The Epically True Tale of an Ice Cream Calamity

by Lauren Levine (2014 writer) Tragedy has officially struck…there is no ice cream at the Dairy Queen.  “Excuse me, can I have y’alls attention,” calls out the frazzled, brown-haired manager over our workshop groups’ chatter. “The machine is broken.” More ominous words have yet to be uttered in this culinary Mecca of Archer City. It’s…

2014 Auction of Larry McMurtry’s First Edition Works

        What: The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference Benefit Auction, celebrating the 10th year of the conference, which is hosted each July by the University of North Texas’ Frank W. & Sue Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism When: Online auction June 27(Friday) to July 19 (Saturday). Live auction, with first editions of 11 autographed novels…

Bananas

by Kensy Hutt Inside Plain Jane’s beauty parlor, a one bedroom apartment where women of Archer City let their hair down and then backcomb it up. “Well, I’m gonna go,” says McQuitta, as she steps her foot out the beauty salon door. “I got to go ladies.” Before McQuitta steps out the door into the…

Windmills

By Kathy Floyd   Are they objects of beauty, the giant pinwheels that rise out of the mesquite and brush? Their long blades turn with easy grace in the hot, dry Texas breeze, transforming that energy into the fuel that powers all our comforts and new-fangled gadgets. Or, are they soldiers of white steel and…

Everybody Stops

by Eric Nishimoto    It just hangs there. It dances and hops with the constant nudging of the breeze. It will not abandon its sentinel post dead center and high above the intersection and out of reach of even the biggest semis.  In the light of day it controls the flow of cars and trucks…