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.


Liberalism Lives!

In a state that’s becoming more
conservative, two young editors at the
Texas Observer are reenergizing a
magazine that won’t leave the left behind.

Tropical Paradise

Jeff Henry believes his new Schlitterbahn on South Padre Island will be a success. It just might take a while—but, hey, that’s okay.

On the Water Front

Summer’s blast furnace is firing up. Luckily, Texas is a paradise of spring-fed pools, sparkling beaches, and more. Here are our picks for the best places to chill out, get wet, and go off the deep end. Plus extra web-only information!

Dead On Deadline

Why reporters who cover the border are finding themselves more and more under the gun.

The Reformer

The El Paso mayor’s race.

Talking Ed

Fort Worth’s horse play.

Riding High

McAllen’s terminal condition.

Book Drive

Colleyville’s library plot.

50 Things Every Texan Should Do

Have you gotten lost in the Big Thicket? Attended a South Texas pachanga? Whether you’re a newcomer or a native, following these suggestions will give you a crash course in all things Texas—and one heck of a good time.

Nifty Fifty

Senior editors Anne Dingus and Joe Nick Patoski tell the story behind this month’s cover story, “50 Things Every Texan Should Do.”

The Widow’s Pique

In Lubbock they call her the “Spanish Yoko Ono,” and María Elena Holly, Buddy Holly’s widow, has always had a troubled relationship with his conservative hometown. Some folks rave on that it’s her greed that has killed the city’s Buddy Holly Music Festival. But it’s more complicated than that.

Will Sexton
La Mafia
Airport 2000

These days, a plane trip can entail more time in the terminal than in the air. But why get stressed when you can have a massage, taste Texas wines, go for a jog, check your e-mail—even eat gumbo while watching (other people’s) planes take off? A survivor’s guide to DFW, Houston Intercontinental, and five other big-city airports.