Tim Cavanaugh on Gail Collins' Laugh-Free, Fact-Challenged Book on Texas


New York Times columnist Gail Collins has graced our shelves with As Texas Goes…, a lighthearted jeremiad catalogued under "Political Science" by W.W. Norton & Company's Liveright Publishing Corp. At just under 200 pages of text, the book aims to describe the hog-stomping zaniness of Texas from the perspective of a self-amused Northeast Corridor tenderfoot. But as Tim Cavanaugh reports, Collins messes with Texas and loses in this laugh-free, fact-challenged work.