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.


Indian Takers

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

Profile: Senator Spite

Phil Gramm’s unrelenting partisanship has changed Texas politics, but it may cost him the presidency.

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.

Donkey Business

Small-town Texas gets a taste of national politics up close.

Elephant Walk

Jim Baker’s boyhood home, take in Robert Mosbacher’s old stomping grounds, and see the Houstonian suite where George Bush slept!

The Invisible Man

El Paso author Cormac McCarthy has always shunned fame, but his latest novel may nally force him into the spotlight.

Mr. Malcontent

More Lenny Bruce than Jerry Seinfeld, Hicks wins fans by showing them his dark side.

True Stories

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly—and some folks don’t feel alive unless they’re staring at a blank sheet of paper.

The Blood of the Farentholds

Sissy Farenthold’s family has long battled with its capacity for self-destruction. With the disappearance of her youngest son, the battle is once again joined.

Beware the Grace of God

Troubled boys at this Baptist youth home had to eat soap if they said the wrong thing. And that was one of the milder punishments.

Dan Rather Is a Good Ol’ Boy

But he’d rather not leave CBS to return to Texas, at least not yet.

A Guard In Gangland

Never before had a correctional officer been tried for the murder of an inmate—and never before had such chilling details been revealed about how our prisons really work.