Nicholas Lemann

Former executive editor Nicholas Lemann wrote for Texas Monthly from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. His other employers have included Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1999. Lemann teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism, where he served as dean from 2003 to 2013. He also leads the publishing imprint Columbia Global Reports. He has written five books, including The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction in 1992.

28 Articles

March 1, 1984

Big Oil Paranoia

Robert Sherrill’s Oil Follies of 1979-1980 leaves no detail unremarked in its effort to pin the blame on Big Oil; in Ronnie Dugger’s On Reagan the author is as unbending an ideologue as his subject is.

August 31, 1982

The New Dominion

Things are looking good for the Sunbelt, says political prognosticator Kevin P. Phillips. Unfortunately, things are looking bad for America.

Style & Design|
April 1, 1982

The Architects

Welcome to Houston, the cutting edge of architecture. The local boys are turning a gentlemen’s profession into a business, the stylish out-of-towners are creating a new aesthetic, and neither group is filled with admiration for the other.

Being Texan|
September 1, 1981

Gone to Texas

Thousands of people from the North, broke and out of work, are streaming into the state. This is the true story of two of them who abandoned Detroit for Houston, learned about cockroaches, tacos, and freeways, and finally discovered happiness in broken air conditioners.

September 30, 1979

The Right Wings

In his new book Tom Wolfe poses this question: were the Mercury astronauts men or monkeys? Thomas Thompson changes his journalistic setting from Houston to the far East to produce a book about an astonishing criminal.

April 1, 1979

Super Medicine

At the Texas Medical Center the best hospitals, doctors, researchers, and medical technology anywhere in the world have combined to transform doctors from healers into superstars.

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