July 2012


Editor's Letter
The Truth About Texas: Water = Life

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

As last year’s historic drought reminded us, Texas has always lived life by the drop, just a few dry years away from a serious crisis. With our population expected to nearly double over the next fifty years, this situation is about to become more, not less, challenging. This month we look at the past, present, and future of water and drought in Texas and explore the solutions that give us hope.

The Writing on the Wall

Jan 21, 2013 By Roger D. Hodge

The Lower Pecos River rock paintings were created four thousand years ago by a long-forgotten people. But their apparent message may be as useful today as it was then: Follow the water.

Oral History
When the Sky Ran Dry

Jan 21, 2013 By John Burnett

Bad as the current drought is, it has yet to match the most arid spell in Texas history. Nearly two dozen survivors of the fifties drought remember the time it never rained.

From the Archives: Photo Essay
Between Hell and Texas

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

Over the past year, state photographer Wyman Meinzer has roamed the Big Empty, documenting the drought’s toll. Will he ever take another pretty picture?

Drawing Straws

Jan 21, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

The future is likely going to require us to move large amounts of water from wet but sparsely populated places (a.k.a. East Texas) to thirsty, booming cities. Good thing there’s a plan for that. There is a plan, right?

Industrial Evolution

Jan 21, 2013 By Kate Galbraith

As much as anything, the Texas economic miracle depends on water. Lots of water. So what are all those power plants, refineries, and factories going to do as the state gets drier and drier and drier?


Neal Newsom, Vineyard Owner

Jun 30, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Newsom, who grew up in Yoakum County, took a chance when he decided to grow grapes on the High Plains. Today his vineyard is one of the largest in Texas, serving more than a dozen of the state’s top wineries. My family has been in cotton farming for more than…

State of the Art
Guernica Tapestry, San Antonio

Jun 30, 2012 By Michael Hoinski

The most famous of three tapestry versions of Guernica, Pablo Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece, has found a new home at the San Antonio Museum of Art after being displayed for nearly 25 years at the United Nations headquarters in New York. There, in 2003, officials controversially covered it with a blue curtain during Secretary…


Editor's Letter
Dry, the Beloved Country

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

The first serious coverage of water in TEXAS MONTHLY came just a couple months shy of our two-year anniversary, in a story by Greg Curtis entitled “Disaster, Part I. Lubbock is running out of water.” (A companion piece, “Disaster, Part II,” argued that Houston was sinking…


Web Exclusive
For the Toadies, a Fresh Start

Jun 30, 2012 By Andy Langer

Success has never come easy for the Toadies, but the Fort Worth–based rock band is back with its fifth studio album, Play. Rock. Music.

Pat's Pick

Jun 30, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT Oak Cliff couldn’t possibly shoehorn another modish 
restaurant into its gentrifying streets, along comes Driftwood and gives that notion a kick in the head. Silly me, I imagined that Lucia, Bolsa, Mesa Veracruz, Campo, Oddfellows, 
and Chicken Scratch—to name 
only the more recent ones—might signal impending…


Right to Strife

Jun 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

In Republican-dominated Texas, the May 29 primary might as well have been the general election. And what it revealed is a party perfectly capable of doing battle with itself, no Democrats required.

Meat, My Maker

Jun 30, 2012 By Sarah Bird

When Dallas’s very own Marvin Lee Aday—that’s Meat Loaf to you—optioned one of my screenplays, he didn’t just offer me a glimpse of paradise by the dashboard lights. He also helped me write a novel.

Letter from Palm Beach
Goodman Gone Bad

Jun 30, 2012 By ericokeefe

Flamboyant Houston millionaire John Goodman’s trial for vehicular manslaughter was a circus. Somewhere in the middle of it, the guy I used to know was thinking . . . what exactly?