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.
An innovative folk art exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art affirms the irrepressible spirit of the Mexican people.
Melissa Miller’s lions and tiger confront demons, dance under the moon, and reflect the ambiguity of the modern world.
Two gleaming office towers are going up face to face in downtown Austin. Now their marketing managers have to rent the town asunder.
At the heart of this ancient culture were cruelty, self-mutilation, and ghostly visions.
UT is testing this device that works like a BB gun, only it’s a little more powerful—it’ll be able to shatter a Soviet warhead speeding through space.
“Art Among Us/Arte Entre Nosotros” reveals the delightful madness of San Antonio’s barrio art.
A Texas lab that look s like the set for a Buck Rogers movie is actually the frontier of the Star Wars weapons research effort.
Houston’s upper crust and underclass mingle at Jo Abercrombie’s Wednesday night fights.
Photographer Robert Frank held up a mirror to America. Now Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts turns the mirror on him.
At the Crescent’s opening, old, excessive Texas came face to face with new, designer Texas.
With dogged independence, amazing endurance, and a rugged romantic vision, photographer Laura Gilpin helped create the way we see the West today.
Want to unload your business? With Stan Hazelwood, it’s not much harder than getting a date.
At the singles bar of the eighties, is it’s not love, it could still be a good investment opportunity.
In the current Rauschenberg exhibit at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum the artist finds his first thirty years a tough act to follow.
In a Twilight Zone-like pocket near UT there are some kids who aren’t ready to grow up.