Jan Reid

Jan Reid is a former senior editor at Texas Monthly and has contributed to Esquire, GQ, Slate, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, and the New York Times. An early article about Texas music spawned his first book, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Among his ten books are a well-reviewed novel, Deerinwater, for which he won a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; a collection of his magazine pieces, Close Calls,Rio Grande, a compilation of choice writing and photography on the storied border stream; and The Bullet Meant for Me, a reflection on marriage, friendship, boxing, and physical and emotional recovery from a deadly shooting in Mexico.

Stories

The Beat

Two average, middle-class men risk injury and death patrolling the roughest streets in Dallas. Why do they do it? Because they love the job.

The Texan and His Gun

In frontier Texas, guns helped bring civilization out of chaos; today they’re creating chaos out of civilization.

The Texan and His Gun

In frontier Texas, guns helped bring civilization out of chaos; today they’re creating chaos out of civilization.

Have Guns, Will Travel

Do you want a rare antique muzzle-loader or a holdup pistol that can’t be traced? You can find them both at a gun show.

Have Guns, Will Travel

Do you want a rare antique muzzle-loader or a holdup pistol that can’t be traced? You can find them both at a gun show.

Little Bruisers

Fighters from all over Texas slug it out in the Golden Gloves; for most, that’s the only gold they’ll ever see.

The Aging of the All-American Boy

Roger Staubach is one Cowboy who always wears a white hat.

Who Killed Redneck Rock?

Love beads are out at rock concerts these days.

Busting Out of Mexico

Two self-styled Texas soldiers of fortune engineered one of the more bizarre jailbreaks in history. Here’s how it happened.

The Horseman and His Apocalypse

People bring their gangly quarter horse colts to Bubba Werner to transform into winners. Now and again, he does.

The Coming of Redneck Hip

Rock and Country music met in Austin. That friendship may make the state.

The Last Romantic Outlaw

Tired of running, he let himself be caught; then he
busted right out again.

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