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Christian Wallace is a staff writer from West Texas. Before joining Texas Monthly as a fact-checker, in March 2016, Wallace worked as a roughneck, a ditch digger, an electrician, a record store clerk, and a radio DJ. He earned BAs in history and English at Texas State University in San Marcos, and holds a master’s degree in writing from the National University of Ireland in Galway. In 2020, Wallace wrote and hosted the documentary podcast series Boomtown, about the Permian Basin’s historic oil boom and the bust that followed. The series has more than 3.5 million downloads. Wallace’s June 2020 cover story on honky-tonks was a National Magazine Award finalist. He has also been a finalist for two City and Regional Magazine Awards. Wallace lives in San Marcos with his partner, Lauren Meckel, and their pup, Wyatt.

69 Articles

Music |
November 1, 2020

Jerry Jeff Walker, Remembered by Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Dan Rather, and Many, Many Others

The New York–born singer-songwriter got to Texas as soon as he could—and spent the next five decades changing the lives of seemingly everyone he met.

Books |
October 14, 2020

Six Good Texas Book Festival Reads

This year’s festival is all-virtual, but its lineup is still all-star, as demonstrated by this trio of recent books from Texas authors.

The Culture |
September 16, 2020

Top Dog: An Oral History of ‘Wishbone’

The kids’ television program, helmed by a crop of Texan theatrical talents, landed on PBS 25 years ago.

Music |
April 29, 2020

All 146 Willie Nelson Albums, Ranked

The recording career of country music’s greatest artist, surveyed, sized up, and sorted on the occasion of his 87th birthday.

Sports |
September 30, 2017

“Friday Night Writes”: We’re Over Julie Taylor

Plus: Does Coach really deserve Tami Taylor?

Film & TV |
September 22, 2017

“Friday Night Writes”: Who’s Landry?

Going to Gatling, meeting Landry, and discovering the cruelty of teenage girls.

Sports |
September 8, 2017

“Friday Night Writes”: Can Coach Taylor Make Boys into Men?

Yeah, we love Coach Taylor. But we're skeptical that his big hearted speeches are doing much for his team off of the field.

Sports |
September 1, 2017

“Friday Night Writes”: Meeting the Dillon Panthers

The Dillon Panthers are back (for us, anyway).

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