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In Memoriam: Gary Cartwright
Time to "Turn Out the Lights" for the Texas Mad Dog writer
DAILY Arts  March 2, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Gary Cartwright, Texas Monthly stalwart, author of the true-crime classic Blood Will Tell, sportswriter extraordinaire, inveterate prankster, and all-around helluva writer, died Wed., Feb. 22, after complications from a fall in his home..."

That Wild Man
Gary Cartwright: The mad, mad, mad life of a Texas wordsmith
Arts Story  June 25, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Thus begins Gary Cartwright's 1976 Texas Monthly profile of the state's most notorious stripper, a story that in many ways cemented a style of inserting himself into the narrative. It's a technique that served him well in writing the memoir The Best I Recall (University of Texas Press, 272 pp., $27.95) When UT Press asked him to pen the book, he realized details of events from party days of yore were often hazy...."

Can Lazarus Rise Again?
Gary Bradley faces bankruptcy, and Austin wonders if he'll survive and thrive one more time.
News Story  October 11, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...And he did. Texas Monthly's Gary Cartwright recounted Bradley's rags to riches story in May 1984, shortly before Bradley and James Gressett bought nearly 20% of the Houston Rockets..."

Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300
Authors for Fest 20 include Lethem, Lemony, Pitts, Diggs, Hart
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Already announced were literary treasure Sandra Cisneros, with a new memoir, A House of My Own; Dallas star Linda Gray with her memoir, The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction, and Stephen L. Moore's new history, Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846, but they'll be joined by journalist Gary Cartwright (The Best I Recall), former Chronicle staffer Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget), Bower Yousse and Thomas J..."

Things They Used to Do
Dick Holland assesses two Texas journalists, Gary Cartwright and Jan Reid, whose new collections of articles possess a cautionary wisdom, the kind you acquire when you court danger and danger provides you with a keen view of what lies beyond.
Books Story  February 23, 2001, by Dick Holland
"...Turn Out the Lights: Chronicles of Texas During the 80s and 90sby Gary Cartwright..."

Notes on Mad Dogs
If you were young, talented, and a little crazy in the old Austin, you may have answered to the bizarre title of "Mad Dog."
Books Story  January 26, 2001, by Clay Smith
"...An attempt at definition: Mad Dog is the chosen name of a band of rebellious artists -- mainly writers and journalists but also musicians and painters -- who lived in Texas, mostly in Austin, in the late Sixties and early Seventies who partied and wrote in an identifiably Texan, outlaw manner. Members include Texas Monthly senior editor Gary Cartwright and his wife Phyllis; novelist and screenwriter Bud Shrake (Shrake and Cartwright were the founders); Dennis Hopper, who starred in Kid Blue (1973), a movie that Shrake wrote; Marvin Schwarz, who produced the movie; actors Peter Boyle and Warren Oates, also in Kid Blue; Willie Nelson; Jerry Jeff Walker (and later, his wife Susan); Peter and Jody Gent (Peter Gent is the author of the classic football satire North Dallas Forty and a former Dallas Cowyboys wide receiver); Bill Brammer, author of The Gay Place; painter and sculptor Fletcher Boone; labor lawyer David Richards and his wife Ann, who would become the governor of Texas; Larry L..."

Bud Shrake's Adventures in the Film Trade
'Midnight rambling, creative gambling': Louis Black's 1985 interview with Songwriter screenwriter Bud Shrake
Screens Story  May 8, 2009, by Louis Black
"...Long before I either read or saw any of his work, I had heard of Bud Shrake. The spreading Texas mythos of the early Seventies, sweeping east and west at a leisurely, almost languid pace, was amply seeded with his names and deeds, as part of a group of tough new Texas writers including Peter Gent, Gary Cartwright, Dan Jenkins, and the guiding shadow of Billy Lee Brammer..."

Postscripts
How to get Book Sense and why you'll be seeing lots of Texas Monthly in book form this fall.
Books Column  September 22, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...He was slipping out of character. It was possible he had made a mistake," Gary Cartwright wrote in "Is Jay J..."

Just Can't Get Enough
More Summer Reading
Books Story  June 12, 1998
"...I'm not the target audience for Gary Cartwright's new book, HeartWiseGuy: How to Live the Good Life After a Heart Attack (St. Martin's Press, $22.95 hard)..."

