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Francesca Mari is an associate editor at Texas Monthly. Her essays, reporting, and criticism have appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Dissent, and elsewhere.

Articles by Francesca Mari

Gender Bender

Feb 24, 2016 By Francesca Mari

Colt Keo-Meier is Texas’s preeminent researcher on transgender issues. But for him, it’s not just about the science. It’s personal.

The Click Clique

Aug 12, 2014 By Francesca Mari

Amber Venz was just a pretty Dallas girl with good taste and a blog, until she figured out something revolutionary: how to make money with every post. Meet the 27-year-old queen of a whole new fashion empire.

Fixing the Fruits of the Earth

Apr 15, 2014 By Francesca Mari

The sweet onion! The mild pepper! The maroon carrot! These and countless other tasty fruits and vegetables wouldn't exist but for the scientists of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.

What Is Art?

Oct 21, 2013 By Francesca Mari

When Playboy Enterprises—yes, that Playboy Enterprises—erected a forty-foot-tall sculpture near Marfa, it was convinced the town would appreciate its take on the local art scene. Instead it started a revealing debate.

Hog Hunting With Texas’s Next Literary Giant

May 24, 2013 By Francesca Mari

Philipp Meyer is impressing the literary world with his second novel, The Son, a multigenerational epic about an oil and ranching dynasty in Texas that is being called the most ambitious Texas novel in years. But how did this East Coast-reared man manage to capture the spirit of the state?