Over the years, Texas Monthly’s most celebrated voices have written about the places that shaped them, from the Panhandle to the border. We revisit some of the classics.
His stories are grotesque, disturbing, and award-winning: Meet Nacogdoches’ Joe R. Lansdale, the most twisted writer in Texas.
It’s not just another roadside attraction—here’s to a lasting monument of Texas kitsch.
Which future Texas governor hired Bob Wills to play on his Fort Worth radio show?
What was Texas like before air conditioning? Thinking about it gives me the chills.
It spelled the end of the open range and the beginning of modern Texas.
At what age was Leon Jaworski the youngest lawyer in the history of Texas?
How much are the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders paid per game?
How much did Life pay Abraham Zapruder for the rights to his assassination film?
How many times did Mary Martin shampoo onstage while appearing in South Pacific?
Sexist, shmexist: For pure viewing enjoyment, my feminist friends and I know that nothing can match the Miss America Pageant.
Phyllis George and Texas’ other former Miss America’s didn’t let the tiara go to their head.
What was so special about Mance Lipscomb’s dentures?
The laid-back Texas way of saying howdy on the road.
Let's hear it for beans and cornbread, the tastiest of plate-mates, a classic Southern supper—and a meal any fool can cook.
From a boutique hotel in hip South Austin to a bed-and-breakfast across the Mexican border, from fly fishing on the Llano River to bathing in the Chinati Hot Springs, 33 getaways the guidebooks don’t tell you about, courtesy of our intrepid staff of weekend warriors.
Explaining the enduring appeal of Jell-O can be as challenging as, well, nailing it to a tree.
What to do if you're bitten by fire ants, lost in the wilderness, sprayed by a skunk, attacked by a shark, stuck in a lightning storm, swept away by a riptide, or caught in any of eleven other worst-case scenarios.
From bullet bras to panties emblazoned with the Lone Star flag, a brief history of women’s underwear in Texas.
How the cosmetically challenged among us manage to save face.
From buckskin to polyester, a look at 166 years of Texas fashion that doesn’t skirt the issues.
Man makes the clothes.
La Grange’s Mr. Barbecue, the police chief of Athens: fifteen local characters with, er, character.
Elegant antebellum furniture in Jefferson, Latin American folk art in Smithville: Where the buys are in two dozen communities.
If traditional holiday meals leave you hungry for something new, you’ll devour the dishes that Dallas chef Dean Fearing has prepared.
How many Texans died at the Alamo?
Did The Texas Chainsaw Massacre really happen?
Does the ten-gallon hat hold ten gallons?
Who put the Bowie in the bowie knife?
Was J. R.shot in Dallas?
Do horny toads really squirt blood?
Oil’s well that begins well.
Great Houston’s ghost!
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One hundred simple questions—well, not that simple— stand between you and Texas literacy.
Is DWB (driving while barefoot) illegal?
I’m in love with you, cherry lime.
From tamales and chile con carne to boiled fish and macaroni with mushroom sauce, the first-ever compendium of Mexican American cooking, Mexican Cooking: The Flavor of the 20th Century—That Real Mexican Tang, takes readers on an unusual culinary ride.
Is Juneteenth ours?
You’d love my collection of vintage Texas cookbooks. Just don’t ask me to cook from them.
Bluebonnet burglars, beware?
Blondness—natural or otherwise— is even more Texan than Big Hair.
No, you can’t shoot your adulterous wife.
Gene Autry’s reindeer games.
What to do in ten more worst-case scenarios, from getting bitten by a brown recluse to getting caught in a dust storm.
The seven dips on a Texas trip.
I've been collecting vintage Texana since I was ten years old, and believe me, I've got loads. But it's time to sell.
How high may our flag fly?
The myth of the saguaro cactus
Why Anne Dingus hates "Texas, Our Texas."