No, there was never a racist sex joke in Leading Off this morning. No, I wasn’t drunk. All the typos and so forth were intentional, meant to indicate that I was impaired. The first five comments were Mike Snyder’ed by yours truly to stir up curiosity. I’ll tell you that today’s prank taught me that April Fool’s in the age of social media isn’t what it used to be. Just too hard to control the flow of information. And I could be wrong about this, but people are less credulous. All the same, I got a few emails and texts that tell me some of you were suckered (as did my wife). And that does not make me sad.
Just for fun, have a look back at the prank we pulled in 2010, back before Facebook and Twitter ruined our lives. We launched A Magazine, the city magazine of Arlington. The comments to that post are plentiful and pleasing.Full Story
There are things many of us typically don’t discuss. Let’s call them unmentionables. Or perhaps a desire to be polite. Nudity at a spa? It comes with the territory. The fake factor of “reality” television? Why waste your breath? Bathroom business? Goodness gracious, no. Well, in the March issue of D Magazine, we break all of these rules, all for the sake of good stories.Full Story
Credit where it’s due: I learned about Dallitude via a blog post by the Dallas Observer‘s apple-cheeked editor, Joe Tone, and I’ve been enjoying the anonymous author’s GIF-filled take on Dallas since. It has some slightly objectionable language, if you’re a clutch-your-pearls type. I hope you’re not.Full Story
No, he’s not the main image, but there he is, near Steer-Zilla’s right hoof, flying a helicopter. About that cover: TexMo editor Jake Silverstein has already issued a mea culpa for screwing up the Astros uniforms and which players were pictured. (For my money, nothing will ever top the Dick Cheney cover.)Full Story
Talking Points Memo points to the “ribald” humor former president George W. Bush displayed during a speech yesterday in Austin. The occasion was a summit marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, held at Lyndon Johnson’s presidential library.
“Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their, well…” Bush said.
Maybe he hadn’t heard about Colbert taking the Late Show gig, figured he still had time to get his name out there.Full Story
Not long ago I requested and received White House Years, Henry Kissinger’s 1,500-page account of his stint in the Nixon Administration, the Ford Administration being covered in a later and no doubt less edifying volume. I was so excited that I wanted to share a bit of my joy with my cellmate, Tom. Tom is a bank robber who has the words “Game Over” tattooed on his knuckles, which is to say by implication that at some point in his life he happened to glance at his knuckles, noticed that the words “Game Over” were not to be found on them, and said to himself, “I’d better get that rectified.” When I was first assigned to his cell, I noticed that he was in possession of something called The Anger Management Workbook, which is rather a cliche thing for one’s new cellmate to have lying around. I like to think that before he came upon this textual remedy, he spent a great deal of his time pummeling people to death while shouting, “Game Over!”
“Tom,” I asked him now, “Would you like me to read to you from Henry Kissinger’s memoirs in Henry Kissinger’s voice?”Full Story
Ever since I was a young boy growing up amid the hardscrabble streets of Highland Park, it has been my fondest dream to write a bi-monthly column for D Magazine’s website focusing on the literary life of North Texas jail inmates. Having now spent some 16 months incarcerated at three different federal detention facilities while awaiting trial on charges I’m not legally permitted to discuss, I am finally in a position to write such a thing.Full Story
Spoiler alert: He’s got glasses now.Full Story