March, Week 1 – Notes From Hurricane Country – Gary Cartwright

I started reading Gary Cartwright’s articles in college, when I interned at Texas Monthly. His book Galveston: A History of the Island ( was a major inspiration in writing THE GALVESTON CHRONICLES. When I was in Italy for a summer, working on an early draft of the novel, I only had one quote on my writing desk and it was from a 1975 article Gary wrote called “Who Was Jack Ruby?”

The line was “Jack Ruby was a foulmouthed, mean-tempered purde who loved children and hated ethnic jokes.” That is just one example of why I love Gary’s writing. Here is another, an article called “Consider the Oyster” about Gulf Coast oystermen. You have to sign up for a free online account with Texas Monthly to read the whole article, but it’s worth it.


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