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.


True Believer

Few Austin musicians have been as close to stardom, and unable to reach it, as Alejandro Escovedo. But for him, fame has never really been the point.

Hill  Bent

Mike Judge plays King of the Hill .


An Austin filmmaker hopes to be the next Sundance kid.

Teen Idol

The career of Austin young-adult writer Rob Thomas is going through a growth spurt.

5,707 Schmoozers, 750 Bands, 29 Musical Cars, and 250 Gallons of Cream Gravy

That was the recipe for this year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. Here’s how it all cooked up.


The state prison name game; Dallas alternative-country band the Old 97’s is feeling no depression.

Sleepless in Fredericksburg

Like it says on her newly acquired bumper sticker, movie mogul Lynda Obst is “Texan By Choice.” But while you can take the girl out of Hollywood …


A couple of indie film producers.

Film • Renée Zellweger

Ready for her close-up.

The Family That Played Together

Ty and Koy Detmer were South Texas high school football heroes. Now they’re NFL quarterbacks. They owe it all to their father, a coaching whiz everybody calls Sonny.

Band Aid?

Austin’s major-label bands-of-the-moment

The Subversive—Mike Judge

Could he be Texas film’s new king of the hill?

A Stand-up Guy

Plano’s Steve Harvey has been a successful comedian for years. Now he’s a sitcom star too.

FILM • Jennifer Love Hewitt

Teen screen queen.