Jeff Salamon is a senior editor at Texas Monthly and previously served as an editor at the Village Voice and the Austin American-Statesman. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Details, and Artforum. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a native of New York City. He lives in Austin with his wife, two children, two dogs, and one cat.
If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve settled in, you’ve got a lot of options.
Ricky Martin? Jennifer Lopez? The real Spanish-language stars of the moment are the Monterrey punk, funk, jazz, and hip-hop duo Plastilina Mosh.
Is there a place in the genre for hip-hop influences? Houston pianist Jason Moran thinks so.
What’s the deal with the border fence? Are green cards really green? How many undocumented immigrants live in Texas? Any more questions?
The former Pantera drummer on the twentieth anniversary of Cowboys From Hell and more.
In 2006, Kinky Friedman thought he’d be the better governor. In 2011, he is ready for a Perry presidency.