Independent bookstores like Deep Vellum in Dallas and The Book Burrow in Pflugerville are “the heart and soul of the literary community” in towns and cities statewide. And despite years of pandemic life that kept readers away, indie bookstores are finding new ways to thrive. Editor-at-Large Gayle Reaves and Digital Editor Kit O’Connell delve into how storefront retailers are turning the page this holiday shopping season.
A version of this story ran in our November / December 2022 print issue.
Texans are looking to transform community college using outcomes-based perspectives. “Changing the mindset or culture from a contact hour/enrollment-driven perspective to a degree-completion mindset culture will bolster the support system at community colleges that every student needs to succeed,” said Paris Junior College president Pam Anglin. The result could be increased student success, even for those who struggle the most to enroll, writes contributor Sarah Dolezal.
Cheap electricity helped Texas become home to some of the largest Bitcoin mining sites in the nation. But the blockchain facilities can use as much power as a city. Given the state’s beleaguered electrical grid, Staff Writer Delger Erdenesanaa wonders if the juice is worth the squeeze.
Ten years ago, the Texas Observer revealed that, at Texas’ major four-year universities, few students came from poor families. Hannah Carney reported in October 2012 that most students at the University of Texas at Austin had family incomes twice as high as most Texas families.