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.

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Five Things You Should Know About Redistricting

Now that the High Court has turned its lofty gaze on the issue, here are the five things you should know about latest news in the redistricting saga.

Snarky Texas Tumblr Map Goes Viral

An Austinite’s profane, sarcastic (and NSFW) map of Texas makes its way around social media, prompting laughs and scoffs.

UH Head Coach Becomes Next Man to Take the Aggie Challenge

It’s finally official. Texas A&M hired Kevin Sumlin to lead the Aggies into the SEC. 

Slaughterhorse Rules: The Debate Over Updated Regulations Continues

With the USDA poised to once again allow the processing of horse meat, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram argues that Texas should repeal its 1949 law against the practice.

Macy's Draws Fire for Its Dressing Room Policy

A Florida activist group files a complaint after a San Antonio employee was dismissed for refusing to let a transgender customer use the women’s changing room. 

VIDEO: Perry “Wins” $10,000 Debate Bet With New Ad

If you’d have bet someone that Rick Perry would have a good debate in Iowa on Saturday, you’d be richer now.

Today in Perry: Despite Getting Heckled, He’s “Back in the Game”

Rick Perry continues to focus his attention on Iowa, where he will launch a 42-city tour of the state. 

Win the Weekend: What Texas is Talking About

Whether you’re talking to teens about politics or on a date with a baseball fanatic, we’ll give you something to talk about.

Did Slim Thug Curse the Cougars?

Houston rappers Slim Thug, Bun B, and Paul Wall released a tribute to the Cougars before last week’s game. Let’s just say the song has fared better than the football team.  

Is Perry’s “Anti-Gay Ad” Having Its Intended Impact?

People are definitely talking about the controversial “Strong” ad, which has Perry’s own team divided, but will its message get him votes in Iowa?

Ron Paul Number One in a Poll

A Pew Research study shows Paul is by far the most well-liked presidential candidate on Twitter.

Two Texans Get Overdue Props From Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Gilmer native Freddie King and England-to-Austin transplant Ian McLagan’s old bands get the nod from Cleveland.

OSHA Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Whole Foods

The federal agency claims that Whole Foods’ Miami store fired an employee for complaining about a ruptured sewer line.

Rick Perry Takes His Lumps (of Coal) Over Pro-Christmas Ad

The governor is drawing fire for also using politically correct holiday language. 

Rick Perry Latest Ad Attacks Gays in the Military

The governor’s latest campaign ad, “Strong,” gets denounced across the Internet for stirring up the culture wars.

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