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.


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."

The Five Most Memorable Sports Stories of 2012

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

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.”

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

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Houston, We Finally Have Linsanity?

The Rockets are just 10-11, but they're winning big at media exposure, from viral videos to ESPN the Magazine.

Federal Drug Bust Nabs the Sons of Hidalgo County Sheriff and Police Chief

Four police officers in the Rio Grande Valley, including the son of Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Treviño, are accused of taking payoffs to protect cocaine shipments along the Mexican border. 

“Air” Kingsbury Flies Back to Lubbock

Texas Tech takes all of four days to pick the head coach everybody wanted: 33 year-old former Red Raiders quarterback & Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. 

J.R. Ewing, R.I.P.

SPOILER ALERT: TNT confirms that there will be a funeral for Larry Hagman's character during the upcoming season of its revived Dallas. 

How the White House Might Respond to Texas Secession Petition

When citizens petitioned the White House to release their beer recipe, the WH responded in less than a month. Texas secession will take longer.