Other Writings by Steven L. Davis

Online stories & articles

Confessions of a Small Town Political Reporter (Windows, 1996, republished in the San Marcos Mercury in 2013)

Essay: “Texas Literature: The First 470 Years (Give or Take a Few Days.)” Humanities Texas newsletter, May 2012.

“Unpacking Cormac McCarthy” [cover story] Texas Observer. Sep 23, 2010.

 

 

Writing in Journals and Magazines

• "LBJ & Dallas's Mink Coat Mob." American Prospect, November 20, 2013.

• "Dallas Attack on Adlai Stevenson." The New Republic, November 18, 2013.

• "The City that Killed Kennedy." Slate, November 18, 2013.

• " The Defrocked General: Oswald's First Target." The Daily Beast, October 3, 2013.

• “Mining Dobie: Cormac McCarthy's Debt to J. Frank Dobie in The Crossing. Southwestern American Literature, Spring 2013.

• “Texas Literature: The First 470 Years (Give or Take a Few Days.)” Humanities Texas newsletter, May 2012.

• “Seldom-Told Stories: In Searching for the Blues, Bill Minutaglio Discovered the Soul of Black Texas,” Texas Music, Summer 2011.

• “Swamp Think: Joe R. Lansdale’s East Texas,” Texas Monthly, April 2011.

• “Lost Books of Texas: George Washington Gómez” by Américo Paredes. Texas Observer, March 30, 2011.

“Unpacking Cormac McCarthy.” Texas Observer. Sep 23, 2010.

• “From Porch to Paper: Bill Minutaglio Goes In Search of the Blues.” Texas Observer. Jun 11, 2010.

• “Requiem for the Valley? Considering Oscar Casares’ Amigoland.” Southwestern American Literature. Fall 2009.

• “Eros in Dobie Country.” Southwestern American Literature. Fall 2006.

• “Never Look a Gift Basket in the Eye: My Adventures along the Literary Farm-to-Market Road. Southwestern American Literature. Fall 2005.

• “Absurdism in the Southwest: Edwin Shrake's Blessed McGill.” Southwestern American Literature. Fall 2003.

• “Texas Music Archives: The Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University-San Marcos.” The Journal of Texas Music History. Spring 2002.

• “The Early Years of Texas Monthly: The Correspondence of Founding Editor William Broyles, Jr.” Southwestern American Literature. Spring 1999.

• “Confessions of a Small-Town Political Reporter.” Windows. Winter, 1996.

• “Américo Paredes’ George Washington Gómez: The Novel as History.” Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Emerging Literature of the Southwest Culture. University of Texas at El Paso, 1995.

 

Book Reviews

• Rev. of Will Rogers: A Political Biography by Richard D. White Jr. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, October 2013.

• Rev. of River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado by Margie Crisp. Southwestern American Literature, Fall 2012.

• Rev. of Blue Sabine. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, July 2012.

• Rev. of Literary Houston. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 2012.

• Rev. of The Road to Roma. Southwestern American Literature, Fall 2011.

• Rev. of Américo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Jan 2011.

• Rev. of Dirty Wars: Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Oct 2010.

• Rev. of The Adventures of Eddie Fung: Chinatown Kid, Texas Cowboy, Prisoner of War by Judy Yung. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. January 2009.

• Rev. of Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites by Laurence Parent. Texas Books in Review. Spring 2009.

• Rev. of Literary Dallas ed. by Francis Brannen Vick. Texas Books in Review. Spring 2009.

• Rev. of Literary Austin ed. by Don Graham. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. July 2008.

• Rev. of Listening to Cougar ed. by Marc Bekoff and Cara Blessley Lowe. Southwestern American Literature. Spring 2008.

• Rev. of Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest ed. by Sam Deshong Ratcliffe. Southwestern American Literature. Spring 2008.

• Rev. of The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary by Ramón Saldívar. Texas Books in Review. Winter 2007/2008.

• Rev. of The Legacy of Américo Paredes by José R. López Morín. Texas Books in Review. Winter 2007/2008.

• Rev. of New Stories from the Southwest ed. by D. Seth Horton. Southwestern American Literature. Fall 2007.

