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’s Controversial Science Standards Are “Mediocre to Awful”

A recent report gives the state’s science standards a ‘C,’ but the State Board of Education chairwoman, a science teacher, is still “pleased.”

Bum Steer: Houston Millionaire Legally Adopted His Girlfriend

Air conditioning heir John Goodman adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend for legal and financial reasons, but it’s still icky.

VIDEO: Destiny’s Child, Sly Stone, and other Texan “Soul Train” Moments

Our thanks to Don Cornelius for bringing us these Texas music moments.

The Year of Frito Pie Continues

In anticipation of a Frito Pie-filled Super Bowl Sunday, a Smithsonian blogger traces the history of our finest salty snack.

ESPN Writer: LBJ Was Not Much of a College Football Recruiter

On National Signing Day, Ivan Maisel recalls LBJ’s failed attempt to get Joe Washington to play for Darrell Royal at the University of Texas.

Ron Paul on His “Irate, Tireless Minority” of Supporters

Having basically abstained from Florida, the Paul campaign is ready for Nevada, which has 28 delegates up for grabs. 

Snoop Dogg Has Some Love for Ron Paul. Guess Why?

The rapper’s Facebook wall blows up after he posts a pro-Ron Paul, pro-marijuana photo. 

Did Fort Worth Really Have the World’s First Indoor Rodeo?

Kansas stakes a claim to the “World’s Original Indoor Rodeo” title, a crown Fort Worth has worn since 1918. 

The Houston Astros Are Still Called the Houston Astros

One week after floating trial balloon, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane assures season ticketholders that the team name shall remain the same.

VIDEO: “60 Minutes” on Exotic Game Ranches in Texas

Lara Logan joins a hunt for scimitar horned oryx in the Hill Country. 

What Rick Perry Wants to Do to Those Declining Poll Numbers

Freed from the presidential campaign grind, the governor returns to the comfort of home, home on the firing range.

Rick Perry and Mark Cuban Are Both More Popular than Jerry Jones

But Tim Tebow is more popular than all of them. Public Policy Polling released the last part of its January Texas voter survey. 

Win the Weekend: What Texas is Talking About

Dublin Dr Pepper is still in business, Rick Perry has been less popular before, and other news you need to know. 

The Astros Name Change Seems Unlikely

On the other hand, nobody thought they’d really move to the American League either …

The Texas Town That Canceled Football

The school district serving Premont, a rural South Texas town, has suspended sports to save itself.