February 2012


Of Meat and Men

Jan 21, 2013 By Katy Vine

John Mueller was the heir to one of the great Texas barbecue dynasties. Aaron Franklin was an unknown kid from College Station who worked his counter. John had it all and then threw it all away. Aaron came out of nowhere to create the state’s most coveted brisket. Then John rose from the ashes.

Sex, Lies, and Hit Men!

Jan 21, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Yvonne Stern knows that her husband, the wealthy Houston attorney Jeffrey Stern, had a steamy affair with a woman named Michelle Gaiser. And she knows full well that two years ago Gaiser hired a series of men to kill her. But she refuses to believe that Jeffrey was in on the plan.

The Paper Chase

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Hall

Houston attorney Bill Kroger and state Supreme Court chief justice Wallace Jefferson are on a mission to rescue thousands of crumbling, fading, and fascinating legal documents from district and county clerks’ offices all over the state. Can they save Texas history before it’s too late?



Feb 1, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

RESPLENDENT WITH crystal globes, Philippe Starck–designed transparent “ghost chairs,” and a smart black, white, and gray color scheme, Feast burst onto the scene in San Antonio’s vaguely bohemian Southtown neighborhood five months ago like a New York runway model crashing the ladies’ bridge club. Owner and principal designer Andrew Goodman…

Sweet Symphony

Feb 1, 2012 By Michael Hoinski

How two rare Stradivarius violins at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra brought Michael Shih and Swang Lin, who both grew up in Taiwan, together.

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Galveston Makes Lemonade

Feb 1, 2012 By Sonia Smith

After the island lost more than 35,000 trees to Hurricane Ike, a group of artists carved 35 stumps into beautiful and intricate sculptures.

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A Q&A With Skip Hollandsworth

Jan 21, 2013 By Ariel Min

The executive editor on Jeffrey and Yvonne Stern and their murder-for-hire story, hit men, and the standard male midlife crisis.


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Feb 1, 2012 By Jake Silverstein

For all the stories that we publish in TEXAS MONTHLY, there are always more that we don’t publish, usually because we run out of space and time. In a state that spans 261,232 square miles and contains 25,145,561 people, it’s a safe bet that the things we could…


Feb 1, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Wyatt McSpadden, John Phillip Santos, and Skip 

Cover Credit
Cover Credit

Feb 1, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Photograph by Dan Winters. Food styling by Paige Fletcher. Styling by Lauren Smith Ford.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Feb 1, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Breakfast Options While “Up and Eat ’Em” included many excellent places, any list that doesn’t mention Norma’s Cafe and the Mecca, in Dallas; the Elite, in Waco; or Ol’ South Pancakes, in Cowtown, is seriously flawed [December 2011]. 
Bill Robinette
Dallas You missed the best:…


The Swan Song of Ron

Feb 1, 2012 By Nate Blakeslee

This year’s Republican primary will most likely be Ron Paul’s final run for office. And to the surprise of a political establishment that long ago wrote him off, he’s going out on a high note.

Letter From Ingleside on the Bay
His Town

Feb 1, 2012 By Jason Sheeler

In 2004, after Marty Rathbun left the Church of Scientology and settled on the Texas Gulf Coast, he thought he had put his difficult past behind him. Then the Squirrel Busters showed up.


Artist Interview
Ben Kweller

Feb 1, 2012 By Texas Monthly

The musician and former front man for Radish on moving to Austin, pretending to be a label mogul, and getting his electric guitars out again.

Music Review

Feb 1, 2012 By Jeff McCord

A new album by Heartless Bastards.

How to Cut for Sign

Feb 1, 2012 By Andrea Valdez

After a harrowing skirmish with the Comanche in 1860, Charles Goodnight cut for sign to track down warriors who had escaped. That practice, in which a person searches for people or animals by “cutting,” or studying a section of land for clues, may seem like a lost art of the…

Melanie Steele, Wig Master

Feb 1, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Steele, a Colorado native, moved eleven years ago to Austin, where she is now the wig master for the Austin Lyric Opera. She has toured the U.S. and Mexico with the Broadway production of The Lion King and served on the beauty crew of the world premiere of Elton John’s…