For the Eighty-second Legislature (our twentieth at the Capitol), everything old was new again: the state faced a budget deficit; the governor harbored presidential ambitions; the members of the Best list were hard to find; and the names on the Worst list picked themselves.
For more than seven decades, Camp Mystic has been one of the prettiest, happiest, and most exclusive destinations in Texas. But after a bitter, multimillion-dollar legal battle, the very thing that the owners cherished—family—may be the force that tears the camp apart for good.
In an excerpt from Sarah Bird's new novel The Gap Year, a single mom prepares to send her only daughter off to college. Guess which one is a wreck.
My hometown of Cleveland has become the most disgraced community in America because of a brutal, unspeakable crime that has set everyone against one another.
T. Boone Pickens’s office cabinet.
When Sam Graves and his 22-year-old bay gelding, Old Hub, beat ten other cowboys to win $150 in the first advertised cutting competition, in Haskell in 1898, he could not have imagined how the sport would evolve. Today the National Cutting Horse Association, which hosts the World Championship Futurity, in…
Macias has served as a patrolman with the San Antonio Police Department for the past seven years. He works the shift that runs from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. (known as the “dog watch”) and is based out of the Central Substation, which oversees downtown and its surrounding area. A…
Terrence Malick: Brilliant or pretentious? Discuss.
Babe Didrikson’s pioneering career as a woman golfer.
On producing a Buddy Holly tribute album and more.
A new box set from Mickey Newbury.
A new album by Jolie Holland.
Many things can be learned by butting heads with other chefs in a reality-TV cooking show. But the biggest lesson is this: If the judges ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. And what does that translate to in real life? Substitute “clients” for “judges” and you’ve got it. Which is why…
Robert Ellis's new album, Photographs, is influenced by both his folk and country roots.
Larry Swearingen has ten scientists and doctors who say he isn't a killer. He also has a new execution date.
Should the Astros join the Rangers in the American League West?
The executive editor on writing about Camp Mystic, legal battles, and lawyers.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Slacker, a couple of dozen filmmakers remake Richard Linklater's indie flick.
Spoiled Sports I have yet to open my May issue because every time I see that cover, it shocks me. America’s Team?! How can you call any team that has never won a championship “America’s Team”? Please keep in mind that the firing of Wade Phillips was a bigger news…
Courtney Bond, Sarah Bird, and Jan Jarboe Russell.
Composite photograph by Randal Ford. Styling by Lauren Smith Ford. Hair and makeup by Franchiska Bryant. Wardrobe courtesy of Allens Boots, Julian Gold, Neiman Marcus, and Sheplers.