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

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

City of Marshall Takes Legal & Intellectual National Prominence

Joan Adcock-Skinner reports that Marshall, Texas is now a national center for intellectual property rights litigation. Check the New York Times article "So Small a Town, So Many Patent Suits" By JULIE CRESWELL. It begins:
"Marshall, Tex., population 25,000, is arguably the patent lawsuit capital of the nation, where plaintiffs know they are more likely to get a favorable judgment."

Monday, September 25, 2006

100 Tall Texans Test

The George HW Bush Library and Museum is mounting a new exhibit of "100 Tall Texans." There're all from the 20th century, and fall into the categories of Business, Entertainment, Politics, Sports, Literature, and Culture, in the order of stately importance. If you know 95 or more of these, you're excellent in "Texas I.Q." If you know 90-94, you're very steaming, 85 to 89 knowlegeable, 80-84 very good, 79-75 good, 70-74 fair to middling, 60-69 par for street knowledge, 50-59 a casual Texan, 40-49 worthy of a "way to go," 30-39 recipient of a recommendation to open the window, 20-29 winner of a new shiney bell for your vehicle, 10-19 acknowledged honorary subscriber to "Will's Texana Monthly," and 1-9 winner of an audio recording of "Arthur's Austin ABC."

Friday, September 22, 2006

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. SHOP

With a diversity of books, maps, videos, posters, stamps, clothing, licenses, etc.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Conservation History of Texas

Very rich in information. Narrative and about 170 short videos.

Texas State Library Strategic Plan

La Bloga: Este y Eso & Free Books

La Bloga: Este y Eso

See note in La Bloga on Free Books from the Instituto de México in San Antonio, Texas.

See also the Institute's webpage:

Mass Exodus from Dallas Morning News

Makes a feller kinda wonder!

Mysterious Musings: Leann Sweeney on Learning from Elizabeth George, Learning to Speak Like a Texan, and Learning to Write While Battling Illness.

Mysterious Musings: Leann Sweeney on Learning from Elizabeth George, Learning to Speak Like a Texan, and Learning to Write While Battling Illness.
And see her separate blog:

Barry Popik & The Big Apple on Texas

The professor said with elegant variation, "Class, class. Yes, you too, Ann, sit down and take your shoes off. We have news from New York. Now that we have the approval of the Oxford English Dictionary we can proceed with the lesson." But Ann, kept insisting, "If 'L" is for 'Longhorn,' where's the heifer, professor?"

Ozark Writers Conf & Texans

Writers Help Group: Ozark Writers Conference

Texans Bonnie Orr and David Marion Wilkinson tell the Ozarkers how to write.

L. Sprague de Camp moved to Texas

Didn't realized he moved here. But you know the old saying, "follow the monkey" to solve the puzzle.


cynsations: "Cynthia Leitich Smith " Austin Author interviews etc.

Literary Guide to West Texas

Daily Growler & DMN 7 Texas Writers

The Daily Growler: Dancing With the Infidels

Monday, September 18, 2006

Where's the Chicken Soup for Texans

HCI Publications are the folk who've produce 100 million copies the Chicken Soup for the Soul series in about 3 dozen languages. So, the question is "Who's gonna write the "Chicken Soup for Texans" volume. There may be money in that soup.

Library of Congress Webcasts Include Texana

Going to this website, you'll find about 300 webcasts, mostly literary in nature.
The search option enables you to search for "Texas," finding over a dozen items. Not all of them are relevant to Texana, but not all Texana is brought up by the word "Texas." You'll find Herman Wouk mixed with R.S. Gwynn and Pat Mora. The clips run from a few minutes to an hour.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Archives Courses in Houston

Shelley Kelly reports: October 16: Advanced Appraisal for Archivists in Houston, co-sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, Archivists of the Houston Area and University of Houston - Clear Lake, Neumann Library. Contact:

Sarah Jackson reports: SSA is once again presenting Taking It to the Streets: The Basics of Archives II on Thursday, October 26, 2006, at the University of Houston - Clear Lake from 8:00 - 4:00. The fee is $30.00 and includes all materials and lunch. The Basics of Archives is a national course that was developed specifically for those who work with historical records and have no formal training. The registration flyer has been uploaded to the Yahoo Group Files. Please pass this information on to anyone you feel would be interested. If you need further information please contact me at sarah_jackson@

The courses accent other activities of "Archives Month."

Friday, September 08, 2006

Hernandez v. Texas 1954

James DeAnda, last of four attorneys for landmark case, died September 7, 2006. See Michael Olivas' related book from Arte Publico Press in Houston, Colored Men and Hombres Aqui.

Texas Settlement Region

The folks who created the website for the Texas Settlement Region (SFA etc.) counties have done a good job of identifying and providing information on the region's museums and historical markers. The various Chambers of Commerce are no doubt composed of friends of history but may also have heard that public history makes good business. The county-by-county inventory is clear and useful.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

TSL Sues to Recover Stolen Documents

About a dozen documents from the 1830s.

Deep Throat Papers Will Move to Texas

Let's see if Howard Hughes was the secret power behind Watergate.

State Library Renovates

"The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is undergoing a multi-year renovation of its main facility in Austin, the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. We are all very excited to accommodate the growing size of our archival collections as well as modernize our facility, which has not undergone a major renovation since it was built in 1961.

We will remain open during the renovation, but we will soon begin the relocation of resources and service areas. For safety and efficiency concerns, we must change our hours of operation. Beginning October 1, 2006, the Genealogy Collection will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will be closed Saturdays and Sundays."

Friday, September 01, 2006

Harris County Recorrds Mgmt & Archives Website

Well done Harris County! Folks are encouraged to poke around in the electric stacks.
Thanks are due to:
Paul R. Scott
paul_scott@fpm. co.harris.

Sarah Canby Jackson
sarah_jackson@ tx.

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