Jeff Winkler

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Jeff Winkler's work has appeared in the New Republic, Vice magazine, PlayboyThe Daily Caller, The Awl, the Oxford American, and elsewhere. He has covered gun-toting carpetbaggers, attempted an alcohol enema, and ridden in the country's largest chuckwagon race. He is a college dropout living in Austin. 

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The State of Texas: Oct. 9, 2013

Oct 9, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photo of the Day Astronaut Karen Nyberg took this mesmerizing photo from her vista window of the International Space Station, which makes it clear that Austin and San Antonio are not yet one statistical metropolitian area. Sorry, Elizabeth Ames Jones: San Antonio & Austin, Texas.

State of Texas: Oct. 4, 2013

Oct 4, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

All You Can Eat Friday Fortune has bestowed upon us this celebration of National Taco Day. Praise be tacos! Here’s Texas Monthly‘s 2007 list of the best tacos in the state. And, for good measure, here’s another list of (some of) the best tacos in Texas.

State of Texas: Oct. 3, 2013

Oct 3, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Like Christmas, Halloween seems to arrive earlier each year. Houston Chronicle just published a slideshow of the Most Haunted Properties in Texas. For a bigger fright, use Texas Monthly‘s 2009 list as a guide, though watch out for ghosts and police. Tweets…

State of Texas: Oct. 2, 2013

Oct 2, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Oh, October! That time of year when the temperature begins to drop, leaves begin to fall, and Texas teens continue one of the state’s better traditions. Forget the haters who call it “weird.” Mums the word. Today in History The first military…

State of Texas: Oct. 1, 2013

Oct 1, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Video of the Day Star Wars Kid, Grumpy Cat . . . Texas tuba players. The Lake Travis Cavalier Marching Band is now Internet famous! Thanks go entirely to a tubular wreck last week. The band’s received national press after a video of their tuba section’s halftime…

State of Texas: Sept. 30, 2013

Sep 30, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Monday Goodness The Dallas Morning News has an idea about the Texas Constitution that folks on both the left and right can probably agree on: burn it. The editorial suggests a complete makeover for the “bloated” document that’s “a relic of a bitter, bygone era after the Civil…

State of Texas: Sept. 27, 2013

Sep 27, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Big. Texan. And better than Ever. Longread of the Day After fifty pigskin-less years, Houston Baptist University decided to finally start a football team. They had to build the program, literally, from the ground up: “HBU also didn’t have a football field, a football…

State of Texas: Sept. 26, 2013

Sep 26, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Rubbernecking of the Day There was a trainwreck in Texas yesterday, and no, Miley Cyrus didn’t pay us a visit. Three freight trains collided near Amarillo, derailing some 30 cars and injurying four crew members. While wishing the workers a speedy recovery, you can also view this…

State of Texas: Sept. 25, 2013

Sep 25, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day UT’s Harry Ransom Center has acquired almost 200,000 prints from the Magnum Photo collection, which represent some of the most striking images taken in the last century. (And in late October, the center is holding a symposium on the collection.) Illustrations of the…

State of Texas: Sept. 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Video of the Day WhataBrawl! Unruly high school kids (yes, that’s redundant) captured footage of their epic food fight at Whataburger after the Saturday Night Lights went out on the football field. Daily Roundup Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! — Oh, Politico! Your wild antagonism is almost enduring. Yesterday, the…

State of Texas: Sept. 23, 2013

Sep 23, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Clip of the Day Maybe the Longhorns were a bit too excited about finally beating a team. Not only did they take out K-State, but they started attacking the help as well. UT may want to reconsider their new play, however. After beaning the Wildcat employee, QB David…

State of Texas: Sept. 20, 2013

Sep 20, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Friday Movie Day Once hipsters started shooting wild game, it was kinda inevitable that they’d start shooting highly saturated videos featuring ambient music and bearded men waxing philosophically. So here’s to Jesse Griffiths’ eight-minute video essay extolling the merits of hog hunting in Central Texas Hill…

State of Texas: Sept. 19, 2013

Sep 19, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Thursday Time-waster “Yes to Texas,” a Buzzfeed for the rest of us, posted a wonderful list: 16 Signs You Went to School in Texas via @TexasHumor Daily Roundup Wendy Davis is Strappin’ on Her Runnin’ Shoes (Probably) — You’re the state’s first really viable Democratic candidate…

State of Texas: Sept. 18, 2013

Sep 18, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Texas Playlist Hunter Hauk at the Dallas Morning News curated some fine, young tracks from North Texas bands. Pictures of the Day If you haven’t yet visited the Eclectic Menagerie Park in Belfort, here’s a recent snapshot. Giant spiders, and chickens, and ‘dillos, oh…

State of Texas: Sept. 17, 2013

Sep 17, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Picture of the Day Here’s a recent street campaign (in true social media fashion) challenging a February study that declared Beaumont the “saddest city,” based on tweets from the city. Either way, it sure beats “Clapton is God” Daily Roundup A Stranger From Our Neighborhood — Washington…

State of Texas: Sept. 16, 2013

Sep 16, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Texas in Hollywood Tinseltown’s favorite Texan, Tommy Lee Jones, turned 67 on Sunday. Even though he’s probably all, like, “no birthday for old man,” you can still celebrate by reading Skip Hollandsworth’s 2006 profile. Photos of the Day “Mermaid Theater” was a big thing at the San Marcos springs during…