ᘋ Broché Read [ ৹ God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State ] ᚉ Author Lawrence Wright ᚰ ᘋ Broché Read [ ৹ God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State ] ᚉ Author Lawrence Wright ᚰ OneThe Charms, Such as They AreSubtle was the word my friend Steve used as we drovethrough a spongy drizzle from Austin to San Antonio ona mild February morning He was referencing the qualityof the pleasures one might experience from observing the Texaslandscapesmall ones, requiring discernmentalthough theactual vista in front of us was an unending strip mall hugging acrowded interstate highway Subtlety is a quality rarely invokedfor anything to do with Texas, so I chewed on that notion fora bit.There are some landscapes that are perfect for walking, disclosing themselves so intimately that one must dawdle to takethem in some that are best appreciated in an automobile at areasonable rate of speed and others that should be flown over asrapidly as possible Much of Texas I place in this last category.Even Steve admits that Texas is where everything peters outthe South, the Great Plains, Mexico, the Mountain Westalldribbling to an anticlimactic end, stripped of whatever glory theymanifest elsewhere But in the heart of Texas there is anotherlandscape that responds best to the cyclist, who lumbers alongat roughly the rate of a cantering horse, past the wildflowers and mockingbird trills of the Hill Country Our bikes were in the back of my truck We were going to explore the five Spanish missions along the San Antonio River, which have recently been named a World Heritage Site.Steve is Stephen Harrigan, my closest friend for many years, a distinguished novelist who is now writing a history of Texas We stopped at a Buc ees outside New Braunfels to pick up some Gatorade for the ride It is the largest convenience store in the worlda category of achievement that only Texas would aspire to It might very well be the largest gas station as well, with 120 fuel pumps, to complement the 83 toilets that on at least one occasion garnered the prize of Best Restroom in America The billboards say The Top Two Reasons to Stop at Buc ees Number 1 and Number 2, and also Restrooms You Have to Pee to Believe.But gas and urination are not the distinguishing attractions at Buc ees Texas isor at least the kind of material goods that reify Texas in the minds of much of the world massive belt buckles, barbecue, country music, Kevlar snake boots, rope signs a length of rope twisted into a worde.g., Howdyand pasted over a painting of a Texas flag , holsters although no actual guns , T shirts Have a Willie Nice Day , bumper stickers Dont Mess with Texas , anything shaped like the state, and books of the sort classified as Texana There is usually a stack of Steves bestselling novel The Gates of the Alamo as well.One image on the T shirts and bumper stickers and whiskey jiggers has become especially popular lately that of a black cannon over the legend Come and Take It The taunt has a long history, going back to the Battle of Thermopylae, when Leonidas I, king of Sparta, responded to the demand of the Persian leader, Xerxes, that the Greeks lay down their arms In Texas, the reference is to a battle in 1835, the opening skirmish of the Texas Revolution, when Mexican forces marched on the South Texas outpost of Gonzales to repossess a small bronze cannon that had been lent to the town for defense against Indians The defiant citizens raised a crude flag, made from a wedding dress, that has now become an emblem of the gun rights movement Ted Cruz wore a Come and Take It lapel pin on the floor of the U.S Senate when he filibustered the health care bill in 2013.At Buc ees, an aspiring Texan can get fully outfitted not only with the clothing but also with the cultural and philosophical stances that embody the Texas stereotypescowboy individualism, a kind of wary friendliness, superpatriotism combined with defiance of all government authority, a hair trigger sense of grievance, nostalgia for an ersatz past that is largely an artifact of Hollywooda lowbrow society, in other words, that finds its fullest expression in a truck stop on the interstate.Ive lived in Texas most of my life, and Ive come to appreciate what the state symbolizes, both to people who live here and to those who view it from afar Texans see themselves as confident, hardworking, and neurosis freea distillation of the best qualities of America Outsiders view Texas as the national id, a place where rambunctious and disavowed impulses run wild Texans, they believe, mindlessly celebrate individualism, and view government as a kind of kryptonite that saps the entrepreneurial muscles Were reputed to be braggarts careless with money and our personal lives a little gullible but dangerous if crossed insecure but obsessed with power and prestige Indeed, its an irony that the figure who most embodies the values people associate with the state is a narcissistic Manhattan billionaire now sitting in the Oval Office.Obviously, those same