Gregory Curtis

Gregory Curtis was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BA in English from Rice University and a master’s in English from San Francisco State College. While in San Francisco, he ran a very small printing and publishing company. He became a staff writer for Texas Monthly in 1972, just as the magazine was launched, and was promoted to editor in 1981, a position he held until 2000. In addition to Texas Monthly, he has written for the New York Times, New York Times magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune, and Time. Curtis is the author of The Cave Painters and Disarmed: The Story of Venus DeMilo. He lives in Austin and is an adequate equestrian and aspiring magician.


Principals, Not Heels

Why good schools have clean bathrooms and principals who don’t wear high heels.

Education • Charles Miller

Head of the class.

Blow by Blow

The art of throwing punches, the science of skipping rope, and other reasons why boxing is a hit with me.

The Fourth Tramp

A new book about Lee Harvey Oswald reveals that conspiracy theorists are still straining to repackage old news into something new.


The conventional wisdom is that the independents are good and the national chains are evil—but don’t judge a bookstore by its cover.

Shots in the Dark

Two grim incidents involving guns, three dead teenagers: Reflections on self-defense.

Poets and Pedestrians

Two poets, well versed in the ways of Houston, reflect on the city’s effect on lives and letters.

What Does “Jolt” Mean?

Why are so many students in Texas unable to read? The answer is obvious: because the school system has failed them.

Prince “Tex” Charles

Donald Trump is one. So are Boris Yeltsin and John Gotti. So was Emily Dickinson. What are they? Texans of course.

Up, Up, and Away

The death of a federal program in Amarillo shows that cutting the budget isn’t the answer to everything.