Dick Reavis

Dick J. Reavis is a former staff writer at Texas Monthly. He has written about motorcycle gangs, undocumented immigrants, guerrillas, convicts, coal miners, security guards, and banks for publications as diverse as Soldier of Fortune and the Wall Street Journal. He is a professor in the English department at North Carolina State University. 

Stories

Town Without Pity

Nuevo Laredo’s red-light district abounds with raw sex and broken dreams.

Why I Turned In Lee Otis Johnson

When black militant Lee Otis Johnson got out of prison his old friends welcomed him back with open arms. Later, some of them wished they hadn’t.

Passing On

In her darkest, final hours, a young mother turns to a new kind of medical care for help.

Passing On

In her darkest, final hours, a young mother turns to a new kind of medical care for help.

The Truth About Carnivals

A carny’s life is an endless ramble from one small town to the next - and that’s why he likes it.

The Truth About Carnivals

A carny’s life is an endless ramble from one small town to the next - and that’s why he likes it.

The Saint of Falfurrias

Supplicants in the Valley worship at the shrine of faith healer Don Pedrito Jaramillo, more powerful than he was in life.

The Saint of Falfurrias

Supplicants in the Valley worship at the shrine of faith healer Don Pedrito Jaramillo, more powerful than he was in life.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Next President of Mexico

On the surface, Mexico’s presidential election looks a lot like ours—rallies, placards, speeches—but the outcome there is never in doubt.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Next President of Mexico

On the surface, Mexico’s presidential election looks a lot like ours—rallies, placards, speeches—but the outcome there is never in doubt.

Scarecrow Cops

Anybody can get a job as a security guard. Anybody.

Scarecrow Cops

Anybody can get a job as a security guard. Anybody.

Growing Up Gringo

In Dumas—and all over the state—Mexican Americans are leaving old ways behind and taking to Protestantism, capitalism, and disco.

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