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All Clichés Are Bigger in Texas

This Week in ‘Everything Is Bigger in Texas’

New York writers prove again that all cliches really are bigger in Texas.

Reading coverage of the Dallas Art Fair this week, I was pleased to see that the old saying remains true. “New York writers writing about Dallas absolutely cannot stop themselves from using the single most trite cliché about Texas.” So they say the saying goes.

Here’s the opening—the lead, or lede, in the biz—of the Dallas Art Fair report from Artsy.net:

Is everything bigger in Texas?

And here’s the lead from Forbes, in a piece about art riffing on the American flag at the Dallas Art Fair:

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that also includes pride for the United States of America.

Fair enough. How else are out-of-state readers going to understand that they are reading about something in the state of Texas, where things are big?

Not sure how the Dallas Morning News excuses this lead in Chris Vognar’s otherwise compelling review of new books from Lawrence Wright and Don Graham:

Everything’s bigger in Texas, the saying goes, and that includes the state’s capacity for self-regard.

An essay on the myth of Texan exceptionalism, mercifully not shortened here to “Texceptionalism,” deserves a bigger cliché.

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  • RompingWillyBilly

    Every place outside is written inferior from the point of view of New York City. Even the other boroughs surrounding Manhatten Island are considered south and primitive. Indeed, this international media designated center-of-the-universe is the only city larger than the state in which it resides. Indeed, upstate New Yorkers, they being friendly people much like Texans, hate with a passion the smug attitude of these who were once loyalist to British old world policies. There is no doubt today that it is ground zero for all things treacherous concocted against the United States. How long will this ruse continue? How long will young ladies raised up on Midwest farms be fooled to following after its big city lights (THINK OF LITTLE NAIVE DOROTHY) only to fall into working its streets as prostitututes?
    As a born Texan myself, being an American isn’t a joke. I have no doubt that my state not only has the best state government, but that we have become the new heart and soul today keeping the Union together.