Stephen Harrigan is the author of nine books, including the award-winning novels The Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton. His most recent book is the forthcoming The Eye of the Mammoth, a career-spanning collection of his essays, many of which were written for Texas Monthly. He is also a screenwriter who has written many movies for television.
For breathtaking snorkeling in subterranean rivers and caverns, take the road out of Cancún and head for the Yucatán rain forest.
Finally, a toymaker that isn’t just kidding around: A new Alamo playset gets things right.
Carnality, Castration Anxiety, and Jouissance in Willie Nelson’s Taco Bell Commercial.
In 1731 the Spanish presidio of Los Adaes became the first capital of Texas. Today no one recognizes the name.
Eating a hunk of beef at Brenner’s is not as politically correct as it used to be. But that doesn’t stop me.
Action abounds in the new slide show at the San Jacinto Monument, but the view of history falls a bit short.
Robert A. Caro has spent fifteen years writing his monumental biography of Lydon Johnson. He is halfway through.
Snapping turtles are cantankerous, grotesque, and savage. And those are just a few of the reasons I like them.
Once the private preserve of an oil executive, the 300,000-acre Bid Bend Ranch, with all its desert grandeur, has now entered the public domain. Photography by Mark Klett
To the people of Austin, the poisoning of an ancient tree was more than a crime; it was a blasphemy.
In downtown Mexico City are the ruins of the great Aztec pyramid, the site where one empire ended and a new world began.
They were the classic Texas Indians—fierce, majestic, and free. Today’s Comanches find their lives defined by legends and bitter truths.
The allure of Galveston Bay is not natural beauty but the determination of nature to survive ugliness.