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.


State Wide: Highway From Hell

Expressway anxiety? Dallas therapist Richard Carson can help you cope.

State Wide: Disc Golf Versus Ball Golf

Disc freestyle champion John Houck puts a new spin on golf.

State Wide: Bluebonnet Happening

Painter Keith Clementson demonstrates how to turn a bluebonnet painting in to a work of art.

State Wide: Maquiladora Marketing

Nibbe’s Twin Plant News explains border economics to the world.

State Wide: Roky Rocks

Psychedelic pioneer Erickson gets his due.

State Wide: Discount Ashes

Funeral home director Murphy offers a commonsense option.

State Wide: Cowtown Crazies Take Over Paper

Poodle slayer helps “Satan of Journalism” peddle p.m. paper

State Wide: Lookin’ Back, TX

PR and nostalgia keep the legend alive. But will the town survive?

Combo Invasion

Nuclear polka blasts Japan! Brave Combo basks in the radioactive afterglow.

Killer Buzz

The Africanized bees have arrived, and Anita Collins can’t wait to take them on.

The Grim Recorders

Gas prices, weather, and day of the week all count in the dismal task of predicting holiday highway death tolls.

Serious Fun

Check Magazine.

Nowhere to Run

Refugees from a polluted world do battle for a toxic-free zone in the Trans-Pecos.

Power Trip

Bodybuilder John Jacobs wants to pump you up-for Jesus.

Magnet Musicians

Singers Edie Brickell and Sara Hickman share a formula for success attend the right school and take up art.