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.


Taking back the neighborhood.

From Sin Street to Fun Street

Behind the Lines

Waiting for anointment.

Behind the Lines

The Baptist guerrilla.

Behind the Lines

Silver or Mickey Mouse?

Texans Versus Shapes

Heroes in the shade.

Behind the Lines

Not so hard-core.

The World’s Greatest Poker Player

Johnny Chan became a champion through nerve and dedication—and every now and then a few good hands.

The Bridge That Went Away.

Beyond Cisneros.

Forgery, Texas Style

As Texans’ pride of place rose with the price of oil, collectors scrambled for the few documents of the Texas Revolution. Suddenly there seemed to be plenty to go around. But no one thought to ask why.

Behind the Lines

Three years and $400,000 later.

Behind the Lines

The case against conspiracy.

Kick ‘Em Back! Kick ‘Em Back! Waaay Back!

SMU’s fall socer season had cheerleaders; it had a band; it had pom-pom girls. What it didn’t have was excitement.

Behind the Lines

Texas With Tumors?

Behind the Lines

Duked and Bushed.