John Nova Lomax

John Nova Lomax has been an oyster shucker in Tennessee, a landscape gardener and British Telecom mail clerk in Lancashire, and a field hand on a kibbutz in the Arava section of the Negev in Israel. He is also the author of Houston’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Bayou City, a guidebook to Houston dive bars, and co-author of Murder & Mayhem in Houston: Historic Bayou City Crime, a compilation of notorious Houston crimes. 

Lomax has been a full-time journalist in the Bayou City since 2001. He spent eleven years at the Houston Press as a music editor and staff writer and is proudest of helping discover Hayes Carll, rediscover Lil’ Joe Washington, and winning an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2008. With future Marfa city councilman and justice of the peace David Beebe, Lomax walked a total of more than 200 miles of Houston streets on about a dozen different trips, writing about the adventures as part of the “Sole of Houston” blog series. After leaving the music beat, Lomax covered crime, courts and culture for the Press. His work has also appeared in Spin, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and LA Weekly. He has been a senior editor with Texas Monthly since January 2015.


Mapping the Popularity of Texas Artists Outside of Texas

Further study of Spotify’s music maps shows Texas artists’ pockets of popularity outside of the state.

From Texas to Cuba: An Epic Road Trip, Castro's Trip to Houston, and How It's Changed

As the doors to Cuban travel slowly re-open, the author’s dad recalls his epic road/cruise ship trip to Havana just before Castro’s take-over, and we remember Castro’s hero’s welcome in Houston a few months later.

Texas Takes On New York: Manhattan Clam Chowder Con Gulf Oysters

Oh, you think it’s okay to put peas in guacamole, New York Times? Let’s see how you like these Texan takes on classic New York City dishes. (The first in a series.)

Spotify Charts The Favorite Songs of Texas Cities, & It Isn't Surprising At All

The music sharing service shows how little Dallas and Houston have in common, how Austin loves critical darlings, and how much Aggies love Aggies. 

Jade Helm Is Going Down: San Angelo Man Offers Proof Of Ninja Invasion At Local Sam's Club

As a San Angelo satirist proves, some people will believe any crazy thing you tell them in Texas drawls.

Mapping the Best Texas Movies

No, Business Insider, you can’t boil Texas down to just one movie, especially when that movie is Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Here are a few dozen more from across the state.


This Week in Texas Confederate Flag News: Rallies, Burnings, and More

Flag-waving rebels roll on Walmarts from Houston to Amarillo, an Odessa songsmith pens an anthem for the movement, and a Houston-area man’s banner is vandalized.

Texas Gator Kills Man in Orange, Ending a 179-Year Streak

Shipyard worker breaks every rule of gator safety and pays the ultimate price.

A Family Fights Off an Angry Alligator, Keeping State Fatality-Free

There are gators aplenty in East and South Texas, yet no Texan has ever been killed since records have been kept, despite close calls like what happened recently with a Chambers County boy.

Now You Don't Have to Go to Reynosa for Your Donald Trump Piñata

With the sweets-stuffed effigies of the Big Apple mogul now on sale in the Valley, bashing the Donald just got that much easier.

Contending With Our Confederate Dirty Laundry

Yes, the Confederate flag has to go. But what next after that? And what hopes are we pinning on the destruction of symbols?

Embrace Y'all, Y'all

An increasing number of Texans seem to think it’s sophisticated to call a group of people “you guys.” It’s not.

As We're Invaded By Mattress Stores, a UT MBA Plots to Move the Business Online

Mattress Firms are multiplying today as fast as chain pharmacies did twenty years ago, but how long can they stave off the future?

Still Bill

Houston goes a bit nuts over a storm that was nothing like the Memorial Day floods.