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.


The Witnesses

Nellie Connally, Red Duke, and others remember November 22, 1963.

The Two Oswalds

It’s the most intriguing theory of all: two men with the same identity, one a patsy and the other a murderer who got off scot-free.

RADIO • Tom Joyner

The host with the most.

Money in the Making

Houston’s new movers and shakers don’t hang with the Wyatts or Sakowitzes. They’re Eightball, Scarface, Lil’ Keke, and the other power players of the city’s rap music scene.

The Wild Coast

The birds of High Island. The wilderness of Matagorda Island. The untamed beach of Boca Chica. These and other hidden treasures await you-if you know where to look.

The Power Couple—Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan

A match made in heaven and blessed by Hollywood.


The billionaire Basses had a vision—and money, of course. Now, thanks to their efforts, Fort Worth has the hottest downtown in Texas.

What’s Left?

When you listen to Jim Hightower’s talk radio show, that’s the question you inevitably ask—about him, the medium, and Texas liberalism.

The War on Cedar

It’s unpalatable to cattle, an invader of grasslands, and a water hog. So why can’t I just get rid of it? Because it’s a vegetative Vietnam.


It’s music to your ears.

The Road to Nowhere

A drive that’s unforgettable to the end.

Rough and Ready

The secrets of Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Sweating It Out

How I survived a course in desert survival. Chihuahuan Desert.

Multimedia • Chris Roberts

The name of the gamer.

Law • Lucius D. Bunton III

Here comes the judge.