Brian D. Sweany

Brian D. Sweany is a senior executive editor at Texas Monthly, where he began his career in journalism as an intern in 1996. Born in Richardson and raised in Plano, Sweany earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Texas, in Denton, and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sweany has also worked as an assistant professor in the journalism department at Ithaca College, in New York, and as a senior editor at D Magazine, in Dallas. He is active in a number of civic and volunteer organizations, including serving on the board of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT and being named a Next Generation Fellow by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT-Austin. He lives in Austin with his wife, two children, and an ever-growing manuscript for The Kingdom of the Saddle, a biography of Charles Goodnight to be published by Penguin in the fall of 2014.

Stories

Wall of Confusion

So much for the border fence.

We Beg His Pardon

Beg the president’s pardon?

The Permanent Campaign

Elections disappear into the history books, but the buttons and matchbooks and posters that exhorted us to vote for one candidate or another live on in our memories—and in the personal collection of the state’s biggest political junkie.

Air Power

Alternative energy, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

Red All Over

A fix for political junkies.

Thank God It’s Friday

And Saturday. And Sunday. The arrival of fall means weekends spent watching football, up close and on-screen, and yet another opportunity to love the greatest game on earth for all the usual reasons. Forty-nine of them, in fact.

Pay as You Grow

Does incentive pay for teachers make the grade?

Being a Character Actor

G.W. Bailey on being a character actor.

Being a Cable TV Pundit

Mouth Paul Begala talks about … talking.

Water, Water Everywhere

From kayaking on Town Lake to mountain biking around Joe Pool Lake, from bass fishing on Lake Fork to horseback riding on the shores of Lake Whitney, here are some of our favorite things to do in, on, and around Texas lakes.

Crude Awakening

Is it okay to hate Exxon Mobil?

Hoop Dreams

The Spurs versus the Mavs.

Pitching in The Majors

Everything I could ever tell you about Huston Street on pitching in the bigs.

Star Writer

Contributing editor Stephen Harrigan talks about his new book, Challenger Park, which was excerpted in this month’s issue.

Texas History 101

LBJ’s most important election wasn’t the presidential race he won. It was the Senate campaign he lost.

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