. . . When it comes to producing renewable energy, winning golf tournaments, banning books, and closing rural hospitals. Why is Texas so darn great . . . and so darn awful?
Texas Monthly staffer Dan Solomon discusses his first book, ‘The Fight for Midnight,’ which comes out as we approach the ten-year anniversary of a dramatic day (and night) at the Legislature.
Why has San Antonio fallen behind Houston, Dallas, and Austin?
You can’t blame Jeb.
Why the grocery chain’s rise has proven unstoppable.
From George Jones to Attica Locke, these Texans have made lasting cultural impacts on the state.
In Gabino Iglesias’s horror novel, racism, a broken health-care system, and Mexican cartels meet up with powerful brujas and disemboweled zombies.
Bill Broyles—now best known as a Hollywood screenwriter—remembers the magazine’s first issue.
A conversation with the author of the moving and assured ‘God Spare the Girls.’
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.
Texas science fiction authors Nicky Drayden and Christopher Brown contemplate the future of writing about the future.
The coffee table book ‘Marfa Gardens’ proves that there’s more to desert flora than cactus and agave.
A new book celebrates a pair of well-established African American and Latino communities that are disappearing from Texas’s fastest-growing city.
The story behind the story behind Austinite Mike Shea’s three seconds of international fame.
The UT professor and longtime ’Texas Monthly’ contributor died on Saturday at the age of 79 after a stroke.
Randy Kennedy on the Texas locales that helped shape his debut novel.
The Austin thriller writer Meg Gardiner explains her connections to the Golden State Killer and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Donald Trump has profoundly discouraged people from coming over our borders. But is his influence wearing off?
An Austinite misses the beach, but doesn't want to be a bother.
In his new book, Robert D. Hodge explores the Texas borderlands through the seven generations of his ranching family.
Author Adam Sternbergh tells us how a Canadian-raised Brooklynite wrote a book set in West Texas.
The McConaughey flowchart to end all flowcharts.
Summer reading—Texas style.
Willie Beeley and Billy Stoner have never met. But from a distance, the two musicians might be the same person.
It was the best of covers, it was the worst of covers.
Nobody knows the coleslaw.
The best books by and for Texans coming out in June 2017.
One man’s crazy quest to conquer the culinary capital of the world with smoked brisket.
The numbers behind our May issue.
It's not New York or L.A. or Austin, but here's why Midlake front man Eric Pulido calls Denton home.
Cornyation, lampooning San Antonio's social elites since 1951.
Over the past 23 years, the founding director of the Michener Center for Writers has helped launch countless literary careers. Here are a few of the program’s most notable graduates.
One question with the executive producer of 'The Son.'
A typical morning for William McRaven.
George W. Bush, portraitist.
George Saunders explains how writing about Trump voters and writing a novel required the same skill: understanding people you don’t agree with.
Paulette Jiles wasn't born in Texas, but she started writing novels set here as fast as she could.
The incandescent unreality of Rocky Schenck is on display in the photographer's second collection.
The dean of Dell Medical School wants to reinvent health care for the twenty-first century.
A new biography takes a hard look at our forty-third president’s foreign policy record, with assessments that often stand in stark contrast with Bush's own verdict on his presidency.
Getting wet, getting scared, and getting my family a little closer to Texas at Schlitterbahn.
Justin Cronin on Texas, our toxic environment, and the long-awaited finale to his best-selling science-fiction trilogy.
In-migration, by the numbers.
Illustration by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Click to enlarge.When Governor Greg Abbott announced, in the wake of the November terrorist attacks on Paris, that Texas would not accept any new Syrian refugees, he was flouting the law of the land: the placement of refugees within the United States
MBAs Across America CEO and co-founder Casey Gerald explains why it’s hard to change the world.
Carrie Rodriguez’s new album finds her delving deep into her family history.
In 1975 the estate of J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) established an endowment that would allow the University of Texas Press to keep his books in print for decades to come. Forty years later, the arrangement is still in place, and the press annually sells thousands of copies of
A death penalty in decline.
James Lee Burke may split his time between Louisiana and Montana, but he's never really left Texas.