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Michael Hardy is a native Texan and a senior editor at Texas Monthly, where he has written about viticulture, lepidoptery, opera, wrestling, graffiti, tattoo parlors, state politics, and Sugar Land’s selfie statue. Before joining TM he worked as arts editor for Houstonia magazine, where he won the 2015 City and Regional Magazine Association award for best arts writing. His reporting has appeared in the Texas Observer, Wired, the New York Times, and Playboy. He lives in Houston.

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July 25, 2017

Country Revival

Texas A&M is booming: new construction, world-renowned academics, and sports teams on the rise. The man behind all this success is the pickup-driving, straight-talking politician turned system chancellor John Sharp.

October 19, 2016

The Redneck Tenor

The acclaimed opera singer Jay Hunter Morris has traveled the globe, performing Wagner, Puccini, and Bizet. And yet he still feels like a hick from Paris, Texas.

June 22, 2016

Gold Rush

She’s tiny, intense, explosive—and the most breathtaking Olympian you’ll be watching this summer. Meet Spring gymnast Simone Biles.

October 21, 2015

Sanctuary City

Will border politics crush Mission’s attempt to brand itself as the butterfly capital of America before that dream takes wing?

August 31, 2004


Look who’s coming to Texas. P.J. O’RourkeThe political satirist will be speaking at the University of Texas at Austin on September 16.Do you consider yourself a conservative humorist or simply a humorist? I consider myself a humorist who happens to be a conservative. I think that things are just funny

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