Jesse Washington

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  • 13 years ago | Longform

    The artist and his wife exited the Southern Pacific railroad station, stepped onto Franklin Street and hailed a taxi. Take us to the new university, please, the artist asked. Where? the cab driver asked. "Texas State University for Negroes." The d...

  • 13 years ago | Longform

    It's 3 p.m. on the West Loop, and Daren Wright is approaching the dreaded intersection of 610 and 59. Wright is heading back to work, driving a 1997 Dodge Neon north on the West Loop. He's coming from getting his vision checked at the Wal-Mart off...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    Nelie came in the door with a strange look on his face. "Get your things," he said. "We're playing the test today." The boys were shocked. The match against the Yanks was scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow afternoon, or the day after never...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    Racehorses, like many great athletes, are magnificently simple beasts. Lean and muscular, compressed with energy and top-heavy power ebbing into delicate legs, a fine horse is a beautiful sight. Especially when running flat out, a notch above a ga...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    Each summer, there is one top pick in the National Basketball Association draft. That is the dream. Each winter, there are more than 350,000 boys playing high school basketball. They are the dreamers. It's a remote dream. It's better to fantasize ...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    There are plenty of reasons for Roscoe to sip tonight. It's a spring evening on the south side of Houston, pleasantly warm instead of oven-hot, and there's no place in particular Roscoe's got to be. No clock to punch, no girlfriend to see. No resp...