Jason Cohen

Senior editor Jason Cohen has written for Texas Monthly since 1995 (and texasmonthly.com since its very first iteration). His 1997 story “The Ice Bats Cometh,” about minor league hockey in Texas, was the basis of his book Zamboni Rodeo (Greystone Press, 2001). He also penned the magazine’s first-ever Matthew McConaughey story, in August 1996. The co-author of Generation Ecch! (Fireside Books, 1994) and co-editor of SXSW Scrapbook (Essex/University of Texas Press, 2011), he has also written for such publications as Rolling Stone, SPIN, Details, the Austin Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, Portland Monthly, and Cincinnati magazine. His 1995 Rolling Stone cover story on the band Hole prompted Courtney Love to yell at him from the stage at Lollapalooza in Austin, while his 2007 profile of the Portland strip club Mary’s won a Sex-Positive Journalism Award. As one of the two primary writers for the TM Daily Post, Cohen wrote approximately 500 stories for Texas Monthly in 2012. He has been a blogger since 2002 and been known to maintain as many as five Twitter accounts.


Half Speed Ahead

Posting will be light at the TM Daily Post this week. But you’ll still find us at TexasMonthly.com and on Twitter and Facebook.

Is Ted Cruz the New Frontrunner?

An independent poll has the Tea Party favorite leading David Dewhurst in the Senate runoff, while the Lite Guv’s campaign steps up its attacks.

The New Uniforms of the New Aggies

Texas A&M and ADIDAS unveiled the Aggies’s brand-new, ready-for-the SEC football uniforms on Thursday.

Earl Campbell’s Third Act

Sports Illustrated catches up with the former Houston Oilers running back, painting an affecting portrait of the Tyler Rose, who overcame substance abuse addiction in 2009. 

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Lineup Revealed at Bingo Parlor

The increasingly prominent Austin music festival unveiled the lineup for its seventh incarnation around midnight with a game of Bingo in East Austin.

Academy Versus Academi

The private security firm once known as Blackwater changed its name (for the second time) to Academi last year. Katy-based Academy Sports and Outdoors has cried foul, filing a federal lawsuit. 

Lance Can’t Beat Sam Sparks

Austin’s always colorful district judge smacks down a request by Lance Armstrong’s lawyers for a temporary restraining order against the United States Anti-Doping Agency. It was refiled on Tuesday. 

Outlaw Country Radio Returns to Austin

A reboot of KOKE-FM, Austin’s pioneering 1970s progressive country station, began broadcasting on Sunday, with longtime KVET personality Bob Cole as co-owner and morning DJ.

Greg Abbott vs. LBJ: Voter ID Trial Begins

Three federal judges in D.C. will begin hearing arguments in State of Texas v. Eric Holder, which finds Texas seeking pre-clearance of SB 30, a.k.a. “the Voter ID” law.

Have Yu Voted?

Yu Darvish is poised to be the Texas Rangers’ eighth all-star when baseball’s “Final Vote” promotion ends today at 3 p.m. 

How TCU and Texas A&M Are Still Connected

The Aggies’ SEC move cleared the way for TCU’s Big 12 admission, but Texas A&M’s new athletic director, Eric Hyman, was the man who helped rebuild the Horned Frogs program. 

Houston Woman Busted For Warning Motorists of Speed Trap

Natalie Plummer’s handwritten grocery-bag sign warning motorists near downtown of a speed trap led to her arrest for “walking in the roadway.” She claims she never left the sidewalk. 

Perry Pens Border Security Op-Ed

Writing in the Austin American-Statesman, the governor says the U.S. is “through the looking glass in terms of border policy,” and revives talk of forbidding so-called “sanctuary cities.”

The “Dublin Dr Pepper” Legacy Lives On

After a disappointing settlement with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, the family that owns Dublin Bottling Works, Inc. continues to thrive using the same ingredient that fans have enjoyed for years—pure cane sugar.

How Good is Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike?

Really good, according to most reviewers. Not only does the actor “dominate” Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper film, but his “hilariously self-parodying” character plays the bongos and says “all right, all right, all right.”