Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dallas vs. Houston, part 3,296,847

"In Houston, only 250 miles to the southeast, business conservatism had never exactly been impotent, and the radicalism of its rightists had often exceeded Dallas'. Yet Houston was no monolith; it was, as one of its writers would say, a whiskey and trombone town, openly in conflict with itself, and its very disorder had encouraged a rough and open democracy. Dallas, in contrast, had grown sick from its very order, from the organized caution and self-interest of an ethos that demanded undeviating conformity."
Willie Morris, North Toward Home, 1967

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