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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Torture and satire make great theater of the absurd

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The old conundrum of whether life imitates art or art imitates life has, in my opinion, always been dealt best in the theater. When you combine satire and contemporary news and view it through a funhouse mirror you can come close to understanding “Why …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

The Latino, Hispanic word-use conundrum

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles; they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term “Latino” as a synonym only for “Hispanic.” Certainly yours is not the only …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Ballparks measured by bad hops and bizarre bounces

By STEVE LANG

“I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I have been thrown out of so many.” – Casey Stengel

“I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to …


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¡ask a Mexican!

¡ask a Mexican!

‘Mande’ isn’t submissive, vato

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Even though throughout the years since I came to the US 20 years ago I have seen it happening with less frequency, the use by Mexicans of the expression ¿Mande? (Command me) has always struck me. I personally see it as a symbolic legacy of submission probably originating …


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the road to excellence

the road to excellence

Scholarships help Marfa students

By ANDREW PETERS

Each year, we read in May about the number of scholarships presented to Marfa High School students.  Marfa ISD students are blessed to have a few regular donors that want to change a student’s life by providing a scholarship.  The Ex-Shorthorns of El Paso have long been a steady provider …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

The bare facts of a Davis Mountains grizzly bear hunt

By LONN TAYLOR

One of the first stories that I heard when I started visiting the Big Bend 20 years ago was about the only grizzly bear ever found in Texas, killed during a bear hunt in the Davis Mountains in 1900. I recently stumbled on a …


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library talk

library talk

Texas author, a Marfa resident to read at MPL

By MANDY ROANE

Texas author and Marfa resident James Morrow Walton will be at the library on Friday, May 16 at 6pm discussing his book My Friends Call Me Moon.
The book follows the histories of two Mississippi families from the Civil War up to the book’s setting in the 1950s. If …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:
I thank all the generous donors who gave items for the Alpine Public Library’s garage sale fundraiser last week. The event was a great success and we look forward to other sales in the future!
Thank you to Margaret Matthews, Linda Bryant, Tom and Carolyn Mangrem, and Jim Glendinning for organizing and for your volunteer help …


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