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.


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.

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.

Nouveau Grub

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

His Own Private Marfa

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

My Little Town

I went to Palacios to get away from city life, and I fell in love with the gracious but endangered ways of small-town living.

The Capital Call Girls

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

Charles Hurwitz

A true post-boom-and-burst CEO.

Hakeem Olajuwon

All-star, MVP, and now champion.

Hot and Heavy

A saga of lust and revenge with a corpulent heroine establishes Carol Dawson as Texas’ most promising new writer.

Page Masters

This past year, Texas writers chased tornadoes, delved into devil worship, and pondered the etiquette of breast-feeding.

The Sheriff Who Went to Pot

Brig Marmolejo may have been convicted of bribery, but he is more than just another crooked cop in South Texas. His is the story of borders easily crossed—the ageless parable of the Rio Grande Valley.

Closing the Circle J

A final farewell to the Hill Country spread that for more than thirty years meant everything to me and my family.

Rudy Awakening

As Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich is discovering, it’s one thing to win the MBA title—and quite another to play like champions.