In this issue of The Texas Observer : The Texas Observer is an Austin-based nonprofit news organization known for fearless investigative reporting, narrative storytelling and sophisticated cultural criticism about all things Texan. The nonprofit Texas Democracy Foundation publishes the Texas Observer bimonthly magazine and texasobserver.org.
Since its founding in 1954, the Observer has covered issues that are often ignored or underreported by other media. We strive to expose injustice and to produce the kind of impact journalism that changes people’s lives for the better. Our thoughtful arts and culture coverage recognizes the diversity and talent of Texas’ creative community.
In this issue: "Abandoned in the Permian Basin" looks at what happens when oil companies go belly-up, and deserted wells have devastating financial and environmental consequences; one year in, we revisit Texans who shared their COVID-19 stories last summer, in "Pandemic Portraits"; textile artist Diedrick Brackens recasts symbols of life and death in Texas in "How to Return"; we interview U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson on racism and COVID-19 disparities; food documentary 'Truly Texas Mexican' oversimplifies Indigenous identity, and 'News of the World' unsuccessfully tries to redeem the Western at is most harmful.
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