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.


Downtown Upturn

In the urban-makeover contest, San Antonio’s downtown still draws the biggest crowds.

Kernels of Truth

Rice producers hit on a surefire way to forecast turmoil.

The Slack Track

Can a movie that cost $23,000 compete? Bet your bohemian lifestyle.

The Slosh Factor

An aficionado of (gasp!) canned chili accepts an impossible mission.

Jazz It Up

A jazz-and –blues guide spotlights the Texas venues that have withstood the test of time.

Art Guile

“We’re feeding off the public,” brag the shameless, self-promoting Art Guys.

Brave New Lawn

A wiry Texas native rivals St. Augustine on its home turf.

Skies Unlimited

On a clear day at Palo Duro Canyon, you can film forever.

Secret Summer Places

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

Border Guard

El Paso’s number one health official keeps watch over both sides of the Rio Grande.

Playbull of the Western World

Found! One lucky hunk who actually loves the ultimate male fantasy.

Wet ‘n’ Wacky

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

Stellar Static

Is the universe too small for two Texas radio star shows?

Howling Success

A racetrack that need not take a bite out of your pocketbook.

Jail for Sale

Own a piece of history and get in on the ground floor of the booming penal-corrections-facilities industry.