Skip Hollandsworth

Before joining the Texas Monthly staff, in 1989, executive editor Skip Hollandsworth worked as a reporter and columnist in Dallas and as a television producer and documentary filmmaker. During his tenure with the magazine, he has received several journalism awards, including a National Headliners Award, the national John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, the City and Regional Magazine gold award for feature writing, and the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for magazine writing.

He has been a finalist four times for a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2010 he won the National Magazine Award in feature writing for “Still Life,” his story about a young man who, after suffering a crippling football injury in high school, spent the next 33 years in his bedroom, unable to move. The 2011 movie Bernie, which Hollandsworth co-wrote with Richard Linklater, is based on his January 1998 story, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.”


Rodeo, Texas, U.S.A.

Rodeo, rodeo, wherefore art thou rodeo? Mary Ellen Mark went to small towns all over Texas to find out.

The Ranger Bandit

Steve Benifiel was an old-fashioned outlaw who practically owned the town of Ranger—until he was busted for running one of West Texas’s biggest drug rings.

Doing the Hustle

Today, TGI Friday’s is sedate, but twenty years ago this month, the place started the singles era in Dallas.

“I Have Made Their Lives Miserable”

Young girls who want to win an Olympic gymnastics medal have to pay the price, and Bela Karolyi makes sure that they don’t get of cheap.

This One’s a Beaut!

How a Fort Worth glass manufacturer became a modern-day medici.

The Afrin Affair

A tale of rivalry, intrigue, and foul play in the science lab.

Boots and Me

In Texas, the cowboy boot still makes the man.

Pomp and Circumstance

Kicked out of the Miss USA contest, two Texas beauty moguls landed on their feet and started their own pagent.

Arrival of the Fittest

Nice-guy bodybuilder Larry North has muscled his way into Dallas’ power circles.

The Greek Way

Amid charges of brutal hazings and racist attitudes, UT’s fraternity row is taking a beating.

Ad Men at War

How the battle for the Southwest Airlines account turned into a long-awaited showdown between Texas’s two top agencies.

The Quickest Draw In the West

Not since Remington and Russell has a cowboy artist sold so many works-for so much-Fredericksburg’s G. Harvey.

Texas Humor: This Man Can Really Shoot Bull

With his bust-a-gut jokes and cornpone tales, backwoods humorist Bob Murphey delivers a time gone by.

Can Kids On Drugs Be Saved?

Drug treatment seldom works: at many centers, greedy entrepreneurs prey on frightened parents and troubled kids. But one teenager’s parents decided to take one last, desperate step: they sent their son to the toughest program in Texas.