Tag Archives: D.G. Myers

It’s hard to leave Texas

D.G. Meyers, the online editor of Commentary Magazine, who once taught English lit at Texas A&M, but now lives and works in Ohio:

“My four kids are Texans. For twenty years I was an interloper in Texas—an Orthodox Jew who lived without benefit of barbecue. I’ve only been gone nine months now, and I miss the hell out of the place. None of my exes live in Texas, but I left my heart there.”

His A Commonplace Blog is a great stop for new (and old) book advice.

Try as they may, A&M can’t change the Ags

One of my old girlfriends is an Aggie, one of the first, in fact, to co-educate the place, and I’ve always admired her pluck.

D.G. Myers’s farewell to all that, in leaving teaching at Texas A&M, files includes this regret:

“But what I will miss, far more than anything else, are the Aggies. They endure many jokes at their expense as if they were the Polacks of the academic world. Even Larry McMurtry, in ‘Moving On,’ could not resist a crack about an Aggie and his tractor.

Aggies are badly misunderstood, however. It is true they are not sophisticated, and it is true they are overwhelmingly Evangelical Christian and politically conservative, although the administration has done everything in its power to alter the makeup of the student body and bring A&M into conformity with every other unexceptionally Leftist university in the country. Aggies remain unique, proudly different.”

Don’t miss his funny story of the Ag-with-toothpick who discovers—to his horror—that he actually understands sophisticated literary ideas.

(I neglected to post about it at the time, but I was delighted when the Ags beat the Longhorns this year. The Horns stunk up the state this season and they deserved to be put in their place for it. And nobody is better at that than A&M.)