Michael Ennis

Michael Ennis has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly since 1977. He is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical novels The Malice of Fortune, Duchess of Milan, and Byzantium, which have been published worldwide. He earned his degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; taught art history at the University of Texas, Austin; and is a former John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellow. His nonfiction writing, on subjects ranging from military preparedness and national politics to art and architecture, has won several national awards; been included in the curriculum of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and has been published in a number of books and anthologies as well as magazines such as Esquire, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest.

Stories

Texas Primer: The Rich Girl

From lacquered debutante to fossilized ol’ gal, her greatest virtue is endurance.

The Marfa Art War

Sculptor Donald Judd had the vision. The Dia Art Foundation had the money. Now they’ve had it with each other.

Texas Primer: The Blue Law

On Sunday it is legal to buy beer but not baby bottles, screws but not screwdrivers, disposable diapers but not cloth ones. No place but Texas.

The Cutting Edge

Texas’ glass artists are leading a revolution in ancient craft.

The Cutting Edge

Texas’ glass artists are leading a revolution in ancient craft.

The Empress’s New Clothes

What you won’t see from Dallas designers is lots of froufrou. What you will see is a look tailored for the working woman.

The Inside Skinny On Dallas Designers

Who’s who, and who’s doing what to whom: a brief guide.

The Inside Skinny On Dallas Designers

Who’s who, and who’s doing what to whom: a brief guide.

His Name Was Forrest Bess

He was wildly eccentric, he lived in a shanty on the Gulf, he subsisted as a bait fisherman, he had bizarre notions of eternal life. He may have been the best artist Texas has ever produced.

His Name Was Forrest Bess

He was wildly eccentric, he lived in a shanty on the Gulf, he subsisted as a bait fisherman, he had bizarre notions of eternal life. He may have been the best artist Texas has ever produced.

So You Don’t Like The Way You Look?

To a plastic surgeon, your face is just the beginning.

Lascivious Houston

A look inside the world of topless clubs, where love and even passion are impossible to find.

Lascivious Houston

A look inside the world of topless clubs, where love and even passion are impossible to find.

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