Oscar Cásares


In the Year 1974

I still remember the moment I discovered that a world existed outside Brownsville. I’ve been trying to explore it ever since.

Se Habla Español

But not without some difficulty—even though I’m a third-generation Mexican American.

Tall In the Saddle

My father’s not-so-brief, happy career on horseback.

Christmas in Brownsville

My father, who had grown up on a farm, used to talk about his family’s killing a pig for the tamales, but this was back in the twenties.

Pet Project

My dog, Flaco, sleeps on a bed from Pottery Barn, gets three walks a day, and very nearly had his teeth cleaned for the princely sum of $208. What would my father say?

Ready For Some Futbol?

Race and racism at the state soccer championship.

The Waiting Game

I was a server at Pappasito’s for a week. It felt like a lifetime.

Grass Roots

My father was passionate about lawn care. Me? Not so much.

Indivisible Man

Was January 20 really the dawn of a new and more inclusive age?

Therapy Room

An exclusive excerpt from writer-at-large Oscar Casares’s forthcoming first novel, Amigoland

The Departed

They say you can’t go home again—especially when pretty much your entire family has moved away.

Imaginary Friends

Brownsville’s first federal judge was a legendary figure in my house. So legendary that I never believed my father when he said he knew the man.

Living With the Border Fence

The border fence cuts through a Valley farmer’s property, upending his family’s life.

Home Run

A jogging path along the Rio Grande was a treasured, secret place—until it became part of the front lines in a war I still don’t understand.

Hecho en Brownsville

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.