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, 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.”

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. 

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. 

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

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

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.” 

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.

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.”

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.