Longreads

Lost and Found

Nov 23, 2016 By Katy Vine

They have fled war-torn countries, given up livelihoods, and left behind possessions and family for the safety of a foreign world of cowboy hats and Walmarts. But the refugees who land in Amarillo’s Astoria Park have an ally who understands their confusion and loss: a 64-year-old former teacher named Miss Evelyn.

Crossed Stitches

Nov 23, 2016 By Rachel Monroe

Beverly Pennington was a Pinterest-perfect entrepreneur whose patchwork quilts—made from people’s most treasured T-shirts—found thousands of devotees all over the country. But when the quilts stopped coming, leaving the shirts in limbo, her customers pieced together a plan to fight back.

The Televangelism of Ken Paxton

Nov 22, 2016 By R.G. Ratcliffe

It’s been a difficult two years in office for Texas’s attorney general. First came his indictment on multiple felonies, then an embarrassing series of missteps and staff shake-ups. Now, with his trial looming, he’s seeking salvation one live television interview at a time.

Orange Crush

Oct 19, 2016 By John Nova Lomax

Who needs the playoffs? After years (and years and years) of heartache, Houston has fallen for the Astros all over again.

The Iconoclast

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.

Valle de los Caidos cross
Cross Ways

Sep 23, 2016 By Jonny Auping

A pastor at a Corpus Christi church is on a mission to build “the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere.”

Trash Talk

Sep 21, 2016 By Christopher Hooks

The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.

Snow’s Queen

Sep 21, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

On Saturdays Tootsie Tomanetz cooks barbecue the old-fashioned way for legions of loyal fans. That doesn’t mean she’ll ever give up her day job.

Novelist Paulette Jiles
True Western

Sep 15, 2016 By Jeff Salamon

Paulette Jiles wasn't born in Texas, but she started writing novels set here as fast as she could.