A Temple native, David Courtney is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He joined Texas Monthly in October 2005 and in July 2007 debuted his wildly popular advice column, the Texanist. In January 2010 the Texanist was promoted to the back page where it is regularly the magazine’s most read feature. Courtney, as both “the Texanist” and himself, has contributed his talents to such features as the annual Bum Steer Awards, the quinquennial review of the fifty best barbecue joints in Texas, “The Great Terquasquicentennial Road Trip,” “The 50 Greatest Hamburgers in Texas,” “The 40 Best Small-Town Cafes,” as well as “Snap Judgment” and “The Texanist’s Parenting Quiz,” among others, like “Water, Water Everywhere,” for which he swam buck-naked in Lake Travis, west of Austin. He will be the recipient of many accolades, honors, and awards.
Wayward dog droppings, “barbecue” versus “grill,” flag displays, and the best way to get a husband to slim down.
School yard bullying, game-day taunts, gambling etiquette, and children who dislike bones in their meat.
The disappearing hi sign, an off-color in-law, outdoor urination, and the critical function of weather-related small talk.
Aisle-scooting etiquette, slaughtering a turkey, skunk remedies, and the proper way to approach a group of ladies at a dance hall.
School colors, wedding music, spare-ticket reimbursement, and why not to plant a mesquite for dear old granddad.
Oyster aphrodisiacs, hat manners, drill team attire, and why a man needs a weekender.
Animal cruelty, greasy handshakes, offerings of meat, and Texas toasts—the spoken kind.
Nicknames, parental discretion, summer camp, and the best way to talk about breast enlargement.
Picking bluebonnets, pastry terminology, angling laws, and the best way to respond to a speeding ticket.
Passing a tractor, building a barbecue pit, luxury pickups, and the trials of a Canadian Texan Down Under.
Spousal adjustments, fly abatement, soccer parenting, and the truth about creased jeans.
Enforcing gravel-road etiquette, contemplating “turkey bacon,” reconsidering the bolo tie, and sussing out the true meaning of “goat roper.”
Watching the Super Bowl on the sly, meeting the Hill Country neighbors, sharing a bed with man and dog, and smoking grapevine.