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.

Stories

Ted Cruz Talks Martians, the Absence of Hispanic Panhandlers

The Republican U.S. Senate candidate had some interesting things to say during his first appearance on the Sunday talk shows as a national political figure.

The Rattler, 1992-2012

The Six Flags Fiesta Texas thrill ride, which at one time was the tallest, steepest, fastest wooden rollercoaster in the country, shut down operations Sunday. 

More Details on Paul Qui’s Austin Restaurant

The Top Chef winner tells Eater about his “flagship” restaurant, as well as plans for two new East Side Kings, including one near the University of Texas.

Assault With a Stripper Pole

A Killeen woman with a history of domestic violence charges allegedly tried to hit her boyfriend with a “pink steel stripper pole.”

Houston’s “Pulseless” Artificial Heart Revisited

Heart Stops Beating, the Sundance-featured short film about the Texas Heart Institute’s unprecedented “continuous flow device,” is reworked into a longer and more detailed version, now called Flatline

Mike Modano and Willa Ford Call It Quits

The former Dallas Stars player and his wife of five years, Willa Ford, announced that they’re divorcing. 

What People Are Saying About Allen’s $59.6 Million High School Football Stadium

Is this the Jerry World of high school football? The Eagles open the 18,000-seat facility in style August 31, when Southlake Carroll comes to visit. 

Ted Cruz for President?

The U.S. Senate candidate’s national profile rises further with a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Too bad that he can’t ever run for president. Or can he?

The Astros’ Season, Summed Up in 21 Seconds

How much can go wrong trying to field a single bunt? Earlier this week against the Nationals, your 36-77 “Lastros” put on quite the (gong) show.

You Can Stop Tweeting About Destinee Hooker’s Name Now

The San Antonio-native’s star performance for the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympics volleyball team was accompanied by two weeks of cheap Twitter jokes.

The Lege Gets a “Pansexual” Representative

Mary Gonzalez of El Paso has been called the first lesbian member of the Texas legislature, but she tells the Dallas Voice that she prefers “pansexual.”

Hutchison: “Governors Don't Make the Best Presidents”

During an exit interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Kay Bailey Hutchison talked about Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and “RINOs”—Republicans in Name Only. 

“Bizarre Foods” in Austin and Lockhart

The season premiere of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods came to Central Texas, with Andrew Zimmern hitting Kreuz, Lambert’s, Black’s, Pig Vicious, Contigo and more. 

A 297-Pound Twelve-Year-Old Called Too Big to Play Football

Eljiah Earnheart’s battle with a Mesquite Pee Wee football association makes national headlines.

Paper Makes Unfortunate Byline Typo

Picking up a Houston Chronicle story, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed the name of Chron reporter Yang Wang as “Yank Wang.” She took it in good stride. 

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