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

Texas Monthly Reporter

Welcoming danger with open arms, horse trading over tax relief, picking juries by their faces, and searching after the perfect twirl.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Welcoming danger with open arms, horse trading over tax relief, picking juries by their faces, and searching after the perfect twirl.

Laser Days

Lasers have been heralded as the greatest discovery since the computer, but they may be hazardous to your health.

Laser Days

Lasers have been heralded as the greatest discovery since the computer, but they may be hazardous to your health.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Bucking the U.S. Air Force, breeding horses for royalty, and hightailing it out of town before the Corps of Engineers gets you.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Bucking the U.S. Air Force, breeding horses for royalty, and hightailing it out of town before the Corps of Engineers gets you.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Fighting the foolproof crime, playing games you can’t win, building an ice cream empire, and raising hell in Baylor.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Fighting the foolproof crime, playing games you can’t win, building an ice cream empire, and raising hell in Baylor.

Texas Monthly Reporter

The dark side of doing business in Saudi Arabia; an endangered mountain in El Paso; and big profits with small airplanes.

Texas Monthly Reporter

The dark side of doing business in Saudi Arabia; an endangered mountain in El Paso; and big profits with small airplanes.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Taking it off at the last of the real burlesque joints; holy war on Austin’s Baptists; why Texas’ election system is stuck in the Dark Ages.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Taking it off at the last of the real burlesque joints; holy war on Austin’s Baptists; why Texas’ election system is stuck in the Dark Ages.

Hey Kid, Shape Up

And Prairie View A&M will ship you out of the ghetto straight into the middle class.

Hey Kid, Shape Up

And Prairie View A&M will ship you out of the ghetto straight into the middle class.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Striking the right chord with the Fort Worth Symphony and the wrong one with Mexico; grounding Wayland Baptist’s Flying Queens.

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