June 2010


West Toward Home

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

The Permian Basin is a place of pump jacks, big sky, generous neighbors, stinging sandstorms, and lonesome highways. For former first lady Laura Bush, it was the scene of an idyllic childhood—and a tragic accident that changed her life forever.

Magic Kingdom

Jan 20, 2013 By keithcarter

A visual tour of my beautiful, mysterious, surreal corner of East Texas.

We’ll Always Have Austin

Jan 20, 2013 By Stephen Harrigan

In the late sixties, the Capital City was just as thrilling, drug-addled, pompous, and aimless as you’ve heard. Especially if you came from the provinces.


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Old Testament

Jan 20, 2013 By Megan Giller -- DUPE

I had never thought about my identity as both a Jew and a Texan until my grandparents told me their stories about growing up in South Dallas in the forties.

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Loving Leah

Jan 20, 2013 By estherperez

Thousands of children in Iraq have been diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Too few of them receive the surgery they so desperately need.


The Texanist

Jan 20, 2013 By David Courtney

A fond look back at Temple, a.k.a. Ratsville and/or Tanglefoot, that fair burg wherein your dedicated advice columnist learned the location of the thin line between right and wrong.


Roar of the Crowd
Queen of Hearts

May 31, 2010 By Texas Monthly

I am writing you these few lines to thank you and your staff for remembering my daughter on the fifteenth anniversary of her death [“Dreaming of Her,” April 2010]. It was a beautiful story that brought back a lot of memories for my wife, myself, and my family.

Where I’m Home

May 31, 2010 By Jake Silverstein

This is our second “Where I’m From” special issue, in which the entire magazine, front to back, is given over to stories about growing up in Texas. Last time, most of the essays were by staff writers. This time we turned to some of our favorite authors, folks like…