August 1988 Issue

fire ants from hell
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They Sting. They Kill. They Destroy. They Mate in Midair. Nothing Can Stop . . . the Ants From Hell

Fire ants are on a relentless march across Texas, maiming, devouring, and stinging the living daylights out of everything in their path. We’ve tried to stop them, and it has only made them stronger.


The Big Squeezy

Get hip to zydeco, the born-on-the-bayou sound with the accordion accent. Ready for it red hot? Check out a Saturday-night church dance in Houston.


Long Live the Kink

Kinky Friedman dropped out for a while, but it sure beat dropping dead. Now the warped warbler is back with a play, a movie deal, and murder mystery number three.



Texas Monthly Reporter

The case of the purloined painting; how to tell the Surf Club from the Yacht Club; cream of the ice-cream crop; people who live in pink houses.


State Secrets

State Secrets

Looking for gas in all the wrong places; a casualty report from the Texas drought; an early look at redistricting.

Roar of the Crowd

Roar of the Crowd

Lonesome Dove on film; Lance Lalor on tape, an optimist on Mexico; West Texas State alumni on mediocrity.

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