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. 


Head, Heels, and Heart

For team ropers on the All-Girl circuit, the true reward is the happiness of pursuit.

Growing Up With George and Martha

By turning two tiny dots into two huge hippos, James Marshall made an indelible mark on children’s literature, and little people laughed happily ever after.

Texas Primer: The Balcones Escarpment

The blackland prairie of the old South meets the wide-open spaces of the wild West at Texas’ great geologic divide.

My Wife’s Husband

We were in love in a way I didn’t quite trust. There was nothing grand or electric about it, just a steady, deepening insistence.

The Making of Lonesome Dove

You can lead a herd to water, but can you make a miniseries faithful to Larry McMurtry’s Texas classic?

Extra! Extra!

In which the author becomes a star—for three seconds.

Nature of the Beast

A tiger, a zoo, a terrifying death.

Football? What’s the Big Deal?

As much as I hated playing football, I hate watching it more.

Worked to Death

The allure of Galveston Bay is not natural beauty but the determination of nature to survive ugliness.

The Lost Tribe

They were the classic Texas Indians—fierce, majestic, and free. Today’s Comanches find their lives defined by legends and bitter truths.

The Temple of Destiny

In downtown Mexico City are the ruins of the great Aztec pyramid, the site where one empire ended and a new world began.

Vigil at Treaty Oak

To the people of Austin, the poisoning of an ancient tree was more than a crime; it was a blasphemy.

Wild Forever

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

Swamp Thing

Snapping turtles are cantankerous, grotesque, and savage. And those are just a few of the reasons I like them.

The Man Who Never Stops

Robert A. Caro has spent fifteen years writing his monumental biography of Lydon Johnson. He is halfway through.