Erica Grieder

Erica Grieder is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 2007 to 2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for the Economist, to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Spectator, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic. Her first book, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right, was published in April 2013 by Public Affairs Books. She lives in Austin.


Thoughts on Donald Trump's Trip to Laredo

A Texas city has been invaded by a blowhard

The Death of Sandra Bland

Dashcam footage from the Texas Department of Public Safety gives us more questions than answers

"I'd Say a Lot of People Want Liver"

Yikes, Planned Parenthood.

Rick Perry's Race Speech

Texas’s former governor—and current presidential candidate–surprised some critics last week.

Our Honorable Nonsense

America’s flaws are inevitable, but so are our virtues.

Five Takeaways from Ted Cruz's New Book

The last one’s a doozy.

The Limits of Scorecards

Even if they weren’t distorted by politics, they’re too reductive to be reliable.

The Cross-Examination

Evan Smith raises a few points of order.

The List: Best and Worst 2015

A preview of the ten best and ten worst legislators of the Eighty-fourth Legislature.

Sympathy for the Serious Social Cons

They’re in a thankless position in the Lege these days.

Did the House Get Rolled on the Budget?

At first glance, yes. On closer inspection, probably not.

EmpowerTexans Has No Business Running Texas

No offense to Michael Quinn Sullivan, but he’s never even won a Republican primary runoff, has he?

The End Game

The Senate has already lost the fight over tax cuts.

Lege Gone Wild!

Eight hundred hours of secret video footage have the House on high alarm.

Dear Mamas

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m defecting from the War on Women