Lawrence Wright began writing for Texas Monthly in 1980 and left in 1992 to become a staff writer for the New Yorker, a role he still holds. His history of Al Qaeda, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf, 2006), spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was translated into 25 languages. The book won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Wright’s one-man play, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, was made into a documentary film that aired on HBO. The book later became a miniseries on Hulu starring Jeff Daniels and Alec Baldwin. Wright’s seventh book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf, 2013), is based on a profile he wrote of the writer-director Paul Haggis in the New Yorker that won the National Magazine Award in 2012. The best-selling God Save Texas also arose from a New Yorker article. In 2020, Wright published The End of October, a novel that eerily foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic that was just beginning to take over the country. That was followed in 2021 by a nonfiction book about the pandemic, The Plague Year.

27 Articles

True Crime |
January 1, 1988

The Sins of Walker Railey

He had a wife and a girlfriend. His ambition was unchecked. He tried to commit suicide. But when I came face to face with the minister of my boyhood church, the sin we talked about was murder.

Music |
June 1, 1987

Culture Club

Once San Antonio’s elite took pride in their support of the city’s fine symphony. When the cream of that elite, the Symphony Society board, abruptly canceled the upcoming season, it was time for some soul-searching

Fatherhood |
March 1, 1986

Kwell or Be Kwelled

Cradle Cap was nothing, diaper rash was a breeze. But when my son brought home head lice—well, it made the plague look good.

Fatherhood |
December 1, 1985

I Want to Be Alone

When the wife goes back to work and the husband takes on chores and children, the real problem is not laundry or lunch boxes. It’s the battle between love and ambition.

Fatherhood |
June 30, 1985

No Babies Here

When the time comes for the last child in the family to relinquish her tattered baby blanket, she’s not the only one who’s a little shaky about it.

Being Texan |
November 1, 1982

Easy Street

Houston’s black elite have come a very long way to live in MacGregor Way, the swankiest black neighborhood in Texas, but they still don’t feel safe.

Media |
May 31, 1981

Shades of Gray

Thomas Thompson won his Blood and Money libel suit, but the trial left one question unanswered: how much of his imagination is a nonfiction writer allowed to use?

Feature |
December 1, 1980

I, Claus

Better not shout, cry, or pout, ‘cause we’re telling you why, after all these years, Santa Claus is still coming to town.