Michael Hall

Michael Hall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. Before joining Texas Monthly in 1997, he was an associate editor of Third Coast magazine and the managing editor of the Austin Chronicle. Hall won two 2001 Katy Awards: one for Best Reporter Writing Portfolio and one for Personality Profile/Interview for his July 2001 story “Lance Armstrong Has Something to Get Off His Chest.” He won a Texas Gavel Award in 2003 for his story about capital punishment, “Death Isn’t Fair,” which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award. Hall’s stories have appeared in the Best American Magazine Writing, the Best American Sportswriting, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Da Capo Best Music Writing. He has also written for Trouser Press, the New York Times, Men’s Journal, and the Austin American-Statesman.

Stories

RIP, Ian McLagan and Bobby Keys

A day after a legendary Texas saxophonist died, a legendary Texas keyboard player has also breathed his last.

Why Did the Conservative Fifth Circuit Stay Panetti's Execution?

Maybe it had something to do with the dissent written last week by Judge Tom Price, of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Will Rick Perry Grant Clemency to Max Soffar?

More than 115,000 people think he should. 

Man on Fire

The Reverend Charles Moore ardently dedicated his life to the service of God and his fellow man. But when he couldn’t shake the thought that he hadn’t done enough, he drove to a desolate parking lot in his hometown of Grand Saline for one final act of faith.

Governor Perry, Have Mercy on This Man

Max Soffar is dying on death row, where he sits for a crime I’m certain he didn’t commit. Maybe this letter will convince you to let him spend his last days at home with his family.

“I Believe It’s a Heroic Calling”

A conversation with the criminal defense lawyers of the year.

The Strings of the Father

How Johnny Gimble became one of the greatest fiddlers of all time—and showed me and my son a thing or two about playing music.

Richard LaFuente Is Finally Free!

For 28 years, parole officials tried to get him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit. He refused—and never wavered. This is why he is the bravest man I know.

Master Nelson Receives His Black Belt

Willie, who turns 81 today, proves that age is just a number.

A Summer Weekend in Houston

A tour of the city’s rich musical legacy (and some two-stepping).

The Murders at the Lake

In 1982 three teenagers were killed near the shores of Lake Waco in a seemingly inexplicable crime. More than three decades later, the tragic and disturbing case still casts a long, dark shadow.

The Greatest Music Producer You’ve Never Heard of Is . . .

Tom Wilson, a Harvard-educated Republican from Waco who helped launch the careers of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Lou Reed, and a few other musicians you might have heard of.

Wrongfully Convicted Grandma Freed

After Fran Keller spent 21 years in prison based on allegations by children who said they were sexually abused in a satanic ritual at her and her husband’s day care, she was finally released.

The San Antonio 4 Are Finally Free

Four women spent more than thirteen years in prison because of bad science and scurrilous tales told by children who had been coached by an adult. They’re free now, but who else is sitting behind bars based on these types of false accusations?

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