I can’t name names, but after a week or so of calls and negotiating, I was able to get an inside source on Oprah Winfrey’s team. The source was on set when Winfrey had her showdown with Lance Armstrong today, and shared the following transcript with me.
Mike’s not really in the office too much, because he spends most of his days plotting new ways to get on year-end best-of lists. Many of those accolades this year came due to his “The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever.” He was recently interviewed for Gangrey about the story. Listen above.
I’m not sure if we can say that Ben Fountain has put Dallas on the literary map, but his presence here — writing from and about Dallas — certainly has helped lift this city’s bona fides as a place where serious writing is possible. In this new interview with Fountain in The Morning News, the author talks about working in Dallas:
Â There is something to be said for living in a city like Dallas and trying to write.Â You are living in the belly of the beast. It’s in your face every day–you’re living it. It’s not like a research trip somewhere. Your assumptions are always going to be challenged, your point of view challenged.Â I think it’s the most American city. You get the purest strain of certain aspects of America–like capitalism, free market evangelicalism–consumerism, materialism, conspicuous consumption.
And not wanting to die here:
I followed my wife out to Texas. She’s the reason I went. At the time I thought, well, Dallas feels similar to North Carolina. There is this veneer of Southern-ness about it, but with a big city, so I thought I’d get the best of both worlds. But after a couple of years I realized that no, it’s very different. My wife has had a really good career practicing law there. She’s happy doing what she is doing. We raised our kids there and it was a decent place to raise kids. But I have to say my wife and I have agreed we don’t want to die in Dallas.
Read the whole thing here.
This morning, we caught up with a local mosquito. He agreed to speak with us on the condition of anonymity. Transcript follows.
Megan Shaw is a junior at Washington and Lee University. She is also one of our summer interns. On Monday, she interviewed DaNae Couch, the current Miss Dallas and, as of last weekend, Miss Texas 2012.Â The 23-year-old Baylor grad is now attending law school at Texas Tech. The Q&A is after the jump.
I have known Christina Rees since circa 1996. We worked together at the dearly departed Met. We worked together at D. Now she’s the curator of The Art Galleries at TCU. In all the time I have known her (to my recollection), she has always had flowing, wavy-curly hair. I took a survey. This other guy (whom I won’t name but whose name rhymes with “crack”) and I both agreed: Christina’s hair was attractive. And it was black. The survey definitely revealed that it was black. Or dark. Now, however, things have changed. Several people in the past few days have asked me: “Did you see Christina’s new picture on Facebook?” You can see for yourself the look that Christina is rocking. I took another survey. That other guy and I once again both agreed: that is a blond mohawk. I asked Christina about it in a Gchat. Enjoy:
You may know him as the guy from the corny, I mean, Corning billboards and WFAA promos around the city. (You know the ones– “Good Morning, Texas” with the “m” crossed out?) He’s the latest addition to the anchor team of WFAA Daybreak and Midday News. D Magazine intern Bailey Powell sat down with the new leading man.
Read the entire interview — or at least the parts they published — with the once and future J.R. Ewing right here. A few out-of-context tastes to make you click:
“I just couldn’t resist it. I licked her from her hand up to her elbow.”
“Anything that’s fun gets a bad rap. I don’t know, I’ve never swapped in one of my baths – or anywhere, for that matter – and I’ve had them for like 50 years.”
“But I did want to be spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 to 300 people.”
Something terrible is going to happen tonight: After five embattled seasons,Â Friday Night Lights is airing its series finale at 8 pm on NBC. The fact that the show finally garnered an Emmy nod for Outstanding Drama this week only makes it sting a little more, but I hold no grudges.
In honor of FNL‘s final episode, we tracked down Brad Leland, who plays a meddling high school football booster named Buddy Garrity on the show. Leland is originally from Lubbock. He now lives in Allen. And you can read words that he said to me over on FrontRow.
Josh Venable was officially hired as the Edge’s PD today, 18 years after he started at the station as an intern. We have a brief chat about some of that after the jump. Don’t expect too much journalism. He’s my friend and I had two beers watching the U.S. beat France.
I’m guessing here, but you probably weren’t watching KXAS’ Channel 5.2 last night at around 6:30. (I had to explain to co-workers the system by which people watch over-the-air digital channels, a system that until recently was used at the Rogers household.) So here’s what happened. Please savage me in the comments.
Actor Dennis Quaid, who’s been through all the usual movie-star craziness, from addiction to tabloid divorce, seems to have turned into a poster boy for family values. The Houston-born Quaid, who turns 57Â next weekend,Â has moved with his wife, Kimberly, and theirÂ 3-year-old twins, Thomas and Zoe,Â to Austin, where Kimberly is an agent in the family real estate business. But,Â can he make a go of it there? “I sure hope so.Â Or else, I’ve made a terrible mistake,” the actor laughed at NorthPark Center Saturday,Â walking the red carpet at the Dallas International Film Festival for his latest flick, called Soul Surfer. Hollywood’s just a phone call away, he said, and in AustinÂ he can be “close to family. Plus, it’s a great place to live.”
Quaid’s also drawing on his family for creative inspiration, he said. In this latest film, which is based on a true story, he plays the father of teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack but overcame the ordeal to surf again. Quaid (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean) recalled how just 12 days after his twins were born, they were mistakenly given massive overdoses of a drug called heparin. “It could have been fatal. But through the power of prayer from a lot of people, they survived that, and we had a happy ending,” he said. “So, I could relate to the Hamilton family that way.”
At long last, below you will find the Dwaine Caraway audio (courtesy of our friends at the Observer). It’s interesting — but not in the way many of us expected it would be. Though he is foul-mouthed, Caraway is calm and collected as he explains to cops what went down in his house that night between him and wife. It really is easy to see where the guy is coming from. He’s trapped in his game room. His wife, state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, has a knife. How long can he remain trapped? He has to come out eventually. And when he does, he’ll have to protect himself. Someone will get hurt. The only course of action? Call the police to help diffuse the situation. Sure, I’m with him.
Are we really to believe that this whole thing started, as Caraway says, because his wife was throwing out some of his aprons and he asked her not to? Why did Barbara freak out so violently? Because, as Caraway says on the tape, she might have a chemical imbalance? Or because, as he says later, she can’t handle power?
Then there are the clothes strewn about the living room floor. Caraway mentions these to cops several times. He wants them to know that his house doesn’t normally look like that. He’s been organizing his closets, he says, and that’s why the suits and so forth are all over the place. Riiight. That’s usually what I do, too, when I have people over to watch football games. I take out all my clothes and spread them around the living room so my buddies can help me tidy up my closets during commercial breaks.
Dwaine Caraway is a liar. He’s been lying throughout this whole process. I feel for him on the marital discord stuff. He’s clearly got problems on the homefront. But he wasn’t telling the cops the truth about what, exactly, went down that night.
The question remains: what is Caraway trying to cover up?
Intern Nicole Holland Pearce talked to InÃ©s Sainz. Read what Sainz has to say about that little incident in a locker room:
In Mexico, she’s known as the Woman of Sports. In America, InÃ©s Sainz’ reputation got off to a rough start after the incident in the New York Jets locker room. But the seasoned sports reporter for TV Azteca in Mexico, and now Azteca America in the United States, is here to prove it’s all for the love of the game. We caught up with Sainz earlier this week, in town covering her seventh Super Bowl.