July 2015


The Talented Mr. Khater

Jun 16, 2015 By Francesca Mari

In 2011 Callie Quinn moved from Austin to Chile to experience a new way of life. Then she met a charming fellow foreigner—and almost lost everything.  


The Texanist

Jun 11, 2015 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on washed-up beaches, chicken-fried whoppers, the etymology of “hindcatcher,” and tryin’ to love an Elantra-drivin’ man.

Country Notes
Gone Loco

Jun 12, 2015 By Sterry Butcher

This year’s heavy rains have brought countless blessings to West Texas—and one very nasty weed.

Behind the Curtain

Jun 12, 2015 By Loren Steffy

For years, Kyle Lagow told his bosses at Countrywide Financial that the company was wreaking havoc on the housing market. But no one listened—until the entire economy came crashing down.



“Odor! Odor in the Court!”

Jun 11, 2015 By Rich Malley

District judge Carter Tinsley Schildknecht, of Dawson County, was reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for, among other offenses, holding a fifteen-hour court session that ran until four in the morning, during which she allowed no formal meal or bathroom breaks.  …

The Class of 2015

Jun 11, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

Illustrations by Nicki Longoria. Click to enlarge. Elsewhere in this month’s issue, our political team considers which state legislators have earned our respect and which ones remind us why the stately granite building at Twelfth Street and Congress Avenue has long been the butt of countless…