Robert Draper

Robert Draper was a staff writer at Texas Monthly from 1991 until 1997. He is now a contributing writer at the New York Times magazine and National Geographic as well as a correspondent for GQ magazine. Draper is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times best-sellers Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush and Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives. A native Houstonian, he now resides in Washington D.C.

Stories

The Capital Call Girls

The shocking story of Austin’s underworld, and how a state bureaucrat got in too deep.

His Own Private Marfa

In the wide-open spaces of Marfa, late sculptor Donald Judd’s immense legacy beckons West Texas travelers.

Nouveau Grub

Around the state, a smorgasbord of stylish new restaurants defines the Texas bitegeist.

The Twilight of the Texas Rangers

Are the legendary lawmen necessary? Yes, but their inability to grapple with the modern world threatens to make them irrelevant.

The Crying Game

When Houston’s pro sports teams collapse late in the season—as they may do this year—faithful fans like me are never surprised. We’ve almost come to expect it.

The Great Defenders

Who cares if they dress differently, act differently, and spell their names differently? Brother Dick DeGuerin and Mike DeGeurin are two of the best attorneys in Texas, and for that they can thank their mentor, legal legend Percy Foreman.

Manhunt at Menard Creek

The death of a thief in the Big Thicket has federal officials probing the conduct of local lawmen—and local lawmen complaining about a federal vendetta against the Texas prison system.

You Lose!

Scratch the surface of the Texas Lottery and you’ll find political opportunism, a cynical marketing campaign, and endless hype.

A Little Scratch

Texas Monthly tests the odds.

Ask Dr. Lotto

Where the money goes, how winners get paid, and other true facts.

Indian Takers

All across Texas, vandals are searching for ancient treasures by looting Indian campgrounds—including the one on my family’s ranch.

Indian Takers

All across Texas, vandals are searching for ancient treasures by looting Indian campgrounds—including the one on my family’s ranch.

Blue Moon

Great expectations, no appreciation: That’s what Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon faces every week. Is it any wonder he’s the most frustrated player in the NFL?

Lyle’s Style

Nothing about Lyle Lovett suggests he’d ever make it big. That’s precisely why he did.

O Janis

Janis Joplin’s life was about music, rebellion, and excess—but she was influenced most by her tormented relationship with the people and spirit of Port Arthur.

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