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Jeff Salamon is a senior editor at Texas Monthly and previously served as an editor at the Village Voice and the Austin American-Statesman. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Details, and Artforum. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a native of New York City. He lives in Austin with his wife, two children, two dogs, and one cat.

Books |
March 23, 2015

Cover to Cover

If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve

Entertainment |
October 22, 2014

The Checklist

What to hear, read, watch, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Checklist |
June 10, 2014

The Checklist

What to hear, read, and watch this month to achieve maximum Texas literacy.

Culture |
May 13, 2014

The Checklist

What to hear, read, and watch this month to achieve maximum Texas literacy.

Politics & Policy |
May 13, 2014

The Runoffs Rundown

Click to enlarge.Thanks to the domino effect of Rick Perry’s retirement, an unusual number of high-profile Republican politicians have been vying for statewide office this year. Add to that the intensity that the tea party insurgency has brought to ideological debates within the GOP, and you’ve

Travel & Outdoors |
April 23, 2014

Damn This Traffic Jam

Infographic illustration by Luke Shuman. Click to enlarge.When the INRIX company released its annual list of America’s most congested cities, the big news for Texans was that for the second year in a row, Austin was ranked the fourth-most-congested city in America—up from sixth two

Infographic |
March 12, 2014

The Texas Housing Boom

Infographic illustration by Luke Shuman. Click to enlarge.April may be the cruelest month, but not for the housing market, which always picks up this time of year, as families try to settle in to new homes before the fall semester. And this year’s real estate season

Texas History |
January 9, 2014

Two Texans

Former state demographer Steve H. Murdock troves his data to illustrate the average Texan in two every different years—1950 and 2050.

The Culture |
November 18, 2013

Five Things You’ll Be Talking About in December

1. Romo AgonistesYou remember Danny White, don’t you? He had the misfortune to replace Roger Staubach as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback after the beloved number 12 retired with two Super Bowl victories. Though White broke numerous Cowboys records—for passing yards in a season, for touchdown passes in a season, for

The Culture |
October 21, 2013

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in November

1. NASHVILLE, TEXAS Even if Kacey Musgraves wins none of the six Country Music Association awards she’ll be vying for on November 6, she’ll still be the Nashville story of the year. No female debut artist has ever before topped the CMA nominations list, and Musgraves achieved that honor with

The Culture |
September 17, 2013

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in October

1. Craig’s ListingIt doesn’t take anything away from Craig Watkins’s accomplishments as district attorney of Dallas County—since he won election in 2006, his office has exonerated 33 prisoners, some of whom had been incarcerated for decades—to say that he has been very lucky. A Democrat, he was swept into office

The Culture |
August 12, 2013

6 Things You’ll Be Talking About in September

1. I’m Gonna Git You, SoccerThe intense rivalry between the two North American powerhouses of men’s soccer, the United States and Mexico, will be renewed September 10 in Columbus, Ohio, in a crucial qualifying match for next summer’s World Cup. After years of struggle against its more established opponent, the

Music |
July 15, 2013

No Strings Attached

After years as an in-demand fiddle payer, Amanda Shires is redefining herself as a boundary-breaking singer-songwriter. Emphasis on “writer.”

The Culture |
July 15, 2013

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in August

1.  Abbott FormingThe moment Rick Perry announced that he was not running for a fourth full term as governor, all eyes turned to Attorney General Greg Abbott, who instantly became the most powerful Republican in the state. The 55-year-old Wichita Falls native has long been viewed as a serious candidate