"The use of detail in his writing reflects his years of observation and thought about Texas culture, and his ready wit mirrors a nimble mind . . . An enjoyable book . . . giving pleasure chapter by chapter."—Review of Texas Books
"Lee discourses on the Texas myth, on fundamentals like meat and pie, writes of honky-tonks and old time burial customs and about the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders . . . An enjoyable read."—Austin American-Statesman
As Jim Lee writes in the Introduction, "these pieces have embarrassed my family, friends, and colleagues for more than three decades. So it is only natural that I have collected them into one volume. The essays are supposed to be funny, but . . . some of my more serious and sober auditors have shaken heads, frowned openly, looked amazed and disgusted, or even walked out as I spoke. One former president of the Texas Folklore Society makes it a point to boycott my readings whenever she can . . . I am writing this introduction because it is expected and because I ought to tell why I am foisting this nonsense off again: I hope to make a lot of money and buy me a Lincoln Continental automobile. I just thought you ought to know."