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Podcast: Burger Editor David Hale Smith Talks Books and Barbecue

He's a literary agent by day.
By Jason Heid |
David Hale Smith has been eating burgers in Dallas for nearly 50 years, according to the latest issue of “D Magazine.” (photo: Elizabeth Lavin)

D Magazine burger editor pro tem — and sometime literary agent — David Hale Smith stopped by the Old Monk to talk about all the hunks of meat he consumed for our Best Burgers issue and how his New York colleagues still can’t understand that Dallas isn’t a wasteland of wagon wheels and oil derricks.

A few notes for your edification:

1. Our iTunes review:

iTunes review

2. “Giraffing around” is a callback to Episode 21 of Ear Burner.



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4. This episode marks my first appearance on EarBurner — not counting cameos by my laugh or muffled responses to some question from Tim or Zac. I tell the story of how I helped Ross Perot pull a prank. I charged the billionaire a mere $300 for a limited run of custom copies of Park Cities People. He came to my office to pick them up himself, paid me with the three crispest bills I’ve ever encountered, and complimented my left-handedness.

5. Along LBJ Freeway’s most-congested portions, there are three new TEXPress lanes in both directions. Tim and Zac took long-suffering FrontBurnervians on a tour in 2013:


6. A literal translation of Aaron Franklin’s book, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, into German would be Franklin-Grill: Ein Fleisch-Rauchen-Manifest.

7. David Hale Smith’s Instagram feed disputes his claims that he only occasionally eats meat.

Now get listening. Subscribe via iTunes, or Stitcher, or listen through the player below:



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