On the Road with Kevin Williamson

Last week, Jay took a road trip with Kevin Williamson, from Dallas to Rockdale, a town in Milam County, Texas. They went to Rockdale to see a newspaper editor, with whom they did a podcast. But on the way there, they did a podcast themselves: in which Jay asked Kevin about Texas, America, and the rhythms of life. Go along for the ride – it’s a good conversation, offering much food for thought, and some laughs.

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There are 11 comments.

  1. James Gawron Thatcher

    Jay & Kevin,

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #1
    • April 8, 2019, at 12:37 PM PST
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  2. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    I’m an Aussie/American married to an Aggie and I love Texas. Love the friendly people, great food, big open spaces and the Houston Astros! Just visited my youngest son who was recently transferred to Dallas and had a wonderful time. We plan to retire there in 2020 and won’t miss northern Virginia at all.

    The Netflix film The Highwaymen is good. Beautifully filmed.

    • #2
    • April 8, 2019, at 2:11 PM PST
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  3. James Gawron Thatcher

    Jay & Kevin,

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #3
    • April 8, 2019, at 2:46 PM PST
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  4. Pugshot Member

    @juliablaschke

    The Netflix film The Highwaymen is good. Beautifully filmed.

    Agree on both counts: a really good film, well-acted, and beautifully filmed. Also relevant to our present day for the observation that Bonnie & Clyde were terrible people – unconscionable murderers – who were nonetheless celebrated by the average person. The film presages the celebrity culture we’re suffering through today.

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    • April 8, 2019, at 7:07 PM PST
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  5. James Gawron Thatcher

    Pugshot (View Comment):

    @juliablaschke

    The Netflix film The Highwaymen is good. Beautifully filmed.

    Agree on both counts: a really good film, well-acted, and beautifully filmed. Also relevant to our present day for the observation that Bonnie & Clyde were terrible people – unconscionable murderers – who were nonetheless celebrated by the average person. The film presages the celebrity culture we’re suffering through today.

    Pugs,

    Yes, you are very right about this. On many levels, this story really brings us back to reality. Celebrity makes cold-blooded killers into folk heroes. Identity politics imagines that having a woman as governor solves all political problems and, of course, this generation is the first one to ever think of it. The governor is taken in by the hype of the big government FBI and wants to be rid of the Texas Rangers. She discovers that hype doesn’t produce results and must bring two overage Texas Rangers out of retirement to get the job done.

    The men do the job but they don’t revel in it at all. They don’t want fame they hate fame.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • April 8, 2019, at 7:19 PM PST
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  6. EHerring Coolidge

    Great podcast. Interesting point about how effect of praise sometimes is more harmful than criticism.

    • #6
    • April 9, 2019, at 6:00 AM PST
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  7. LibertyDefender Member

    My mother, who grew up in small town Texas, saw The Last Picture Show when we were living in (small town) Connecticut. She gushed for years about how well that movie depicted life in Texas. If Kevin hadn’t mentioned it as a Texas movie, I’d have opened an iTunes account just to give Q&A a bad review.

    … then I’d delete my iTunes account. I have no interest in submitting to the Apple collective.

    • #7
    • April 9, 2019, at 12:33 PM PST
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  8. Texmoor Coolidge

    Buc-ee’s > Waco, TX

    • #8
    • April 9, 2019, at 1:01 PM PST
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  9. Jon1979 Lincoln

    The main thing I want to know is how they made it from Waxahachie to Waco on Interstate 35 in 52 minutes. Just the road construction alone, let alone the miserable traffic, should have dragged it out to over an hour….

    • #9
    • April 9, 2019, at 2:43 PM PST
    • 1 like
  10. Quinnie Member

    That was a very enjoyable road trip discussion. Thanks for sharing. Maybe Mr. Nordlinger has hit on a podcast format. Take car trips with people from various states and have them share local stories and engage in a conversation.

    • #10
    • April 10, 2019, at 3:01 PM PST
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  11. Lazy_Millennial Member

    Texan here who has attended the Republican State Convention several times- the secession talk is very serious, but from a very small faction. At the state convention, they’re one booth among ~40, and their petitions to add planks to state party platform usually get less than ~25% support. Given that us delegates are usually more extreme in our beliefs than the average primary voter, the “pro-secession” caucus should be viewed as a fringe minority. 

    • #11
    • April 12, 2019, at 9:19 AM PST
    • 1 like