John Bloom

John Bloom is an investigative reporter, essayist, and actor who was born in Dallas; raised in Little Rock, Arkansas; and attended Vanderbilt University on a sportswriting scholarship. Bloom began his writing career in Texas, earning two National Magazine Award nominations for Texas Monthly. He was later fired from the Dallas Times-Herald for writing (as “Joe Bob Briggs”) a parody of the then-popular song, “We Are The World.” Joe Bob Briggs began his television career on the Movie Channel, hosting “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater” for nine years. During this time, it became TMC’s highest-rated show, earning two ACE award nominations. He hosted TNT’s “Monstervision” program and is currently at work on an autobiographical screenplay.

Stories

Make Friends With the Quin Tikis

Onstage, all happy lounge acts are alike; offstage, all
unhappy lounge acts are unhappy in their own ways.

Make Friends With the Quin Tikis

Onstage, all happy lounge acts are alike; offstage, all
unhappy lounge acts are unhappy in their own ways.

Old Oil: The Ranger Revival

Ranger was the most romantic field in the early oil boom.
Now a major company is risking its future to prove that
romance still lives.

Old Oil: The Ranger Revival

Ranger was the most romantic field in the early oil boom.
Now a major company is risking its future to prove that
romance still lives.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Cable TV has Dallas in its coils; acupuncture has its day in court; sex education has parents up in arms.

The Italian connection

An informant offered to lead a journalist to Europe’s largest cache of stolen art. Soon they were trapped in a web of lies, suspicion, treachery, and impending death.

Why I wish I Didn’t Have $137 Million

Those luck Arabs, with all that oil! The only problem, as a Saudi finance minister points out, is that oil is all they have.

Oil Slicks

A critic’s practiced eye scans the oil giants’ yearly self-portraits.

Profits? What Profits?

Reading Big Oil’s annual reports for the truth about profits is a little like drilling for oil in the Baltimore Canyon: you know it’s there, but how deep will you have to go to find it?

The Bean Squawk

A lot of farmers and gardeners think Congressman Kika de la Garza is a pest.

Three Gentlemen, One Ghost, and a Skyscraper

The intrigue behind the building of Houston’s Texas Commerce Tower was almost as monumental as the 75-story structure itself.

Three Gentlemen, One Ghost, and a Skyscraper

The intrigue behind the building of Houston’s Texas Commerce Tower was almost as monumental as the 75-story structure itself.

Behind the Lines

No news is bad news.

Behind the Lines

No news is bad news.

Invasion of the Cable Snatchers

In Texas the best way to get rich in cable television is to know just a little about TV and everything about politics.

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