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

T.R. Fehrenbach Is History

He’s still the gold standard by which all chroniclers of our shared experience are judged, but it’s time to look to the new generation. How do his wannabe heirs stack up?

North Toward Home

As surprising as our immigrant-friendliness may be to many, it speaks to who we are. To be a Texan is to inhabit a vast bicultural frontera, one that extends far beyond the Rio Grande.

The Bidness Myth

Rethinking the way we do business—and government—down here.

Culture of Strife

Frozen embryos are destroyed every day in the name of in vitro fertilization. Tell me again what’s so wrong with stem cell research?

What’s the Matter With Dallas?

For starters, even though its self- image is big and brash, it’s the most politically wimpy city in Texas.

Dissing Darwin

Why Texas could lose the biotech revolution—and end up, once again, an economic also-ran.

No Hat, No Cattle

We Texans have long considered ourselves, in mythical terms, old cowhands. But we’re waking up to discover that we’re really city slickers.

The Cowboy Myth

The idea that U.S. policy bears an indelible made-in-
Texas stamp is a rare point of bipartisan consensus. But
there's nothing inherently Texan about the president's
leadership style.

Apocalypse Now

What sets Dallas apart from other sophisticated
American cities? Its unique end-of-the-world industry.

The Accidental City

A new anthology of articles about Houston from the journal of the Rice Design Alliance is a sweeping historical overview, a civic memoir, and a municipal self-help guide.

Everybody Loves Ray

As in Nasher, and everybody should. His $70 million sculpture center is the most eagerly anticipated arts opening in Dallas' history.

Prints of a Fellow

The addition of Leo Steinberg's magnificent collection makes it official: UT-Austin's Blanton is one of the best university art museums in the country.

The Minimalist

The real revelation of Donald Judd's early work is how far ahead of its time it looks—not simply its own time, but our time as well.

A Fine Modness

Modernism may yet be proved dead, but if so, it has left an exquisite corpse in Fort Worth's stunning new Modern Art Museum.

Peter's Principles

Some people look at Houston and see only rough edges. Peter Marzio, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, sees a brash upstart that should be proud of its cultural riches.

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