August 2007



Jul 31, 2007 By Mimi Swartz

True-life tales from the files of one of Houston’s top divorce lawyers.

The Next Frontier

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

How has the state’s most storied ranch managed to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century? By operating in a way that its founder, Captain Richard King, would scarcely recognize.

Faces of Forgiveness

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

An East Texas prison ministry is trying to heal crime victims and rehabilitate criminals by getting them to talk.

The Woman On Top

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

So what if Sandra Brown’s novels have wildly implausible plot twists, banal endings, over-the- top characters, and other literary no-no’s. She’s published nearly 70 of them since 1981, and 55 have gone on to be best-sellers. We’re sure the sex scenes have nothing to do with it.


Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Jul 31, 2007 By Emily McCullar

Author Denise Gee comes from a long line of Southerners who like to imbibe. Growing up in Natchez, Mississippi, she observed her fair share of Southern belles and seersuckered gentlemen with drink in hand. Eventually, cocktail hour became a distinctly personal and cultural experience for Gee, who set out…

Snapper Carpaccio

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Snapper Carpaccio With Grapefruit Agra Dolce and Garlic Bruschetta Grapefruit Marinade 2 Ruby Red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons salt 1 Thai chili, minced (you may also use red Serrano chili or chili pequín) Carefully combine all ingredients together…

Pat's Pick

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Where are we, Miami? The Bahamas? The shimmering blues and aquatic greens say “seaside.” So do the shell light fixtures and the wavy-textured back wall, which reminds me of a David Hockney swimming pool. All that’s needed are a few coconut palms to complete the Caribbean vibe. What’s driving…


Book Review
What Gives

Jul 31, 2007 By Mike Shea

“i think/i am going to die tonight./and some-thing inside me/looks forward to it./and something inside me/is twisting my intestines around,/trying to make letters out of them,/trying to spell the word/NO.” When sixteen-year-old Chelsea Marie wrote those chilling words a little over a year ago, she had also composed a…

Author Interview
Michael Erard

Jul 31, 2007 By Mike Shea

The Austin journalist and linguistics expert ponders the nature of speech imperfections and what verbal gaffes reveal, or don’t, in Um…Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. What qualifies as a “verbal blunder”? It can be a slip of the tongue or any moment where something we’ve…

Author Interview

Jul 31, 2007 By Mike Shea

In a case of coincidental plot devices, two of Texas’s favorite fictional gumshoes recently swore off the detecting business because of an unfortunate tendency to call down death on their nearest and dearest. But quitting the private-eye racket is easier said than done, and the summer reading pile finds both…

Artist Interview
James Cotton

Jul 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

The blues harmonica giant, who is now 72, reunited with his former boss Muddy Waters in 1977 for the Grammy-winning Hard Again, which was spearheaded and produced by Beaumont’s Johnny Winter. After the success of the album, the three went on the road, but until the tapes that make up…

How to Brand the Herd

Jul 31, 2007 By Andrea Valdez

The Rationale Why make a lasting impression on your cattle? To fend off cattle rustlers, whose pilfering of literal cash cows is hardly a defunct business (ranchers in the Southwest lost $6.2 million in livestock in 2005). “Think of branding as a license plate on your car, a means of…

Music Review
Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970

Jul 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the fabled Summer of Love, and the four-CD Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965—1970 (Rhino) commemorates the occasion with a thrilling showcase of the Bay Area sounds that defined a generation. These sounds weren’t just Californian, however. “Everybody…

Music Review
Twilight on Sometimes Island

Jul 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

The members of Austin’s Li’l Cap’n Travis are an unlikely bunch: With multiple writers and singers in place of a front man and a bevy of backing musicians, this is a real band—and they’ve been that way from the beginning. They aren’t conventional (no hitting the road in a…

Music Review
New Moon

Jul 31, 2007 By Jeff McCord

Before “Miss Misery” took the Duncanville-raised singer Elliott Smith from indie cult to mainstream pop status, Smith fronted a band called Heatmiser, one of a hundred acts looking to be the next Nirvana. With his fragile voice and persona, Smith made an even more unlikely grunge rocker than Kurt…

Sterry Butcher, Small-Town Newspaper Reporter

Jul 31, 2007 By Texas Monthly

Butcher, born in San Marcos and raised in Fort Worth, has spent most of the past fourteen years as a reporter at the Big Bend Sentinel, a weekly newspaper in Marfa with a readership of three thousand. I moved to Marfa from Austin in 1993. At the time, Marfa…

Jody Conradt

Jan 20, 2013 By Evan Smith

“Kids used to be so excited just to have an opportunity to play. Now I see more of a mentality of entitlement: ‘I’m a tremendous athlete, so you owe me this.”


Michael Ennis

Jul 31, 2007 By Michael Ennis

Where the great silent majority is taking politics, here and elsewhere.


Editor's Letter
King for a Day

Jul 31, 2007 By Evan Smith

This month’s cover story is one for the history books—in two ways. First, because executive editor Sam Gwynne’s report on the myth, majesty, and future of the King Ranch (“The Next Frontier,”) is as sweeping as the ranch itself, and second, because it’s a report from the inside.

Roar of the Crowd
Coast Guardians

Jul 31, 2007 By Texas Monthly

I was thrilled to see Lucinda Wierenga and the “Amazin’ Walter” McDonald’s sand castle on the cover. I’m glad to see that Texas Monthly is still looking for and honoring our more interesting citizens. We are what make Texas so great. S. TUCKER Alvin I recently returned…