Paul Knight joined the staff of Texas Monthly as an assistant editor in the summer of 2011. His work has also appeared in the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Press, the New York Times, and the Texas Observer. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has worked with the school’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference since its inception. His first book, Devil on the Plains, is scheduled for publication by Penguin in the fall of 2015.
At the Fort Griffin Fandangle, Texas’s oldest outdoor musical, an all-amateur local cast reenacts its own bloody history.
I promise driving a truck won’t help you create any ties to your new state’s rural roots, but spending one day on a city street, sharing it with trucks like mine, may help you understand that practicality doesn’t have much to do with being a Texan at all.