Postscripts
Upcoming events in Austin's literary life.
Books Column  January 19, 2001, by Clay Smith
"...23, at 7pm... Gary Cartwright's recent collection of articles, Turn Out the Lights: Chronicles of Texas During the 80s and 90s (UT Press, 282 pp., $19.95 paper) has a new essay, "1963: My Most Unforgettable Year," in which Cartwright recalls knowing Jack Ruby, "the cheesy little hood who owned the Carousel Club," among other intriguing aspects of being a young sportswriter in Dallas in 1963..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Gary Cartwright's memoir The Best I Recall (UT Press) was my favorite nonfiction work of 2015. It follows Cartwright's career from Sixties Dallas/Ft..."

1998 Texas Book Festival Schedule
Books Story  November 13, 1998
"...12pm Rabid! The Life & Times of Austin's Mad Dogs Moderator: Jan Reid; Gary Cartwright, Jay Dunston Milner, Bud Shrake..."

Learning From Our Mistakes
Free, but not exonerated, Fran and Dan Keller are the victims of a continuing injustice
News Story  March 10, 2016, by Michael King
"...April 1994: Texas Monthly publishes "The Innocent and the Damned" by Gary Cartwright, the first detailed re-examination of the Keller prosecution...."

Point Austin: A Taste of Freedom
Thanks to those who fought for justice – the fight continues
News Column  December 6, 2013, by Michael King
"...Beyond that, there are plenty of others who had a hand in this important victory. In April 1994, Gary Cartwright wrote an important story ("The Innocent and the Damned") for Texas Monthly, which still provides a road map to the Kellers' preposterous investigation and prosecution..."

The Insider's Outsider Guide to Texas
Remembering Bud Shrake
Books Story  May 15, 2009, by Clay Smith
"...He once told me that whenever he interviewed someone, he took notes and used a tape recorder. According to an article Shrake's friend and Texas Monthly journalist Gary Cartwright wrote in the April 2000 issue of that magazine, Shrake placed this quote in his office: "The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug – Mark Twain."..."

Postscripts
Upcoming literary events in Austin.
Books Column  May 25, 2001, by Clay Smith
"...Stephen Bruton, the Tejana Dames, and poet Iréne Silva, among others, will help raúlrsalinas celebrate his new spoken word CD Los Many Mundos de raúlrsalinas: un poetic jazz viaje con friends at the Continental Club on Saturday, May 26, 7-9pm. Free… Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith and TM writers Gary Cartwright, Skip Hollandsworth, and Mimi Swartz will be at BookPeople on Tuesday, May 29, at 7pm, to read from Texas Crime Chronicles: Outrageous True Stories of Murder and Mayhem in the Lone Star State… Dallas dramaturges Ann Taylor and Greg Romero, the forces behind rm 120 theatre, a collective of artists "dedicated to the development of dynamic and provocative new works," according to their mission statement, will be at BookPeople on Thursday, May 31, at 7pm, with playwright Michael Kranes to present his new play, Sunset Bar, in which "a 'super-realist' abandons his art career to paint sunsets..."

Femmes Fatales: Rounding up Austin's Women of Mystery
Books Story  May 2, 1997, by Anna Hanks
"...Walker also writes the Molly Cates series, noting the preference for a series because "it really gives you scope for developing a character." Set in Austin, the middle-aged Cates works at a magazine, Lone Star Monthly. Walker describes Cates as "a sort of female Gary Cartwright, but prettier." Walker mischievously explains the impact of the real Gary Cartwright --a writer at Texas Monthly -- on the character by coyly saying, "I wouldn't say I was inspired by him, but I wouldn't say I wasn't."..."

Summer Reading
Books Story  June 9, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...When I was a 10-year-old girl in the colorless Houston suburb of Spring, I liked to sneak Gary Cartwright's collection Confessions of a Washed-up Sportswriter off my parents' bookshelf and read his observant and painstakingly researched essay about Candy Barr, the retired Dallas stripper turned Brownwood recluse. Candy made her name in the skin trade but endured as an anti-establishment icon because she was an obstreperous, lawless, and occasionally violent woman who hated injustice..."

Postscripts
Events
Books Column  April 17, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...The Texas Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic has released volume one (of what they are hoping will be many more) of Texas Voices and Visions, which consists of nine Texas authors reading excerpts of their works. Four of those authors, Gary Cartwright, Jan Reid, Elizabeth Crook, and the certifiably insane Jim Kunetka will be at Book People Friday, April 17, 7pm, to read from their works..."

A League of Their Own
Screens Story  March 11, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...BS: I'd started writing Kid Blue when I got a telegram from Cliff Robertson offering me a job writing this movie, JW Coop, the rodeo movie. I had a story in Harper's about rodeos, and at the same time, Gary Cartwright had a story in Life magazine about rodeos...."

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