January 2011


Litter Did We Know

Jan 20, 2013 By Katharyn Rodemann

A tidy look back at 25 years of “Don’t Mess With Texas”— the most successful anti-littering campaign in world history.

Innocence Found

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Anthony Graves had been behind bars for eighteen years when the prosecutors in his case abruptly dropped all charges and set him free. How did it happen? What happens next?

The 2011 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

It was a year of appalling analogies, bare-naked Badu, collapsing Cowboys, dim-witted Daughters of the Republic of Texas, egregious Ethics Commission, felonious fishermen (not to mention frisky firefighters), G-rated (not) guards, hilarious headlines, imperial incumbents, jackass judges (as always!), klutzy kat rescuers, legendarily lame and losing Longhorns, mind-boggling menus, noncompliant Nugent, outré overtimers, pajama-clad politicians, queso quarrels, rude representatives, scuffling strippers, toilet paper–free Texas A&M, unacceptable uniformed urination, vent-escaping vipers, woefully wrongheaded wide receivers, X-asperated Xanax-heads, yuk-yuk yeggs, and zealous Z-cups.


Bob “Bleed” Merkt, Vintage-Car Builder

Jan 1, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Merkt, who grew up in Wisconsin, has been designing and building hot rods for more than twenty years. He moved to South Austin in 2007 and is currently a partner and main fabricator at Austin Speed Shop. When I was six or seven, my uncle gave me his collection of…

Artist Interview
Bun B

Jan 20, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

On his new album, Trill O.G.; his late partner, Pimp C; and more.


Web Exclusive
Rose to the Occasion

Jan 1, 2011 By Gary Cartwright

For longtime TCU fans, the Rose Bowl was a reminder of being snubbed in the school’s heyday. With the victory over Wisconsin, the Horned Frogs have shaken off the ghosts of the past—and taken their rightful place on the national stage.

The Drop Everything List

Jan 1, 2011 By Michael Hoinski

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the opera in Houston and Friday night lights in Odessa to surfing along the coast and hiking in the mountains. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely…


Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Jan 1, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Table Talk I am not a Texan. Nor a Republican. Nor even a Baptist. And when I saw the cover on immigration, I thought, “Uh-oh, here we go.” Then I saw “The Immigration Dinner Party” and read the profiles of the guests [November 2010]. I figured at least…

Editor's Letter
Steer Pressure

Jan 1, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

A wise man once said, “Beware of football Bum Steers.” Baseball is fine, and so is basketball, since both of those seasons will have wrapped up by the time the January issue goes to press. But football is a different story. Just when you think a player or a coach…


Rick Bass
Stuck Truck

Jan 1, 2011 By Rick Bass

The mud was deep and wet and cold and there was nothing to do but dig. And dig. And dig.