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'Being Texan': Texas Monthly editors explore the essence of the lone star state in new book

(Texas Monthly)

There is a fearless declaration of the obvious in “Being Texan: Essays, Recipes, and Advice for the Lone Star Way of Life,” a book that invites its readers to recall the power and panache of the late Texas Gov. Anne Richards, before getting schooled on no less than twenty types of taco.

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7 scary films shot in Austin to see in October

(Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation)

As Austin becomes little Hollywood with the latest films and series making Austin their backdrop, longtime Austinites know this is nothing new for the place that is the home to the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Here are seven films worth watching this spooky season that you'll see a piece of Austin in.

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Silencing of Spanish for survival: Why 2nd generation Hispanics don't speak their native language

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Full disclosure: I do not speak Spanish. Growing up in McAllen, Texas, I understand the language to a degree of absolute confidence, yet I rarely attempt to speak Spanish aloud.

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