Jim Simmon

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  • 18 years ago | Longform

    One of the finest novels about American politics is Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, first published in 1946, the year that Bill Clinton was born in that little town called Hope. Warren's book is built around the character of Willie Stark,...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    You've got to hand it to Lee Brown -- the man has been deft when it comes to wielding a symbol. Or so it's seemed. You'd have to be a card-carrying member of the Texas Aryan National Skinheads not to have been moved by all the not-so-subtle signs ...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    The call came late in the evening, when I was dead to the world, but I quickly snapped to when that familiar voice came through the answering machine. It was Elyse. We hadn't talked since our beer-fueled trip to Kingwood last spring, when she had ...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    You could hear the organ swelling and the congregation clapping a block away from Salem Missionary Baptist Church, a small redoubt of piety in the northside neighborhood of Independence Heights, where the windows of the frame houses are covered by...

  • 18 years ago

    A few things we've learned as the November 4 election draws nigh, pertinent information that may be overlooked by the League of Women Voters: (1) It's all over between Helen Huey and Bob Lanier. Six months ago, Huey was calling Lanier "one of the ...

  • 18 years ago

    Weird Power Trip The world-class pyrotechnics have turned to ash, the world-class traffic jam has dispersed and the world-class mountain of garbage has been collected, but a burning question about Houston Industries' Power of Houston '97 celebrati...