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.


Venus Behind Bars

A new private prison brought a belated boom to tiny Venus, but the state contends that the jailhouse is a bust.

The Hyde Park Rapist

A frightened silence keeps a neighborhood threat alive.

Pen Pal

A prisoner’s efforts at legal aid for fellow inmates could right wrongs—but is it good strategy to threaten a judge?

Poor Willie

When the IRS seized all that Willie Nelson had, it was a case of the man who can’t say no meeting the men who won’t take no for an answer.

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.

Sound and Fury

When a rare disorder damaged his voice, Johnny Bush had to decide between singing and speaking.

Dan Rather Is a Good Ol’ Boy

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

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Malcontent

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

The Invisible Man

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

Elephant Walk

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

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.