The Texas Legislature’s pages and messengers have had a hand in running the state for decades.
Marshall Arisman, who illustrated our excerpt from Dying to Cross, on depicting violence and working with color.
Illustrator Steve Brodner on the colonias of South Texas and communicating with pictures.
Jeff Lipsky, who photographed Kelly Clarkson for this month’s cover, talks about working with celebrities and what it means to be “a natural.”
Executive editor Skip Hollandsworth, who wrote this month’s cover story, talks about pop sensation Kelly Clarkson and her fondness for bowling.
From French Quarter Creole Dining to the Perfect Poboy
At the Cibolo Nature Center, preservation is always on the brain.
Over the years, Texas has had a starring role in moviemaking.
Senior executive editor Paul Burka and writer-at-large Patricia Kilday Hart on politics and the Ten Best and Ten Worst Legislators.
Texas and oil—it all started when bubblin’ crude spewed out of Spindletop on January 10, 1901.
She’s searched through ancient manuscripts, dined at the finest restaurants in cities like Bangkok and Paris, and traveled through mountain villages in the Andes and Himalayas. She’s painted the Capsicum pepper genus, grown as many as 81 varieties of peppers at one time, and published books entitled The Pepper Trail
Freelance writer Jim Lewis on the Somali Bantu refugees in San Antonio and what they think of the United States.
Writer-at-large Jim Atkinson on protecting yourself against skin cancer, checking suspicious-looking moles, and how he researches health topics.
Senior editor Pamela Colloff on the lesbian partners in Bloomburg whose relationship got them fired by the school board.
Editor Evan Smith, who sat down with Lance Armstrong (above) for this month’s cover story, talks about the six-time Tour de France winner and the secret to getting a great interview.
The Baylor University women’s basketball program has come a long way.
Helen Cho on Houston. For some good, cheap Chinese or Vietnamese food, go to Bellaire.
From a sock hop in Galveston to a basketball competition in Austin, Juneteenth celebrations across the state commemorate the emancipation of slaves.
Freelance writer and former Texas Monthly intern Stayton Bonner, assistant managing editor Stacy Hollister, editorial director Christopher Keyes, and new-media director Charlie Llewellin talk about exploring the state’s rivers for this month’s cover story.
Illustrator Christoph Niemann on inspiration and the creative process.
Photographer Sarah Wilson on basketball phenom Brooklyn Pope, whom she shot for this month’s issue.
Author John McManus on his book Bitter Milk and the writing process.
Executive editor S. C. Gwynne on the Devils River, white water, and tents.
Senior editor Pamela Colloff on state representative Hubert Vo’s winning campaign strategy and Houston’s Asian community.
Writer-at-large Don Graham on Mary Karr’s recently reissued book The Liars’ Club and confessional memoirs.
Fredrik Brodén, who took the photograph for Gary Cartwright and Dan Jenkins’s e-mail exchange, on inspiration and visualizing a concept.