Jan Reid

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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

The Meanest River

Jun 30, 1988 By Jan Reid

Yes, it’s muddy, it’s treacherous, and it smells bad enough to gag a skunk; but it’s also the only thing between us and Oklahoma.

Character Flaw

May 31, 1988 By Jan Reid

A tour of the Texas psyche, with guides like Sam Houston, Katherine Anne Porter, and John Henry Faulk; a novel of adolescence addresses carnal knowledge and fundamentalist religion.

The Soft Sell

Mar 1, 1988 By Jan Reid

Once, the term “paperback original” was reserved for second-rate work. Now, thanks to an innovative editor, two Texas novelists are proud to see their books in softcover.

Oil Gluttons

Jun 30, 1987 By Jan Reid

Getty Oil dropped into the market like raw steak into a bay full of sharks: Oil and Honor clarifies the waters. Beverly Lowry keeps the pages turning in her deft and racy roman à clef. The Perfect Sonya.

The Next Picture Show

Apr 1, 1987 By Jan Reid

In Larry McMurtry’s Texasville, the teenagers from The Last Picture Show await their thirtieth high school reunion amid the hard times in Thalia and, as always, the war between the sexes.

C. W. Post

Mar 1, 1987 By Jan Reid

At first he couldn’t stand the strain of trying to get rich. Then he couldn’t stand the strain of being rich.

The Apple Version

Feb 1, 1987 By Jan Reid

Walt Disney, Howard Johnson, and Margery Post Merriweather have one thing in common: they’re all trapped inside Max Apple’s new novel.

Forty-two Per Cent Potent

Nov 1, 1986 By Jan Reid

In the novel Paradise, Donald Barthelme offers a cereal box of current events and social observations; Laura Furman challenges the dogged ideal of family in Tuxedo Park; Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass is a crash-bang publishing event.

Partners in Crime

Sep 30, 1986 By Jan Reid

David Lindsey stalks Houston cops, through the violence the violence and around the blood, in search of another mystery novel.

Texas, In Short

Jul 31, 1986 By Jan Reid

The characters in Prize Stories and South by Southwest often dwell on the past while living out their lives in an anxious present.

Nine Days of Solitude

May 31, 1986 By Jan Reid

The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor is more than just journalistic ghostwriting; I the Supreme is robbed of its punch; Bird of Life, Bird of Death peeks behind Central America’s dictators and dominoes.

Southern Discomfort

Apr 30, 1986 By Jan Reid

Bobby Jack Nelson—roughneck, cowhand, prospector, and Australian talk show host—is also a fine novelist; Larry L. King writes about writing.

A Grand Canyon

Jan 1, 1985 By Jan Reid

In 1541 Coronado and his troops stumbled upon a huge canyon in the midst of grassy plains and gazed upon it with awe. Journeying down into Palo Duro Canyon on mules 443 years later, I began to understand why.

Out of Action

Apr 30, 1984 By Jan Reid

He was an aggressive cop with one of the toughest beats in Dallas. But after fourteen years and another killing, the department took him off the street and slapped him behind a desk.

Gambling on the Gamblers

Jan 1, 1984 By Jan Reid

Jerry Argovitz made himself unpopular with NFL management as an abrasive player's agent. Now that he owns Houston's new football team, he finds himself on the other side of the table—and the issues.

A Knell for Eric

Jun 30, 1983 By Jan Reid

An Abilene man recalls the pluck and pain of his stricken son in This Is the Child. An El Paso professor creates a lovably uncool detective in Dancing Bear. An Austin meteorologist blows hot on Texas Weather.

Blood of the Lamb

Mar 1, 1983 By Jan Reid

A high school teacher shot up the First Baptist Church in the East Texas steel town of Daingerfield, and the agony has lasted longer than anyone could have imagined.

As Good as Her Word

Feb 1, 1983 By Jan Reid

Texas women write about crop dusters and frozen custard and the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport in the encouraging new anthology Her Work. Life Sentences, though, is a flimsy feminist exercise.

Throw It to Me!

Sep 30, 1981 By Jan Reid

Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, and Butch Johnson are wide receivers for the Dallas Cowboys - in other words, they’re artists, egomaniacs, fierce competitors, and the heart of the team.

The Coyote Wars

May 31, 1981 By Jan Reid

The stake is survival - for either the sheep and goat ranchers of West Texas or the smartest predator of all.

The Beat

Apr 30, 1980 By Jan Reid

Two average, middle-class men risk injury and death patrolling the roughest streets in Dallas. Why do they do it? Because they love the job.

Little Bruisers

May 31, 1978 By Jan Reid

Fighters from all over Texas slug it out in the Golden Gloves; for most, that’s the only gold they’ll ever see.