Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski is a former senior editor for Texas Monthly and a one-time reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He has authored and co-authored biographies of Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas mountains, the Texas coast, and Big Bend National Park, all published by University of Texas Press, in addition to writing Generations on the Land: A Conservation Legacy (Texas A&M Press) and Texas High School Football: More Than the Game (Texas Historical Commission). His 2008 book, Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by the Friends of the TCU Library with the Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas written in 2007/2008. His most recent book for Little, Brown is The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. Patoski’s byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TimeOut New York, Garden & Gun, and No Despression magazine, for whom he is a contributing editor.


Between a Hard Rock and a Place

The world’s hottest restaurant chain turns into Texas’ hottest restaurant feud.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Will the beaches of Boca Chica become sand traps? Will hard-core punkers perform on Dallas’ favorite kiddie show. Peppermint Place? Will Texas Republicans shell out for their Great Hispanic Hope.

The Barbecue Brothers

The six Mikeska boys may share the same family name, but each has his own ideas about the nuances of Texas barbeque.

Requiem For a Roller Coaster

The state fair’s Comet: will it rust in space?

Deep Ellum’s Summer of Love

Dallas’ new late-night club scene is daring and diverse, a showcase for pioneering bands.

Texas Primer: Big Red

Its passionately loyal following may make this drink the last Texan soda pop on the planet.

Waco’s Secrets Revealed

Cradled on the Brazos, this central Texas town yields its pleasures ever so grudgingly.

Hot Springs Eternal

Going to Hot Springs was once a Texas rite of passage steeped in the ways of old sin. Today this Arkansas resort is still worth the trip.

Turn It Up!

The rudest, crudest, and most obnoxious disc jockeys are on in the mornings. Here’s the best—or the worst—of the lot.

Falling Star

T. R. Fehrenbach’s Lone Star is now a series on public television. Watch it and sleep.

Texas Monthly Reporter

What evil lurks at the San Antonio Convention Center? How does a would-be Kenedy Ranch heir make a buck? Who helps keep the space shuttle aloft?

Eat and Run

Graze on the street corners of Texas for fast, tasty, and inexpensive meals.

The Wee World of Golf

Looking for a sport that offers plenty of cheap thrills and wacky challenges but requires no training, no equipment, and no big bucks? Try miniature golf.

Last One In

When the summer heat starts to get to you, cool your heels by plunging into an icy green swimming hole.

The Armadillo’s Last Waltz

The imminent demise of Austin’s famed music hall already has Texans singing the Armadillo homesick blues.