In 2004 San Antonio euthanized some 49,000 cats and dogs—more per capita than any other major city in the United States—using an outdated, sometimes painful method that has been criticized for years. The expression “not fit for a dog” resonates.
“My hope has always been, for all my flaws and weaknesses, that people will say this: ‘He wanted to be a reporter and he is.’ I think they know that I love this country.” And other reflections on retirement from the broadcast-news icon turned right-wing punching bag.
It turns out that the toxin that’s changed a million faces has a social conscience after all. The wonders of Botox, a concentrated form of botulinum toxin, have been touted ad nauseam: By paralyzing facial muscles, it was smoothing out Hollywood’s wrinkles long before the FDA approved it, in 2002.
Whether burned, shot, or blown up, the brave soldiers who leave Iraq on a stretcher and start to rebuild their lives at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, have a lot of fight left in them.
When your memoir begins, “I was not even born yet when my father first tried to kill me,” you had better be prepared to deliver the goods, and indeed, BILLY JOE SHAVER recounts enough tales of hell-raising, songwriting, tragedy, and near-brushes with stardom to fill several lifetimes in HONKY TONK
Chances are good that TEN LITTLE NEW YORKERS (Simon & Schuster) is the last print appearance of KINKY FRIEDMAN’s fictional alter ego (see “Killing Me Softly,”). Which perhaps explains why the Kinksters, scribe and sleuth both, appear uncommonly morose in writing and partaking of their usual ration of Cuban
Austin native ANN ROWE SEAMAN has turned a wealth of research into a morbidly fascinating biography of the world’s most famous atheist in AMERICA’S MOST HATED WOMAN: THE LIFE AND GRUESOME DEATH OF MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR (Continuum). Seaman convincingly portrays the late O’Hair as part celebrity-craving nutcase and part tireless
The conceit of the LOS SUPER SEVEN projects—which joined members of Los Lobos with the likes of Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, and Rick Treviño—was an all-inclusive vision of Latin music that included in its lineup Anglos Joe Ely and Doug Sahm. Ethnic music has been homogenized longer than milk has,
EISLEY, a group of four siblings (and a neighbor) who began performing seven years ago in their parents’ Tyler coffee shop, might seem the most improbable of success stories. The youngest DuPree sister was just eight when she and her sisters, shunning cable and video games, sat in their room
So what do you make of a rock album that begins with “Ode to Isis,” an orchestral slow build that chants the names of mythological gods? Or the lecture-prone title track, the 5⁄4 meters, or even the pictures of Bach and Shakespeare inside? Are Austin’s . . . AND YOU
I still remember the moment I discovered that a world existed outside Brownsville. I’ve been trying to explore it ever since.
How I learned to stop worrying and love “blood sport”—or at least understand its appeal.
Why old media hacks like me matter.
These are a few of our favorite drinksThey Know Beans Quick, what’s the difference between the Starbucks outlets in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio? Answer: nothing. And that’s the trouble. Reassuring as it is to have a corporate caffeine ﬁx on every block, there are times when you just
Recipe from Bistro Moderne, Houston.
The long identity crisis is over. The dining room that started out as Ling & Javier and then morphed into Maverick has finally come into its own as Bistro Moderne. And if early visits are any indication, this smartly turned out black-and-cream spot is here to stay. The menu,
Count your lucky charms. When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the end of the rainbow lies in Shamrock, Texas.
Senior editor Gary Cartwright, who wrote this month’s cover story, talks about getting access to retiring CBS News anchorman Dan Rather and the changing face of journalism.
The struggle for independence, the pioneering spirit—it seems that the Irish were made for Texas. In fact, in many ways Texas was made by the Irish.
Photographer Roberto Guerra on life at the pound.
Beads, balls, and bands—Mardi Gras Galveston is reveling the Texas way.
A review of Cooking With the Original Search Engine.
Senior editor Michael Hall on talking to wounded soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center’s burn unit.
“It’s one of those stories that would always come up when I talked to people about growing up in Brownsville,” says writer-at-large Oscar Casares about discovering the world—and the wonders of pizza—as a ten-year-old. “I have told it often when trying to convey how remote and isolated I felt there.”
Associate editor Katy Vine on writer Grover Lewis and interviewing some of the biggest names in the magazine business.
“When [founder and publisher] Mike Levy first came to me with the idea of creating a Texas magazine,” reminisces senior editor Gary Cartwright, “I thought it was the dumbest thing I’d ever heard.” Cartwright must have changed his mind, because thirty-three years later, he’s still writing for TEXAS MONTHLY. Two
“San Antonio has a number of social conditions that merit attention,” says photographer Roberto Guerra, “and the problem of stray animals is an important one.” So he decided to document his hometown’s run-down animal shelter (“Inhumane Society,”). “I wanted to show the facility itself, of course—the building is from
Around the State
March—People, Places, Events, Attractions03.2005Dennis Quaid returns to Texas, finds true love in Austin, and experiences a career comeback. Coincidence? We think not. The state’s influence on the silver screen is only too evident this month in the Capital City, which hosts the TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS on March