John Santos


The Education of Mi Hijita

My daughter is only two, but I’m already planning to teach her what it means to be a Texan—and a Tejana.

Violence Is Golden

James Carlos Blake’s latest novel explores the sins of the grandfather.

Back to the Future

A trip through South Texas in search of the ghosts of borders past—and a vision for what comes next.

City of Dreams

Searching for the legendary past—and the cosmic future—in my old river city, San Antonio de Béjar.

Two Burials

Today my grandfather is buried in a family plot in Laredo. But to understand who he was and what his family was like, you have to know the story of his first burial, seventy miles away and nearly twenty years earlier.