Mimi Swartz Offers Up a Tick-Tock on the Pursuit of Medicine’s Holy Grail

Aug 17, 2018 By Andy Langer

The second chapter of Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz’s new book, Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart, is titled “How Hard Can It Be?” The short answer is, “exceedingly.” For decades, since the first open heart surgery, a reliable implantable device—a successful artificial heart—has been an innovation always just out of reach, but not for lack of trying. Ticker details the struggle and lands at the intersection… Read Story

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I Believe I Can Fry

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

How a mild-mannered database analyst from Dallas became the undisputed king of extreme competitive deep-frying in Texas—which is to say, the world.

Soldiers of Misfortune

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

For as long as the U.S. military has patrolled the border in search of drug smugglers, there has been the possibility that an innocent civilian would be killed. The government insists the chance is worth taking. Tell that to the family of Ezequiel Hernandez, Jr.

When the Sky Ran Dry

Jan 21, 2013 By John Burnett

Bad as the current drought is, it has yet to match the most arid spell in Texas history. Nearly two dozen survivors of the fifties drought remember the time it never rained.

96 Minutes

By Pamela Colloff

At 11:48 a.m. on August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman began firing his rifle from the top of the University of Texas Tower at anyone and everyone in his sights. At 1:24 p.m., he was gunned down himself. The lives of the people who witnessed the sniper’s spree firsthand would never be the same again.

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