Jan Reid

Jan Reid is a former senior editor at Texas Monthly and has contributed to Esquire, GQ, Slate, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, and the New York Times. An early article about Texas music spawned his first book, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Among his ten books are a well-reviewed novel, Deerinwater, for which he won a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; a collection of his magazine pieces, Close Calls,</em< that was a finalist for a Texas Institute of Letters book of the year award; Rio Grande, a compilation of choice writing and photography on the storied border stream; and The Bullet Meant for Me, a reflection on marriage, friendship, boxing, and physical and emotional recovery from a deadly shooting in Mexico.

Articles by Jan Reid

Gruene Peace

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

A historic dance hall, the cypress-shaded Guadalupe, a couple of rustic inns: A great weekend getaway awaits you less than an hour from Austin and San Antonio.

Legends of the Fall

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

Texas football heroes Darrell Royal, Doak Walker, Sammy Baugh, and John David Crow are off the field, but they’re still having a ball.

Glory Days

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

Texas high school football may be in decline, but filmmakers still want to play.

Cold Case

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

One year ago tejano star Emilio Navaira was nearly killed in a tour bus accident outside Houston. What are we still learning about the experimental medical procedure that may have saved his life?

He’s About A Mover

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid and Shawn Sahm

Country, jazz, blues, R&B, polka, and conjunto—the late, great Doug Sahm was a walking encyclopedia of Texas music. An exclusive excerpt from a new biography explores how he stirred it all together and found his own sound in his first great song.

The Cult of Keen

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

It took two decades of shows at honky-tonks filled with frat-boy fans and Aggie admirers, but singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has his first major-label record deal.

To Hell and Back

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

After he was shot by a Mexico City cab driver—and told that he might be paralyzed—Jan Reid was flown to Houston, where Dr. Red Duke and a team of therapists literally got him back on his feet. In an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, The Bullet Meant for Me, Reid reconstructs the grueling nine weeks of recovery before he and his wife, Dorothy, finally headed home to Austin.

Citizen Cane

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

Ten years ago I was shot in Mexico City by a street thug who wanted to kill me. Since then, I’ve endured unbelievable pain and learned how to walk again, and I’m thankful for what I have: a new outlook on life, time with my family, and a chance to step back into the ring.

Seems Like Old Times

Jun 30, 2006 By Jan Reid

My Wichita Falls High School reunion inevitably got me thinking about the passage of time but also about memories that endure. And, of course, football.

Rocket Man

Jan 1, 2006 By Jan Reid

Richard Garriott wants to experience space travel because it would be cool—and because his dad did.

The Good Doctor

Dec 1, 2004 By Jan Reid

Can one of the state’s best writers change modern medicine as we know it? Abraham Verghese hopes so—one story at a time.

The Man With the Plan

Jul 31, 2004 By Jan Reid and Lou Dubose

You probably know that Tom DeLay spearheaded the massive—and massively controversial— congressional redistricting effort that tied Texas legislators in knots for one regular and three special sessions. What you probably don’t know is how he did it. Herein lies a tale.

The Metamorphosis

Apr 30, 2004 By Jan Reid and Lou Dubose

If you want to understand the shift in political power that has taken place in Texas over the past thirty years—from rural areas to the new suburbs, from Democratic control to Republican dominance—you'll hardly find a better case study than Tom DeLay's Sugar Land.

The Warrior’s Bride

Feb 1, 2003 By Jan Reid

Cynthia Ann Parker was nine when a Comanche snatched her from her East Texas home in 1836. Yet throughout her life as her captor's wife she remained strong, brave, and devoted to her husband and children. Which is to say, she was the original Texas woman.

The End of the River

Jan 1, 2003 By Jan Reid

Why the mighty Rio Grande isn't so mighty anymore: a twisted tale of international politics, water rights, and environmental reality (with a drought thrown in for good measure).

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Kid Gloves

Mar 1, 2002 By Jan Reid

Growing up in Wichita Falls, I was a skinny kid with buckteeth and a girl's name, so I got into my share of fights. To improve my odd's of winning-and turn my anger and fear into bravery and skill-I learned to box.

Tony Sanchez’s New Deal

Nov 1, 2001 By Jan Reid

The 58-year-old banker and oilman from Laredo is enormously wealthy, has impeccable Texas roots, and–best of all–is Hispanic. Sounds like the Democrats' dream candidate, right? Maybe.

Return to The Gay Place

Mar 1, 2001 By Jan Reid

Forty years after it was published, Billy Lee Brammer's novel about LBJ-era Austin is still one of the best ever written about American politics. Yet just as interesting is the story of Brammer himself.

A Heavy Weight

Jan 1, 2000 By Jan Reid

In this corner, convicted rapist Tony Ayala of San Antonio—once a rising star of pro boxing, now an ex-convict on the road to redemption. And in this corner, his past—the toughest opponent he's ever faced.

The Contender

Apr 1, 1998 By Jan Reid

He may soon compete for the super featherweight championship of the world, but for now Austin boxer Jesus Chavez is in the fight of his life—with federal immigration officials.

Crude Awakening

Nov 1, 1995 By Jan Reid

There’s black gold in the South American rain forest—lots of it. Can the oil companies get it out without ruining the jungle and the way of life of the Indians who live there? The perils of drilling in the heart of darkness.

Twelve Yards and a Cloud of Dust

Nov 1, 1995 By Jan Reid

The Tiny town of Mullin adopted its high school football heroes in more ways than one. These foster children and native sons had the time of their lives playing in the Super Bowl of six-man football.

LaFave Rave

Jul 31, 1995 By Jan Reid

Jimmy LaFave’s great new CD might propel him from Austin to the big time—if that were what he wanted.

Davy Crock?

Apr 30, 1995 By Jan Reid

New York fireman Bill Groneman is disputing a critical piece of Alamo lore—and historians everywhere are burning mad.

Spooking the CIA

Apr 30, 1995 By Jan Reid

Jennifer Harbury’s career as a lawyer in Texas was the prelude to her front-page fight with the U.S. intelligence community.

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No Limits

Feb 1, 1995 By Jan Reid

For twenty seasons Austin City Limits has been the elite soundstage of American popular music. And it keeps getting better.

Big

Feb 1, 1995 By Jan Reid

In heavyweight boxing—and in the glare of media lights—it helps to be larger than life. Ask George Foreman, 1994’s comeback kid.

Sympathy for The Devils

Nov 1, 1994 By Jan Reid

Riding the rapids of Texas’ last major unpolluted river is dangerous enough. But trample the private property around it and you could really get hurt.

A Good Sport

Aug 31, 1994 By Jan Reid

By all rights, Oilers coach Jack Pardee should be the most respected Texan in football. Instead, his days may be numbered.

Last of a Breed

Apr 30, 1994 By Jan Reid

Bob Eckhardt left an indelible mark on Texas liberalism. At eighty, he looks back on his wins, losses, and wives.

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Tuff Stuff

Nov 1, 1993 By Jan Reid

Tuff Hedeman was born in El Paso and raised on rodeo. Today he’s one of the best bull riders in the world.

Running Rabid

Mar 1, 1993 By Jan Reid

The nature and nightmarish potential of the rabies outbreak dawned on South Texans in late 1988 and early 1989, when coyotes were seen trotting through the streets of Rio Grande City. The first of these wayward animals crossed U.S 183, the town’s busy main drag, and sat down in…

Scarred

Jan 1, 1993 By Jan Reid

Not long after she made her trek from Texas to New York, Marla Hanson saw her modeling career end at the hands of a razor-wielding thug. Six years later, the cuts on her face have healed, but the emotional wounds remain.