Be cool, man: About ‘The Byron’ and rich white people and the writer from Dallas who love/hates Texas

Cool pic. By Danny Fulgencio

You know, we’re talking the kind of cool where you are like: “Oh yeah. I knew that,” all the time. Our regular how-to-act-cool column today features a look at the Byron Nelson, Jordan Spieth, Lawrence Wright, and, as always, St. Vincent. Stay cool, cats.  

The 50th Byron Nelson golf tournament is this year and for the first time ever players tee off in Dallas, as opposed to Irving, at the Trinity Forest Golf Club. As Jim Schutze puts it, “This will be the most rich white people in southern Dallas ever— and golf fans, at that! The whitest of white.” As one might guess, the curmudgeonly columnist isn’t writing about The Byron’s coolness, only uses the event’s location as a jumping off point to discuss race, fear of South Dallas and opening oneself to “simple experiences” that embed us in areas, and alongside people, outside our comfortable zones. He writes, “For the deeply destructive disease it is, racism is amazingly susceptible to very simple antidotes.”
Now that is cool. Tournament favorite Jordan Spieth of Preston Hollow is kind-a cool when you consider that he first played the Byron Nelson tournament when he was 16. Also, that time last summer when he was here celebrating his Open Championship win and he hopped onstage at House of Blues with Randy Rogers and drank beer from the Claret Jug—pret ty cool.

Former Dallas resident Lawrence Wright is one of our nation’s foremost journalists. Hell, he took on Scientology And that is one organization that is not cool with the level of exposure Wright delivered. This is a ballsy guy who covers his butt with detailed, painstaking research and writing, not to mention a big brain. He talked to his long-ago employer Texas Monthly about what is and isn’t cool about Texas, which, to significant extent, he outlines in his book, “God Bless Texas.” His Scientology book, “Going Clear,” became an HBO series and now the same goes for his Pulitzer-winning “Looming Tower” and Hulu.

Daily prayer to St. Vincent: You designed a guitar.
Did you know Annie Clark, St. Vincent, designed a signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar. The shape specifically fits Clark’s physique and playing technique …

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