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.


Raider Red: The Best Mascot in the Country?

Guns up! Texas Tech’s red-headed Yosemite Sam-doppelganger is one step away from winning the Capitol One Mascot Challenge. And he’s joined the “Gangnam Style” craze.

Louie Gohmert: Arm the Principals and Teachers

On a day that no other U.S. senator was willing to be interviewed on TV about gun rights, Rep. Louie Gohmert joined Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in calling for more guns in schools.

Doonesbury on the “Breakaway Republic” of Texas

G.B. Trudeau worked the Alamo, SXSW, Bush, Perry, and an Aggie joke into six Doonesbury strips about Texas secession, but unlike his sonogram law series, hardly anybody noticed. 

Why the Cowboys Should Let Josh Brent Stay on the Sideline

Update: Brent, who is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge in the death of his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., will no longer be allowed on the sidelines at Cowboys games. 

Phil Collins’s Alamo Obsession to Become a Documentary Film

Check out the trailer for a work-in-progress by Ben Powell, the photographer who shot Collins’s artifact collection for his book The Alamo and Beyond.

Is It Time to Call the Texas Railroad Commission What It Actually Is?

The powerful state agency is tasked with regulating oil, gas and other energy—not trains. Its own commissioners favor a new name: the Texas Energy Resources Commission. 

No More “Ted Nugent’s Gun Country” on the Discovery Channel

Unlike the NRAUncle Ted” did not go quiet or show any signs of softening his stance on guns after last week’s Newtown shooting. 

It’s Spelled Y’all, Y’all.

If there’s one thing Texans love more than saying y’all, it’s a good argument. Texas Monthly readers react to the Department of Criminal Justice’s use of “ya’ll” instead of “y’all.”

The Five Most Memorable Sports Stories of 2012

Guess what’s number one (hint: look at the picture).

Santa Claus Busted at Sierra Blanca

Or so says the new Christmas song by singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler, who talks about his new holiday track, “Santa Got Busted by the Border Patrol.”

People We’ll Miss

Big Tex will be back. Sadly, we cannot the say same of Larry Hagman, Darrell Royal, Amarillo Slim, Leslie, and the many other Texans we lost in 2012. 

Are the Houston Texans Doomed?

The Texans’ month-long dive from top team in the AFC to number three seed with no bye week has fans and sports scribes talking like the franchise didn’t even make the playoffs. 

Ranking the Texas Bowl Games So Far

Teams from Texasall former members of the Southwest Conference—went 5-1 in the pre-New Year’s college football bowls. 

Six Thoughts About the Cotton Bowl

Kansas St. and Oregon who? Arlington’s the center of our college football universe, as Texas A&M plays Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on Friday. 

VIDEO: That Time There Was a One-Point Safety in a UT-A&M Game

How rare was last night’s one-point safety by Oregon against Kansas State? It’s only happened once before in NCAA history: when UT did it against A&M eight years ago.