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.


Who Can Stop the Killer Bees?

Experts predict the first swarms could cross the border next year. What happens then to Texas’ multimillion-dollar honey industry is anybody’s guess.

Every Bar But Hershey’s

We have seen the future of Dallas nightlife, and it is called Dallas Alley.


Three shark attacks on the Texas coast this summer are making swimmers edgy and chambers of commerce ask one question: what’s going on out there?

Cabin Fever

Not in the mood for a plush vacation resort or the rigors of backpacking? Instead, try solitude and starry nights at one of these ten park hideaways.

The Flash Flood

In a land of contrasts, a few hours can mean the difference between drought and deluge.

The Inside Story

A new breed of home-delivery specialists will bring everything from dinner for eight to a masseur to a dog trainer to your door. Here are more than a hundred to try.

Between a Hard Rock and a Place

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

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?

Texas Primer: Big Red

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

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.

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.

Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Wizard of Oz

How Gordon McLendon stormed Texas with Top 40… da doo ron ron.

Little Joe

Amid blaring trumpets, raised fists, bottles of beer, and a cheering mob stands the king of Saturday night.