qualities also have wide appeal Texas has been growing at a stupefying rate for decades The only state with residents is California, but the number of Texans is projected to double by 2050, to 54.4 million, almost as manypeople as California and New York combined Three TexascitiesHouston, Dallas, and San Antonioare already amongthe top ten most populous cities in the United States The eleventh largest is Austin, the capital, where Steve and I live Forthe past five years it has been one of the fastest growing largecities in America, the metropolitan area surpassing two millionpeople, dwarfing the little college town Steve and I fell for manyyears ago.Theres an element of performance involved with beingTexan The boots, the pickup trucks, the guns, the attitudetheyre all part of the stereotype, but theyre also a masquerade.Stylistic choices such as the way Texans dress or the vehiclesthey choose to drive enforce a sense of identity, but they also addto the alienation that non Texans often feel about the state.Riding on top of the old stereotypes are new oneshipsters,computer gurus, musicians, video game tycoons, and a widening artistic class that has reshaped the states image and the waywe think of ourselves That Texas cant be captured on a coffeemug or a bumper sticker Im the least Texas person I know,Steve once observed Ive never seen him in cowboy regalia, oreven a pair of jeans He hasnt owned a pair of boots since he wassix years old In college, he took horseback riding as a physicaleducation requirement and got an F He contends that must havebeen a clerical error, but the last time he was on a horse he felloff and broke his arm.Neither Steve nor I could have lasted in Texas if it were thesame place we grew up in, but were so powerfully imprinted bythe culture its impossible to shake it off Still, both of us haveconsidered leaving and often wondered why we stayed Manytimes Ive considered moving to New York, where most of mycolleagues live, or Washington, which is Lotus Land for political journalists Ive never felt at home in either spot Washington is a one industry town, and although writers have influence, they are basically in the grandstands watching the action New York intellectuals sometimes put me off, with their liberal certitudes, their ready judgment of anyone who differs with them The city is a pulsing hive of righteous indignation In any case, I think Im too much of a rustic to survive there Once, when I was walking up Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, I saw a nicely dressed older man standing in the street beside the curb He was turning around in small, distracted circles All my prejudices against the city came up here was a man in need, but people were walking by, evidently uncaring In Texas, we wouldnt let a confused old man place himself in danger I approached him as any gallant Texan would and said, Sir, are you okay He looked at me in puzzlement Im waiting for a cab, he said Writers have been sizing up Texas from its earliest days, usually harshly Frederick Law Olmsted, a journalist before he became the designer of New Yorks Central Park, rode through in 1854 Horses and wives were of as little account as umbrellas in advanced states, he noted In 1939, Edna Ferber arrived on a prospecting trip that led to her novel Giant That book, finally published in 1952, was a sensation It popularized the image of Texas millionaires as greedy but colorful provincials, whose fortunes were built largely on luck rather than hard work or intelligence That there was truth in this summation was part of the sting When the New Yorker writer John Bainbridge passed through the state in 1961, gathering material for his book The Super Americans, he found Texans still reeling from what he called ednaferberism Few documents since the Emancipation Proclamation have stirred as much commotion, Bainbridge observed however, he also noticed that the movie had just come out, and it was booked on nearly every screen in the state In the movie version, Rock Hudson plays the cattle rancher with a spread the size of several states James Dean is the roughneck, who rises from nothing to build a stupendous fortune and Elizabeth Taylor is the civilizing Easterner, who acknowledges the exploitation of the Mexicans who do all the labor but fail to reap the profits Its been three quarters of a century since Giant first appeared on bookshelves, but the archetypes that Ferber codified still color the perceptions of Texans by both outsiders and Texans themselves.Bainbridge observed that the condescension of non Texans toward the state echoes the traditional Old World stance toward the New The faults of Texas, as they are recorded by most visitors, are scarcely unfamiliar, for they are the same ones that Europeans have been taxing us with for some three hundred years boastfulness, cultural underdevelopment, materialism, and all the rest, Bainbridge wrote He diagnosed the popular disdain for Texas as a combination of hostility born of envy and resentment born of