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. 

Stories

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.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Looking for the essence of Texas in El Paso, the soul of Dr. Red Duke in Houston, the secrets of status in Dallas, and a quirky West Texas empire in Balmorhea.

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.

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.

What Texas Means To Me

God created Texas, and then He created people who would love it.

Let’s Get Serious About Toys

They used to be virtuous and wooden and they were good. Now they’re commercial and plastic and they’re great.

Let’s Get Serious About Toys

They used to be virtuous and wooden and they were good. Now they’re commercial and plastic and they’re great.

Child’s Play

A brief but opinionated guide to the world’s best toys, from the Alpha Porbe to the telephone.

Child’s Play

A brief but opinionated guide to the world’s best toys, from the Alpha Porbe to the telephone.

The Perfect River

From giant freshwater prawns to bikini-clad coeds, from ancient Indian artifacts to swimming pigs, there’s something for everyone on the San Marcos River.

The Governor’s New Clothes

Bill Clements, unmasked at last.

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