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.


What a Dish!

We cleaned our plate at restaurants across Texas. Here are the results: 66 irresistible specialties of the house.

Wet ‘n’ Wacky

From real river water to its playful German theme, Schlitterbahn’s totally tubular!

Secret Summer Places

Follow us for a great vacation, minus something all tourists can do without crowds.

Go Fish

See the Gulf Coast from the bottom up at Corpus Christi’s new underwater show.

Requiem in Blue

Recollections of guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Fortune’s Smile

Tevin Campbell, the thirteen-year-old soul sensation, is Texas’ answer to Michael Jackson.

High Country Haven

The Tetons are grander and Santa Fe is tonier, but no place is more apropos than Ruidoso.

Texas Primer: The Herkie Jump

Three cheers for Lawrence Herkimer and his leap to fame.

The Semi-Reluctant Rock Star

How did shy, sweet Edie Brickell become America’s hottest new performer? By sticking to her vision—and doing what the record company told her.

The Long, Strange Trip of Ed Bass

Interesting things can happen when a man with an unusual vision also has an unusual amount of money.

Chip Ahoy

A new gambling-cruise-ship enterprise out of Port Isabel makes it possible to spend an evening in a casino while going nowhere in the Gulf.

The Fall of Country/The Rise of Country

As Nashville pandered to the lowest common denominator, Texans found a new audience hungry for old traditions.

One Brick Shy of a Load

Not your run-of-the-mill pickers and singers, these performers are determined to carve out new territory.

The Big Squeezy

Get hip to zydeco, the born-on-bayou sound with the accordion accent. Ready for it red hot? Check out a Saturday-night church dance in Houston.

Bargains! Bargains! Bargains!

Attention, tightwads! Act now! Sits to nuts—the big bang for the little buck! Check out our super-savin’, dollar-bustin’ bible of buys! Everything must go! (Offer available in Texas only.)