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

God’s Happy Hour

Every year communities scattered across Texas hold wet-dry elections. Each one pits the forces of fundamentalism against the forces of realism. This is the story of one such election.

Texas Primer: The Right-angle Pump

West Texas was a desert when this little irrigation device came along. Now it’s a desert that produces more cotton than anywhere else in the country.

Texas Primer: The Right-angle Pump

West Texas was a desert when this little irrigation device came along. Now it’s a desert that produces more cotton than anywhere else in the country.

The New Rustlers

Today’s desperadoes are in the bays of the Texas coast, roping redfish and cursing the Parks and Wildlife Department.

The New Rustlers

Today’s desperadoes are in the bays of the Texas coast, roping redfish and cursing the Parks and Wildlife Department.

Texas Primer: Caprock

Across the Panhandle stretches a thin red line that divides doughty plains dwellers from Texas’ lesser changed.

Books Only A Mother Could Love

You too can be an author-if you’re willing to publish the book yourself. All you have to have is a stack of paper, a tale to tell, and a couple of thousand bucks.

Books Only A Mother Could Love

You too can be an author-if you’re willing to publish the book yourself. All you have to have is a stack of paper, a tale to tell, and a couple of thousand bucks.

Ninety Miles From Nowhere

Presidio crouches on the border of Mexico and the extreme edge of life in America. There, Spanish is the language, hundred-degree heat is the norm, and the hoe is the crucial tool for scraping out life on the desert.

Ninety Miles From Nowhere

Presidio crouches on the border of Mexico and the extreme edge of life in America. There, Spanish is the language, hundred-degree heat is the norm, and the hoe is the crucial tool for scraping out life on the desert.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Masons in trouble; Wally in wonderland; vice in Amarillo; vitamins in Mount Pleasant; Czechs in print.

The Politics of Armageddon

W.A. Criswell has spent forty years convincing his huge flock at Dallas’ First Baptist Church that the end of the world is near. He hopes you’ll believe it too.

4 BR, 2 BA, Needs Work

Why did I trade in my trouble-free condo for an aging country home with decrepit plumbing? I’m trying to figure that out myself.

Howdy, Son. I’m the Law in This County

These fourteen Texas sheriffs are everything you thought a sheriff ought to be. But look quick; the old-time county lawman is riding off into the sunset.

Trivial Texas

Three Texas Trivia games separate Lone Star zealots from ordinary believers.

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