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.


Sultan Of Stink

Tim Johnson came out smelling like a rose when San Franciscans detected broken gas lines.

Smart Parties

Entertainer John Armstrong applies the scientific method to children’s birthday parties.

Muckraker of The Big Bend

An Alpine weekly digs up all the news that’s fit to print—and then some.

Update: Stubb Moves Again

Stubb’s barbecue, with a side order of blues, hits the road again. Destination: Lower Greenville.

Strike Up The Bands

The bands play on and on and on in Austin.

Money Changes Everything

A $10 million sweepstakes winner wants to run Denton.

Padre Hearty

Padre’s spring breakers just want to have fun.

State Wide Reporter: Cowboy Jim

Friendly Cowboy Jim gives San Antonio tourists what they want.

State Wide Reporter: Bass Goes Fishing II

Robert Bass must sometimes wish he had coveted an easier takeover target than the Flordia company that owns the St. Petersburg Times.

High Country Haven

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

Squeeze Play

Three masters show why conjunto, the accordion music of the Tex-Mex border, is hotter thatn Lajitas in August.

Fortune’s Smile

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

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.