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.


Texas Has Eight of America’s Fifteen Fastest-Growing Cities

Texas dominated a new U.S. Census Bureau growth survey.

Ron Paul Gets Elected to Something

The Congressman and erstwhile presidential candidate becomes the twenty-second member of the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame tonight, largely on the strength of one historic homer. 

Report: Lack of Income Tax No Help to Texas Miracle

The Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy finds that the nine states with the highest personal income tax rates do as well or better as the nine states with no income tax at all. 

Texas, Measured in Altuves

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who is 5’5”, has been turned into a unit of measurement by a baseball writer, who created a website that will convert distances into “Altuves.”

Why Tony Parker Might Not Play in the Olympics

Will the eye injury he says he suffered as a bystander in Drake and Chris Brown’s alleged New York nightclub brawl stop him from playing for France?

Who Rocked It: Blake Farenthold vs. Tracey Morgan

Tracey Morgan’s TV commercials bring back memories of the classic bum steer involving the Republican Congressman, a pair of ducky pajamas and some scantily clad models.

Rick Perry Calls Obama Administration “Nixonian”

The governor discussed “Fast and Furious,” the Texas DREAM Act, and his “vulture capitalist” critique of the Republican presidential nominee with CBS News’s Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation. 

ICYMI: A&M Lands a New NASA and the Other Talk of Texas

What was Texas talking about this week? Texas A&M’s new biosecurity center, Ron Paul’s chances at a VP nomination, Cruz and Dew’s debate, and how far the Dallas Stars will travel next year. 

Texas Tech Still Not Fans of the Longhorn Network

New reports that Tech would rather cancel a road game against Texas State than let it be aired on the ESPN-owned, University of Texas-branded cable network shows that some teams are still smarting from wounded egos. 

What the Frack is Up With ‘Dallas’?

Is TNT’s reboot of the classic soap opera also a mirror of the country’s changing relationship with fossil fuels? 

Rangers Announcer Dave Barnett’s On-Air Ramble

The play-by-play man’s surreal reference to a base runner “at fifth” and a “botched robbery” got national attention. He is sitting out two games for medical evaluation. 

Matthew McConaughey Talks ‘Magic Mike’ With Leno

The star plugs his new movie and reveals more details about his recent wedding on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. 

Southwest Cracks Down on Cleavage

A naturally large-chested woman in a sundress didn’t feel the “LUV” from Southwest when a gate agent dubbed her cleavage-revealing outfit “inappropriate.”

What’s Next for the Rocket?

He’s been acquitted, but people are still talking about Roger Clemens’ alleged PED use and his chances of getting voted into the Hall of Fame. 

A Blind Man’s View of the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup

Canadian journalist and author Ryan Knighton—who is blind—communes with reptiles he can’t see for VICE magazine.