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Cracks in the Ceiling
An extended Q&A with Ann Richards biographer Jan Reid
DAILY Books  October 25, 2012, by Michael King
"...Last week the Chronicle sat down for a conversation with Jan Reid, author of the new biography, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards...."

A 'Bullet' to the Gut
In The Bullet Meant for Me, his new memoir, Texas Monthly writer Jan Reid explains why he went to Mexico and was forced to return as a changed man.
Books Story  March 29, 2002, by Clay Smith
"...About four years ago, Jan Reid, a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and the author of The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, flew to Mexico City with three male colleagues to watch a boxing match. Julio Alvarez, a popular Mexico City native, was the clear favorite over Jesus Chavez, a talented super featherweight who used to live in Austin but was in Mexico because Immigration and Naturalization Services returned him there..."

Cracks in the Ceiling
Jan Reid on Ann Richards' legacy
Books Story  October 26, 2012, by Michael King
"...Last week the Chronicle sat down for a brief conversation with Jan Reid, author of the new biography, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. What follows is a brief selection from that conversation (edited for length)..."

Postscripts
Money Raised for Reid
Books Column  May 15, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...$60,000 - that's the amount organizers of the Jan Reid Rescue Fund have raised in an amazingly short timespan to benefit Reid and his wife Dorothy Browne while Reid recovers from bullet wounds suffered in Mexico City last month. Much of that money was raised last Saturday night at a Four Seasons benefit that Browne attended but Reid could only attend electronically, as organizers had digital cameras present that relayed the evening to Reid's room at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston...."

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
"...Close Calls: Jan Reid's Texasby Jan Reid..."

'He's Forked Himself'
Our Full conversation with Louis Dubose about 'The Hammer'
News Story  October 29, 2004, by Michael King
"...Last month PublicAffairs published The Hammer: Tom DeLay, God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress, by Austin authors Lou Dubose and Jan Reid. The book recounts the life and career of U.S..."

Point Austin: Missing Ann Richards
New biography recalls the highwater mark of Texas liberalism
News Column  October 19, 2012, by Michael King
"...Near the end of his fascinating new biography of the late Texas Gov. Ann Rich­ards, Let the People In, author Jan Reid allows himself to speculate briefly whether it all might have turned out differently – that is, if the end of Richards' administration had concluded more like its celebratory beginning ....."

At the Top of His Game
Longtime Texas Monthly editor Gregory Curtis calls it quits; deputy editor Evan Smith will succeed him. Louis Dubose, editor of the Texas Observer for 13 years, announces he will retire.
News Column  June 9, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...Jan Reid, a writer noted for his book The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, the definitive history of Austin's early-Seventies "outlaw country" music scene, has freelanced for the Monthly for years. He had a bitter crossing of swords with Curtis when Reid was briefly hired as a senior editor in 1994, but then let go a year later...."

Me No Kissy Ass
News Story  January 31, 1997
"...During the development of this story, he displayed the efficiency of his political machine. The Texas Observer originally assigned this article to Jan Reid, a former senior editor at Texas Monthly magazine..."

Postscripts
What made Dave Oliphant want to write a long series of thematically linked poems about various places in Texas, especially when quite a few of those places at first glance seem, um, immune to the poetic touch (ever been to Wink)?
Books Column  September 29, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...Oliphant will be at Barnes & Noble Guadalupe on Friday, September 29, at 7pm... Jan Reid, another commentator on Texas myths, will be at Barnes & Noble Arboretum to read from his new collection of articles, Close Calls: Jan Reid's Texas, on Thursday, October 5, at 7:30pm....."

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
"...The cover copy of this book, "Outrageous True Stories of Murder and Mayhem in the Lone Star State" is begging for three exclamation points to finalize the sentiment, but once you get past all that, you'll find rigorously sculpted true crime writing -- brooding, tenacious, and, yes, ocasionally outrageous stuff. The book has 17 of the magazine's articles, including Mimi Swartz's "The Cheerleader Murder Plot," four of Cartwright's articles, and Skip Hollandsworth's "The Killer Cadets." But that's not all; these things have to come in threes, of course: A collection of TM scribe Jan Reid's writing, Close Calls: Jan Reid's Texas (Texas A&M Press, $29.95) is in stores now (and Reid will be at Barnes & Noble Arboretum on Thursday, Oct..."

'Reinventing Government'
A conversation with Louis Dubose about Tom DeLay and 'The Hammer'
News Story  October 29, 2004, by Michael King
"...Last month, PublicAffairs published The Hammer: Tom DeLay, God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress, by Austin authors Lou Dubose and Jan Reid. The book recounts the life and career of U.S..."

Sheet Music
Music Story  May 28, 2004, by Christopher Gray
"...The Improbable Rise of Redneck RockBy Jan Reid..."

Texas Tornado: The Times & Music of Doug Sahm
The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock author Jan Reid rips fast and clean through the Lone Star State's most groovy kat
Music Review  February 26, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...Texas Tornado: The Times & Music of Doug Sahmby Jan Reid with Shawn Sahm University of Texas Press, 201 pp., $24.95..."

Steven Fromholz
Music Story  September 11, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...But that isn't what he's saying these days; rather, it's what he told journalist Jan Reid back in 1973 in Reid's book on Austin's "outlaw country" scene, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Then only 28, Fromholz seemed to fancy himself a grizzled old veteran of the music world..."

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & the Dominos
Music Story  December 1, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...by Jan Reid..."

Capitol Chronicle
The pundits say Karl Rove is the One, but he's really only one among many.
News Column  March 14, 2003, by Michael King
"...The name Karl Rove, like that of Saddam Hussein, is on everybody's lips these days. In part, that's because of two new books with Austin connections: Boy Genius, by former Chronicle Politics editor Louis Dubose, Texas Monthly writer Jan Reid, and Washington reporter Carl Cannon; and Bush's Brain, by Capitol TV correspondent James Moore and Wayne Slater, Austin bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News..."

Postscripts
Books Column  May 8, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...The two people featured in "Postscripts" this week are meant to be celebrated, not mourned, as the gravestone motif above might lead you to believe. On Saturday, May 9, 7pm at the Four Seasons, many people, in fact, will be celebrating the good cause of raising money for the mounting medical bills of Austin writer and longtime Texas Monthly contributing editor Jan Reid..."

Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture
There's a lot more to being a cosmic cowboy than just being a Lone Star
Music Story  December 6, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...More often, the communion of "hippies and rednecks" at the Armadillo World Headquarters serves as shorthand for the contradictory nature of greater "Texanness" that collided full force in the Seventies. This complicated conception spins in an eddy of big oil, counterculture, political influence, and, as the author introduces in this necessary history, "the oppositions of urban and rural, modern and traditional, and the politico-cultural valences of left and right." Assistant director of the Center for Texas Music History, Jason Mellard provides an accessibly academic companion and perspective to Jan Reid's 1974 landmark, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, with Austin serving as a microcosm of the "progressive re-visioning of 'the Texan,'" synthesized in the cultural imagination with the state's rooted conservatism and values..."

Texas Book Festival Announces 2012 Lineup
Hot off the press: Justin Cronin, Junot Díaz, and Cheryl Strayed among 200 authors to attend
Books Story  September 14, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Other biographers include Naomi Wolf (Vagina), D.T. Max, whose Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story is the first book-length profile of the late David Foster Wallace; Jan Reid (Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards); and Joe Nick Patoski (The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America)..."

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