nostalgia He added Texas is a mirror in which Americans see themselves reflected, not life sized but, as in a distorting mirror, bigger than life They are not pleased by the image.When Bainbridge visited, Texas was in the backseat of the national consciousness, a marginal influence despite its swelling oil wealth and sui generis political culture By the time Gail Collins, The New York Timess op ed columnist, arrived to research her 2012 manifesto, As Texas Goes How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, the accumulation of economic and political power meant that Texas now had a hand on the steering wheel Alarm had set in Texas runs everything, Collins wrote, expressing a typical liberal complaint Why, then, is it so cranky Steve and I have talked over the question of whether Texas is responsible for fomenting the darker political culture that has crept over our country, which is the charge that outsiders like Collins often make, citing as evidence Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam, George W Bush and Iraq, Tom DeLay and redistricting, Ted Cruz and the Tea Partyan impressive bill of particulars that has contributed to the national malaise Steve takes the position that Texas is simply a part of the mainstream Its influence may seem disproportionate, but its a huge state and it reflects trends that are under way all across the country If you visualize America as a sailing ship, Texas is like the hold, he says When the cargo shifts, its bound to affect the trajectory of the vessel.Im less forgiving I think Texas has nurtured an immature political culture that has done terrible damage to the state and to the nation Because Texas is a part of almost everything in modern Americathe South, the West, the Plains, Hispanic and immigrant communities, the border, the divide between the rural areas and the citieswhat happens here tends to disproportionately affect the rest of the nation Illinois and New Jersey may be corrupt, Kansas and Louisiana dysfunctional, but they dont bear the responsibility of being the future.Praise for God Save Texas Superb Wright s most personal work yet, an elegant mixture of autobiography and long form journalism, remarkably free of elitist bias on the one hand, and pithy guidebook pronouncements on the other David Oshinsky, The New York Times Book Review cover A love letter to a place Wright writes about Texas with the fervor, knowledge, and ambivalence that comes from deep seated familiarity Willard Spiegelman, The Wall Street Journal Essential reading notjust for Texans, but for anyone who wants to understand how one state changed the trajectory of the country Wright is one of the most talented journalists Texas has ever produced, and God Save Texas is him at his best It s a thoughtful, beautifully written book Michael Schaub, NPRCompelling timely There is a sleeping giant in Texas, and Wright captures the frustration and the hope that reverberate across the state each time it stirs Cecile Richards, The Washington Post Terrific all encompassing fueled with literary tension Wrights words could speak for both Texas and America Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning NewsGripping Whether you love Texas or hate Texas, you will likely find God Save Texasa very funny and a very informative book about a place unlike any other on the face of the earth.Jonah Raskin, New York Journal of Books The most entertaining and edifying nonfiction book Ive read so far this year Theres a jaw dropping portrait on the shocking shenanigans of the Texas legislature hymns to the natural beauty in the states far flung nooks and crannies, and a spot on analysis of Texass boom and bust economy Wright is a rare beast an elegant writer and a fearless reporter, with a sense of humor as dry as the plains of west Texas Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle TimesThoroughly explore s the political past, present and future of the Lone Star State Ryan Bort, Rolling Stone There is a noticeable and refreshing lack of defensiveness in Wright s journey through Texas Quirky anecdotes, philosophical musings on culture, and hyperlocal travel writing abound Elizabeth Catte, Boston ReviewA godsend Thorough and concise A brilliant analysis Marion Winik, NewsdayVivid Omnivorous Affectionate and genial Captures the full range of Texas in all its shame and glory An illuminating primer for outsiders who may not live there but have a surfeit of opinions about those who do Its a testament to Wrights formidable storytelling skills that a reader will encounter plenty of information without ever feeling lost Jennifer Szalai, The New York TimesIf you listen to one audiobook this year, make it this one Wrights gentle Texas accent infuses his tale of the Lone Star State with humor and depth Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed Wright focueses his razor sharp lens inward and on his home state, interjecting personal anecdotes to enliven the facts and figures Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary LifeA