texas Republic Legation Records Go To State Library

TSLAC's blog "The Open Record" announced in July the Library's acquisition of about 250 documents from the Republic's Legation in Washington D.C. They had passed through a variety of personal hands, yet remained generally intact. Preservation costs will be raised according to Chris LaPlante, State Archivist.

Dave's Long Box: El DIABLO #1 DC Comics, 1988

Dave's Long Box: El DIABLO #1 DC Comics, 1988

Dave Campbell's blog has uncovered the truth of San Antonio politics. Why didn't we all see it? It was El Diablo! Documented in action packed detail by Gerard Jones with art by Mike Parobeck.

City of Burnet Historical Board

Small town governments in Texas are getting serious about their history. It's no longer just the purview of the big cities. History is no longer the private reserve of the locale illuminatti. They want to make sure history is positioned to attract the tourist dollar and to provide the spark for today's and tommorow's visionaries of innovation by having their history clearly available. The City of Burnet Historical Board is active designating landmarks, districts, issuing certificates of appropriateness, and monitoring demolitionis.

The goals include (a) Protect and enhance the landmarks and districts which represent distinctive elements of Burnet's historic, architectural, and cultural heritage;
(b) Foster civic pride in the accomplishments of the past;
(c) Protect and enhance The City of Burnet's attractiveness to visitors and the support and stimulus to the economy thereby provided;
(d) Insure the harmonious, orderly, and efficient growth and development of the city;
(e) Promote economic prosperity and welfare of the community by encouraging the most appropriate use of such property within the city;
(f) Encourage stabilization, restoration, and improvements of such properties and their values.


Congratulations Burnet!