John Graves

John Graves was born in Fort Worth in 1920 where he explored the Trinity River bottom before it became littered with beer cans. He graduated from Rice University, received a master’s degree from Columbia, and served in the Pacific as a firm lieutenant where he lost the sight in one eye. He taught at the University of Texas and Texas Christian University before writing four notable Texas books, Goodbye to a River, Hard Scrabble, From a Limestone Ledge, and Myself and Strangers. Over the years, Graves has also contributed to Texas Monthly and written for the Sierra Club, the Atlantic, Esquire, and the New Yorker.


Poultry in Motion

There are two ways to raise chickens: the right way and this way.

Ol’ Blue

A good country dog is loyal, obedient, and knows the difference between a chicken and a possum.

The World to Wine

Try the house wine; I made it with my own feet.


The raw truth about out steaks and chops.

Of Bees and Men

Oh bee, where is thy sting?

Goats Need Love, Too.

Once you let a goat in your life, you can never get it out.

Good as Gold

For most treasure hunters, the hunt is more important than the treasure.


Living in the country is all you ever wanted—and probably more than you bargained for.