August 2011


Cowgirl Up

Jul 31, 2011 By Barney Nelson

The word probably makes you think of rhinestone-studded jeans, floppy-brimmed hats, and Nashville queens, but “cowgirl” ought to stand for the tough pioneer women who built ranches and went on cattle drives and the hardy rural women who are out there today doing their fair share of the work, usually invisibly, to maintain a majestic way of live.

The Skirmish Will Be Followed by a Ladies’ Tea

Jan 21, 2013 By Katy Vine

The Civil War may be 150 years old, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still stir up a fuss (Confederate license plate, anyone?). Just ask one of the hundreds of very accurately uniformed reenactors who descend on Jefferson every year to die for the cause.

Whole Hog

Jan 21, 2013 By Philipp Meyer

Texas has a serious problem with feral hogs, which cause more than $400 million in damage every year. But it can be solved—one delicious bite at a time.


Editor's Letter
Cover Edge

Jul 31, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

One of the best—and the hardest—parts of being a magazine editor is deciding what goes on the cover every month. There is nothing else quite like that little rectangle of real estate. Book jackets and album covers are quiet­er, movie posters are less integral to the product, billboards are more…

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Jul 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Great Escape Your colorful, creative, high-profile cover story is especially valued now, when state parks, like all other aspects of state government, will soon face the reality of operating with fewer resources [“Into the Wild,” June 2011]. However, we do have one concern that amounts to a minor quibble…


Letter From Eagle Pass
Minor Emergency

Jul 31, 2011 By pjtobia

Drug gangs in Mexico are increasingly turning to American teenagers to smuggle their loads across the border. What can be done?

Dear Yankee

Jul 31, 2011 By Paul Burka

You didn’t ask, but here’s some free advice for you and the rest of the national press corps as you prepare to write about Rick Perry.

Michael Ennis
Arch of Triumph

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Ennis

Dallas’s almost-finished Calatrava bridge may be an emblem of the city’s status. But the smart urban plan for the small neighborhood it leads to says more about the city’s future.


Web Exclusive
The Rookie

Jul 31, 2011 By Joe Nick Patoski

Two and a half years ago, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum asked me to organize an exhibit about high school football. Did I mention I'm not a curator?

Brasserie 19

Jul 31, 2011 By Patricia Sharpe

When early reports on a restaurant sound like a train wreck, I tend to wait for the debris to be cleared. And Houston’s Brasserie 19—a project of two veteran restaurateurs, Charles Clark and Grant Cooper, of Ibiza and Catalan—had clearly jumped the tracks. In the first few weeks, the Brasserie’s…

Web Exclusive
Crossing State Lines

Jul 31, 2011 By Andy Langer

With a new album, a wildly popular single, and sold-out shows all over America, the Eli Young Band is one of the state's few homegrown acts to transcend the Texas Country Scene.

Web Exclusive
Wind Instruments

Jul 31, 2011 By Kate Galbraith

From the old-style models to the three-story turbines, windmills are a part of Texas history. The machine's evolution is on display in Lubbock at the world's largest windmill museum.

Web Exclusive
Successful Formula?

Jul 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Even in this year of massive budget cuts, Texas will likely spend $25 million to help bring a Formula One race to a newly constructed track in Austin’s backyard. Why?

 Wild Boar

Jul 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Serves 6 3 pounds wild boar shoulder salt and pepper to taste 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 onions, chopped 6 carrots, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 4 tablespoons garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped 1 small sprig rosemary, chopped…

Web Exclusive
A Q&A With Katy Vine

Jan 21, 2013 By Evan McMurry

The senior editor on attending a Civil War reenactment, preserving history, and standing inside the Globe of Death.

Web Exclusive
A Q&A With Michael Ennis

Jan 21, 2013 By Abby Johnston

The writer-at-large on the development of West Dallas, Big D’s need for an urban middle class, and what a standout twenty-first-century city looks like.


Book Review
Gunfire and Brimstone

Jul 31, 2011 By Don Graham

Fort Worth preacher J. Frank Norris paved the way for today’s televangelists. But he’s probably best known as the defendant in a wild 1927 murder trial.

How to Noodle

Jul 31, 2011 By Andrea Valdez

Catching a catfish with your bare hands has been a tradition passed down for generations, but it has only been legal in Texas since June 17. That’s when Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that officially permits noodling. “No one knows why it was illegal,” said Houston representative Gary Elkins,…

Cheryl Evans, Church Sign Writer

Jul 31, 2011 By Jason Sheeler

Evans, whose official job title is facilities manager, has lived in Amarillo for 55 years. For the past two decades she’s overseen the building and grounds of the Southwest Church of Christ, including its four-by-ten-foot sign. She changes the message every Monday. You can’t just put up there “You’re all…