Stephen Harrigan

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. 


The Time of His Life

Henry Cisneros has the vision and charisma of a born leader. Does it matter that he has the soul of an Aggie?

The Coronary Bypass

In Texas, survivors of this life-and-death operation wear their scars like medals of honor.

The Ballad of Fess Parker

He was the definitive Davy Crockett, and with good reason.

The Eye of the Beholder

A museum in Texas is the last place Jacques-Louis David would expect to find his late masterpiece, but we’re glad it’s here.

Wide Open Spaces

The Chihuahuan Desert is a place of extremes, where the visitor not only observes but participates in the struggle for life and death.

Eighteen Minutes

Unlike the Alamo, which can seem as remote and mysterious as Stonehenge, the San Jacinto battlefield has few secrets. Its history lies close at hand.

Isle Without End

An early castaway described Padre Island as “a wretched, barren sandbank.” It’s better known today as the Gold Coast of Texas, but its identity is still rooted in wildness and age-old solitude.

On the Wings of the Wind

Someday, when the weather is just right, glider pilot Joann Shaw will sail across the sky, alone among the silent and shifting clouds, for hundreds of miles.

Looking for Trouble

Fred Cuny, sixth-generation Texan and uncompromising disaster-relief consultant, takes his expertise to the ends of the earth.

Coppini the Great

Pompeo Coppini’s heroic sculptures and European air were just what Texas’ fledgling gentry was hungry for in 1901. Since then his name has faded from memory, but his works endure.

My Quest for the Perfect Biscuit

It all started at my grandmother’s when I was seven years old. No biscuit has since measured up, but my lonely search for that sublime confection continues.

First Light

Texas’ morning glory by thirteen photographers.

Texas Primer: The Yellow Rose of Texas

If it wasn’t for the song, no one would remember Emily Morgan, but she launched a nation by diverting Santa Anna at San Jacinto.

Main Street

It’s Houston’s driveway, a twenty-mile kaleidoscope of bankers, punkers, strippers, surgeons, students, grackles and cars.

Mr. Hannah’s Rocket

His first spacecraft blew up on the pad and his primary investor died, but the first free enterprise rocket finally flew from Matagorda.