• Rev. of Perseverance by Patrick Dearen. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. July 2007.

• Rev. of Literary Austin ed. by Don Graham. Texas Books in Review. Summer/Fall 2007.

• Rev. of Texas Woman of Letters: Karle Wilson Baker. By Sarah Ragland Jackson. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. October 2006.

• Rev. of The First Texas News Barons by Patrick Cox. Texas Books in Review. Spring 2006.

• Rev. of The News in Texas: Essays in Honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Texas Press Association. Texas Books in Review. Spring 2006.

• Rev. of Challenger Park by Stephen Harrigan. San Antonio Express-News. April 23, 2006.

• Rev. of Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing edited by David Taylor. San Antonio Express-News. February 26, 2006.

• Rev. of Bleed into Me: A Book of Stories by Stephen Graham Jones. San Antonio Express-News. December 25, 2005.

• Rev. of Adventures with a Texas Humanist by James Ward Lee. Great Plains Journal. Fall 2005.

• Rev. of Mission to America: A Novel by Walter Kirn. San Antonio Express-News. October 30, 2005.

• Rev. of Splendor in the Short Grass: The Grover Lewis Reader edited by Jan Reid and W.K. Stratton. Texas Books in Review. Spring/Summer 2005.

• Rev. of The Life and Times of Willie Velasquez: Su voto es su voz by Juan A. Sepúlveda. Texas Books in Review. Spring/Summer 2005.

• Rev. of Lone Star Chapters: The Story of Texas Literary Clubs by Betty Holland Wiesepape. Southwestern Historical Quarterly. April 2005.

• Rev. of Felix Longoria’s Wake: Bereavement, Racism, and the Rise of Mexican American Activism by Patrick J. Carroll. Texas Books in Review. Fall/Winter 2003-2004.

• “Zen on the Green; One Under Par.” Review essay on Billy Boy by Bud Shrake and The Money-Whipped Steer-Job Three-Jack Give-Up Artist by Dan Jenkins. Texas Books in Review. Spring/Summer 2002.

• Rev. of Texas Mountains photographs by Laurence Parent, text by Joe Nick Patoski. Texas Books in Review. Winter 2001.

• Rev. of But Not for Love by Edwin Shrake. Texas Books in Review. Spring 2001.

• Rev. of Close Calls by Jan Reid. Texas Books in Review. Fall/Winter 2000.

• Rev. of Spanking Watson by Kinky Friedman. Texas Books in Review. Spring 2000.

• Rev. of Confessions of a Maddog: A High-Flying Romp through the Texas Music and Literary Era of the Fifties to the Seventies by Jay Dunston Milner. Texas Books in Review. Summer 1999.

• Rev. of The Shadow by Américo Paredes. Texas Books in Review. Fall/Winter 1998.

• Rev. of Texas Music by Rick Koster. Texas Books in Review. Summer 1998.

• Rev. of A West Texas Soapbox by Jim Sanderson. Texas Books in Review. Summer 1998.

• Rev. of Texas Short Stories by Billy Bob Hill (ed.) Texas Books in Review. Fall 1997.

• Rev. of Caballero: A Historical Novel by Jovita González and Eve Raleigh. Texas Books in Review. Spring 1997.

• Rev. of A Texas-Mexican Cancionero: Folksongs of the Lower Border by Américo Paredes. Texas Books in Review. Fall/Winter 1996.

• Rev. of Comanche Midnight by Stephen Harrigan. Southwestern American Literature. Spring 1996.

• Rev. of The Texas Stories of Nelson Algren edited by Bettina Drew. Southwestern American Literature. Spring 1996.

• Rev. of El Rancho in South Texas by Joe S. Graham. Southwestern American Literature. Spring 1995.

• Rev. of The Journey of Hector Rabinal by Donley Watt. Southwestern American Literature. Fall 1994.

• Rev. of Can’t Get There From Here: Stories by Donley Watt. Southwestern American Literature. Fall 1994.

• Rev. of Alligator Dance by Janet Peery. Southwestern American Literature. Spring 1994.