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.


Woman with Enormous Fake Boobs Stars in Reality Show

We revisit Sheyla Hershey, the woman from Houston with 38-KKK breasts who is now the subject of an episode of My Strange Addiction.

Volkswagen Ad Features Chamillionaire

The Houston rapper’s 2006 smash hit, “Ridin,’” is the soundtrack for a new Volkswagen television spot.

Leppert Dinged for Attending Pride Parades

Social values came under question at a Senate campaign forum when GOP candidates Ted Cruz and Craig James criticized former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert for attending Dallas pride parades. 

Perry: We Don’t Need No Education Special Session

The governor rejected calls to revisit school finance issues during his Tuesday media blitz, but his critics say he also overstated current funding levels. 

Is Ron Paul Doing Romney’s Bidding?

Paul released a television ad that bashes Rick Santorum, but whose campaign is it really helping? 

Houston Hospital Tweets an Open-heart Surgery

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital tweeted videos and photos as medical director of cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Michael Macris, performed a double coronary artery bypass.

Did Rick Perry Just Kick Off His 2014 Campaign?

Perry conducted a Kardashian-level of media courtship at the Capitol, where he told reporters he won’t rule out another run for governor or president.

Is America’s Best College Hockey Player From Texas?

Dallas native (and Stars prospect) Austin Smith leads the nation in goals, and he has a chance to win the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s Heisman.

How Many of the "One Percent" Live in Texas?

Houston and Dallas are sixth and seventh, respectively, in a new survey charting where “ultra-high net worth individuals,” or people worth at least $30 million, live. 

Ron Paul Can’t Remember His Former Political Enemies

In a New Yorker profile of Paul, the congressman forgot why he wanted to impeach Judge William Wayne Justice. 

Houston is “America’s Fattest City”

Houston returns to the top of a Men’s Fitness survey that also includes El Paso, Arlington, and Dallas.  

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Parodied on ‘SNL’

Maya Rudolph stars as the singer in a nearly seven-minute long Saturday Night Live skit that also features Prince, Brangelina, and Nicki Minaj. 

Perry Has Spent Three Days at the Office

A public records search by the Dallas Morning News’ Christy Hoppe reveals that since the governor left the campaign trail, he’s worked on state business for just ten hours.

Bum Steer: Man Tries to Pay for Lap Dance with Crack

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26-year-old Ricardo Luna, who allegedly tried to use crack cocaine as payment for a $10 lap dance at the XTC Cabaret strip club in Austin.

Conan Stars in Live-Action Graphic Novel Written by Austinites

The Intergalactic Nemesis, a nationally acclaimed “live-action graphic novel” show, appeared on Conan, with the talk show host playing the lead.