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Kinky Friedman was already an eminently well-known quantity when we gave him a monthly column in the spring of 2001. In the seventies, he’d been a breakout star of Austin’s cosmic cowboy scene, though with songs like “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Asshole from El Paso,” it was never clear if audiences were meant to take him as seriously as he seemed to be taking himself. In the eighties and nineties, after musical tastes shifted, he refashioned himself as the author of noirish detective novels with titles like Armadillos & Old Lace and Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola, all starring a profane, Jameson-swilling, Texas variant of Sherlock Holmes named, naturally, Kinky Friedman. He was adept enough at both pursuits to count genuine heavy…
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