August 2006


Free for All

Jul 31, 2006 By Suzy Banks

Eighty-five incredibly fun things, from movies to museums, that won’t cost you a red cent.

Light in the Darkness

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

The title of James Evans’s new series of Big Bend photographs is “The Camera Never Sleeps.” It doesn’t matter, apparently, that the photographer does.

American Idol

Jan 21, 2013 By William Martin

Although many people haven’t heard of him, Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the most famous—and richest— preachers in the country. Whence cometh this man?

Oral History
96 Minutes

Aug 2, 2016 By Pamela Colloff

At 11:48 a.m. on August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman began firing his rifle from the top of the University of Texas Tower at anyone and everyone in his sights. At 1:24 p.m., he was gunned down himself. The lives of the people who witnessed the sniper’s spree firsthand would never be the same again.


Music Review
Sound Team

Jul 31, 2006 By Jeff McCord

SOUND TEAM initially gained notoriety with their DIY work ethic: They gigged constantly, hawked cassettes, built their own studio. Like many young bands, their early music lunged from one direction to another, finally coalescing in their recently released major-label debut, MOVIE MONSTER (Capitol). The irony of a fiercely independent Austin…

Music Review
Legends of Country Music: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Jul 31, 2006 By Jeff McCord

Texas without BOB WILLS? If you can even conceive of such a thing, you need to spend some serious time with the four-CD LEGENDS OF COUNTRY MUSIC: BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS (Columbia Legacy). Crowing his trademark “a-haaaa!” over this weird, ofttimes hokey music, Wills—bandleader, master fiddler, drunk, innovator,…

Book Review

Jul 31, 2006 By Mike Shea

JEFF ABBOTT’s star has been slowly but steadily on the rise. A string of paperback-only mysteries earned the Austin writer a bump up to the hardcover big leagues. His second hardback, FEAR, is a pharmaco-thriller about a clandestine medical clinic (cue diabolical laughter) experimenting with Frost, a drug that smoothes…

Book Review
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

Jul 31, 2006 By Mike Shea

One might suspect that gremlins erased all the peaceful democracies from BEN FOUNTAIN’s office globe, so fascinated is the Dallasite with the world’s trouble spots in BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH CHE GUEVARA, a collection of eight finely crafted short stories. Touching only quickly on the revolutions and coups of his settings…

Book Review
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Jul 31, 2006 By Mike Shea

THE LOOMING TOWER: AL-QAEDA AND THE ROAD TO 9/11 might be the bracing splash of ice water that alerts the Great Satan America to how little it knows about the radical Islamic culture that spawned its bête noire, Osama bin Laden (the seventeenth of 25 sons and one of 54…

Artist Interview
George Jones

Jul 31, 2006 By Jeff McCord

You’re about to be 75. Anything you’d do over? I never dreamed I would have the life that I’ve had. I’m in the Country Music Hall of Fame. I have loyal fans. It tears me up when people tell me they went to see me and I didn’t show. I…

Author Interview
Allen Wier

Jul 31, 2006 By Mike Shea

What about this era appealed to your novelist instincts? During the war, so many men left Texas to fight in the East that the Comanches moved the western frontier eastward by one hundred to two hundred miles. In June of 1875 Quanah Parker and his tribe were the last Comanches…

Joe Allbaugh

Jul 31, 2006 By Evan Smith

“They take a shot at the presidency indirectly through me, which is fine . . . It just angers me that our professional journalists have accepted lower standards. I feel like Sergeant Friday: ‘Just the facts, ma’am.’”


Editor's Letter
Change, Pardners

Jul 31, 2006 By Evan Smith

Two related points about the state of the increasingly crazy business we’re in. First, like delicate species in the ecosystem, magazines can’t survive if they don’t adapt. Second, rumors of print journalism’s death have been greatly exaggerated, but as with so many overstatements, there’s an embedded grain of truth, and…

Roar of the Crowd
Water Log

Jul 31, 2006 By Texas Monthly

I’M SURE GLAD YOU decided to exclude Belton Lake from your “Water, Water Everywhere” story [June 2006]. Maybe it will stay one of the most gorgeous, least crowded, clearest, and most enjoyable lakes in the state. GEORGE DUTTON Arlington HOW COULD YOU LEAVE OFF the state’s…

Around the State
Around the State

Jul 31, 2006 By Texas Monthly

Jordan’s Pick Shakespeare Festivals HOUSTON, ODESSA, WINEDALE WHAT IS IT ABOUT this time of the year That breeds such great love for thee, O Shakespeare? ’Tis said the sun’s heat doth render one giddy Is it more likely your verses so witty?…


Texas Tidbits

Jul 31, 2006 By Ryan Vogt

The element most conspicuously absent from our tour of the University of Texas Tower was any mention of sniper Charles Whitman.

Happy Trails

Jul 31, 2006 By Ryan Vogt

For most of my life as a provincial San Antonian, I had often heard about this wondrous place in Austin called Barton Springs.


Jul 31, 2006 By Patricia Sharpe

IN MY 31 YEARS AS A RESTAURANT REVIEWER, I’ve never seen this before: The wives of two of the most famous chefs in Dallas have gotten together and opened their own restaurant. No, they’re not cooking, but they are definitely running the show, and, as might be expected given the…

The Deadly Tower

Jul 31, 2006 By Ryan Vogt

Senior editor Pamela Colloff talks about tracking down eyewitnesses and listening to their accounts of Charles Whitman’s shooting spree from atop the University of Texas Tower.

Jalapeño Poppers

Jul 31, 2006 By Texas Monthly

1 pound chicken breasts, poached 1 cup coconut milk, reduced 25 whole jalapeños, pickled and cleaned 1/4 cup coconut, flaked 3 tablespoons ginger, minced 3 tablespoons garlic, minced 1/4 cup scallion, sliced 3 tablespoons lemongrass, minced 3 tablespoons lime juice 2…

Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Jul 31, 2006 By Juliana Torres

Packed with information on the history and culture of Houston, The Star of Texas Cookbook reads like an encyclopedia of cuisine from the Bayou City and the surrounding areas. The ladies from the Junior League of Houston really know their stuff—food included. The book begins with a helpful guide on…


Karen Olsson
The Old College Try

Jul 31, 2006 By Karen Olsson

The mayor of El Cenizo is 23, is still in school, and lives with his mother. But he’s serious about making life better in his impoverished border hometown.

Michael Ennis
My Father’s War

Jul 31, 2006 By Michael Ennis

What I learned about Iraq from World War II—and what all the president’s men could learn.