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TEXAS: a small word known worldwide that embodies all the attributes of the big state, its myths, legends, and history. That history itself is often indistinguishable from myth, aided by popular culture and media.

Nixon and Agnew

Perhaps an infamous president deserves an infamous vice president. Richard Nixon's running mate, Spiro Agnew, has almost as tarnished an image in modern American history as Nixon himself. Through a series of events that eerily foreshadowed the president's own eventual exit, Agnew was forced to leave office in October of 1973 after charges of tax evasion. Less than a year later, Nixon would resign over the Watergate scandal. In a fascinating piece just posted on the Atlantic web site, Miller Center scholar Nicole Hemmer looks at the Nixon/Agnew team, revealing a complex and flawed relationship. 

If you haven’t read any books by James Salter, should you read these lectures first? Maybe. Certainly the first one, “The Art of Fiction.” You would get a sense of his voice, of his rhythm–his perfectly timed abruptnesses, which are agreeable surprises–that is, you agree to stop and let the echo clarify. . . .