For eight years, I had a love affair with Houston. When the good times ended, we drifted apart. But while it lasted, we had the time of our lives.
In the town George Parr once dominated, a nineteen-year-old mother was gang-raped by her neighbors. In the aftermath of the crime, the old horrors of San Diego have surfaced anew.
To understand Wanda Holloway’s dark and desperate story, you have to start with where she came from.
Two men from Mexico inherit the legacy of all immigrants—grueling labor, low pay, and a bleak existence on the edge of the American dream.
Anna Nicole Smith got her man: the full story on the big gal’s marriage to octogenarian oilman J. Howard Marshall.
When Houston’s Hermann Hospital sought a cure for its financial ills, it decided to perform major surgery on its agreement with the UT medical school next door.
From invention to litigation, the breast implant has done more for Houston’s economy—and its psyche—than anything since oil.
Texas’ top drug lawyer helps dope dealers and cocaine kingpins beat their raps—and he’s proud of it.
The Houston-based energy giant put the pursuit of profits ahead of all other corporate goals, which fostered a climate of workaholism and paranoia. And that was only part of the problem.
What tort reform has done to Texans in need would be grounds for a lawsuit—if there still were any lawsuits.
In the right light, the ornery octogenarian oilman’s guilty plea can be seen as a victory: After all, he won’t spend the rest of his natural life in jail. But the fact is, he couldn’t beat the rap—and he knew it.
In 2011 the Legislature slashed family planning funds, passed a new sonogram law, and waged an all-out war on Planned Parenthood that has dramatically shifted the state’s public health priorities. In the eighteen months since then, the conflict has continued to simmer in the courts, on the campaign trail, and
The names have changed over the decades, but through it all, Texas remains a place where money gets made—and spent.
Fawcett set the standard in the 1970s—blond, thin, and smiling. Thankfully, that’s changed.
Its recent troubles notwithstanding, the Dallas-based brand remains a shrine to good taste.
For more than fifty years, the state I call home has repeatedly surprised me. The Texas of 2023? Well, it’s got me thinking a lot about how far we have, and haven’t, come.
When Texas Monthly covered Enron's fall in 2001, we wondered if the company was an outlier or the new normal. There's no longer any question.
Gregg Phillips, a former Texas official who claims that “2,000 mules” stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump, has raised millions of dollars to chase nonexistent fraudulent votes.
Remembering Paul Burka—The State’s Most Revered Political Writer Was the Heart and Soul of Texas Monthly
Friends and former colleagues share their memories of the legendary writer, editor, and mentor.
When a family doctor spoke out about insurance companies ruining his practice, few expected his appeal would still resonate 27 years later.
Fifteen years after the popular journalist’s death, we’re living in the world she saw coming—and struggling to follow her example of joyful opposition.
A conversation with Chris Cander, the author of ‘A Gracious Neighbor.’
Mimi Swartz reflects on her deep dive into Houston’s breast-implant boom and its larger-than-life profiteers.
Democrats are bracing for attacks on contraception, in vitro fertilization, and other reproductive and sexual rights.
No one had a deeper understanding of Texas power—its heroes and villains, its uses and abuses—than Paul.
The governor has long struggled with crisis management, in part because he always strives to avoid taking political risks.
Goodbye to one of Houston’s most colorful colorless characters.
An Austin Attorney’s Supreme Court Brief Has Eerie Similarities to Justice Alito’s Leaked Draft Overturning Roe
Jonathan Mitchell, who cooked up the Texas “vigilante” law that effectively made abortion illegal in the state, argues the quiet parts of the majority opinion out loud.
After a quarter century in statewide office, Texas’s most popular politician remains an enigma—even to the folks who keep electing him. But the truth about the governor is hiding in plain sight.
A grassroots campaign—and a multibillion-dollar corporate real estate acquisition—kept the bulldozers away.
The attorney who successfully argued Roe v. Wade died Sunday at age 76, leaving behind a powerful legacy for Texas women.
When a grown-up son visits for the holiday, a mom takes what she can get.
The Supreme Court Might Rule Against Texas’s Restrictive Abortion Law This Week, but the Measure’s Advocates Have Already Won
In the two months since the virtual ban took effect, the number of abortions in the state has plummeted.
The gay, Black social media influencer and Houston Ballet soloist is shaking up the world of classical ballet.
The Houston social media influencer is a gay Black man with a gift for the absurd and a passion for platform heels. He’s also a star dancer in one of the world’s most rigid, gendered, and segregated art forms.
Ann Richards, Farrah Fawcett, Beyoncé. An excerpt from TM’s new book, ‘Being Texan,’ explores a strain of toughness in the iconography of the state’s females.
Any Texas woman who thought her right to a safe, legal abortion would last forever sorely underestimated the opposition. For decades.
Sissy Farenthold, who died Sunday, believed persistence and anger could change Texas.
Attorney and former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan F. Mitchell is known for his ability to identify legal loopholes where no one else does.
Charles Butt’s Holdsworth Center offers leadership training—and much-needed respect—for superintendents, principals, and teachers at Texas public schools.
Almost five decades after spurning the city—and following several deep losses—a long-lost San Antonian revisits her hometown.
Before a Democratic walkout blocked the passage of an "election integrity" bill in the Texas Lege, members of the partnership had split over how to respond to the legislation.
Tony Buzbee, who is representing the plaintiffs, and Rusty Hardin, who is defending the Texans quarterback, are trying to navigate deftly in the #MeToo era.
Political insiders say the police chief’s move to Miami follows a turbulent year in which his hopes of being elected mayor began to look delusional.
The Houston-based energy economist is our blackout Cassandra. Will state officials finally heed his advice?
But when will the overseers of our so-called Electric “Reliability” Council learn?
Lone Star Democrats have almost nowhere to hang their hats in the most diverse administration in U.S. history.
As CEO of Occidental Petroleum, Vicki Hollub made the biggest deal the oil business had seen in years. Will it also go down as the biggest failure?
During a very tough year, no Texas CEO did more—for customers, students, and voters.
In the 2018 midterms, many lifelong Republican women voted Democratic. Will the urgent issues driving this election keep them there?
Vivian Stephens Helped Turn Romance Writing Into a Billion-Dollar Industry. Then She Got Pushed Out.
Now, as the Romance Writers of America reckons with its history of racism, will she finally get her due?
Time had a way of stopping at the iconic cafeteria chain. Not any longer.
Like a lot of Democratic primary voters, I am still in a black hole of indecision, with the clock running down.
What happens when a wealthy patron wears out his welcome?
For many years, taking on the senior Texas senator seemed like a fool's errand. But in 2020, Cornyn looks less than invincible.
Like many in Houston, I've fallen into a predictable pattern as I’ve adapted to the increasingly extreme weather here.
Those wistful end-of-summer photos on Instagram have us deeply envious.
Tony Buzbee knows how to win big in court. In the era of Trump, he might just win the Houston mayoral race.
On Monday, the Senate passed a proposal to add four more writing tests and tie school funding directly to third-grade test results.
It's that magical—and all too brief—time in the city, when the heady blooms seem to make everything a little bit better.
Eight different readability formulas showed the test's reading portions are at a higher level of difficulty than appropriate for the grades they’re assessing.
My father always pampered his pets. So when he fell ill and moved in with us, it was no surprise that his corgi came to rule our home. What I didn’t expect was for Trilby to care for me after Dad was gone.