campfire stew of memoir, reportage and historical digression Wright is a typically Texas storyteller, an anecdotalist who wanders around and stops occasionally to point out the view, but somehow you end up getting where youre going anyway Pleasing Benjamin Markovits, The Guardian A deeply personal narrative Informative and entertaining Having been born and raised in Texas, I found myself not only intrigued with revisiting the depth of history of my home state as told by Wright, but also with the insights God Save Texas afforded me on my current home here in West Virginia Michael Amason, Herald Dispatch Splendid A critical, affectionate account of modern Texas, matched only by Larry McMurtry s great essay Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen Allen Lane, The Spectator Wright tames his sprawling subject matter with concise sentences and laser precise word choice Gives readers a front row seat to the battle within the Texas GOP between business oriented conservatives, led by House Speaker Joe Straus, and the social conservative wing headed up by Lt Gov Dan Patrick Chris Gray, Houston ChronicleA fascinating look ahead through the lens of a singular state Filled with larger than life Texas characters For every Texas stereotype Wright explores, theres something that blows it up Colette Bancroft, The Tampa Bay Times Exhilarating Wright has outdone himself in his latest literary effort Dr Manuel Flores, Caller Times Texana Reads The books 14 chapters dance between meditations on cities, culture, and politics, and all of them dive into what it means to be a Texan.Olivia Messer, The Daily BeastWrights affectionate, eye opening, and, at times, rueful love letter to his native state This is Texas in all its fascinating outrageousness Kevin OKelly, The Christian Science MonitorAmid the state legislatures fights over bathroom bills, feral hog abatement programs, and a bill allowing the hunting of wild pigs from hot air balloons, the reader comes away with an idea that the state is a place of competing melodies a bit of Austin country, a few measures of Roy Orbison, a riff from Buddy Holley and, for Wright, maybe a stanza of Home on the Range David M Shribman, The Boston Globe A compelling and insightful potpourri of history, encounters, and observations Wright has managed to sew together a patchwork quilt of a narrative into a substantive State of the state Bob Ruggiero, Houston PressWright, a lifelong Texan, knows his way around the states contradictions, from its wild borderlands to its craziest legislators His Lone Star biography is important, timely, and most important, riveting Boris Kachka,Vulture.comAn affecting memoir Studded with gems from the annals of Texas history Steven G Kellman, The Texas ObserverTakes readers on a trek through Texas from the dawn of the Republic to the 2016 election, and Texasspace, from Houston to Marfa, Dallas to El Paso Along the way, God Save Texas maps both the light and dark soul of the state Organized by themes and geography, Wright drills deep into Texas politics, arts, culture, big cities, border, and energy Wrights often humorous voice becomes a trusted guide when discovering Texass lost stories as well as confronting painful tragedies Tarra Gaines, Arts and Culture Texas The grand scale of Texas, and the sheer range of its places and peopleHouston to El Paso, the Panhandle to the Valleyis inevitably compelling to any writer, and Wright is happy just trying to get his arms around it all Michael King, Austin ChronicleMasterful An impressive ode to the Lone Star State In a balanced tone, this narrative examines Texass historical, political, and social fabric that make the present tapestry, revealing a portrait of one of the most perplexing American states Jacob Sherman, Library Journal starred review This thoughtful, engrossing, and often amusing survey is a kind of waltz through Texas It is a state whose history, politics and culture Wright finds endearing, repelling, and puzzling, all dependent upon which aspect he is exploring and describing An important book about a state and people who will continue to have a large impact on the U.S Jay Freeman, Booklist starred review An unflinching look at Texasthe state where Wright has spent most of his lifein all its grandeur and contradictions Wrights large scale portrait, which reveals how Texas is only growing in influence, is comprehensive, insightful, and compulsively entertaining Publishers Weekly starred review One of the states most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas As a staffer for The New Yorker and a Pulitzer Prize winning author, Wright has illuminated a variety of intriguing subcultures His native Texas is as exotic as any of them He approaches his subject on a number of levels as a stereotype, a movie myth, a cultural melting pot, a borderland, a harbinger of what is to come in an increasingly polarized and conservative country, and as a crucible that has shaped the character of a 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