May 2012

Features

Film
Lights, Camera, Carthage!

Jan 21, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Nearly fifteen years after Richard Linklater and I started talking about turning a TEXAS MONTHLY story into a major motion picture, it’s finally hitting the big screen, with a little help from Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine—and a seventy-year-old retired hairdresser from Rusk named Kay Baby Epperson.

Downward Dog

Jan 21, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

Over the past fifteen years, John Friend turned his Woodlands–based Anusara style of yoga into an internationally popular brand. Then, in the space of a few weeks, it became hopelessly twisted amid a wild series of accusations of sexual and financial improprieties.

Feature
Ben Fountain Undoes Dallas

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

The acclaimed 
author is publishing his first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. And some of his neighbors may not be happy.

Books
The One-Question 
Interview With 
Steve Coll

Jan 21, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

The author of Private Empire: ExxonMobile and American Power answers the question: In terms of difficulty, how would you compare reporting on Exxon with the reporting you did for your previous book, The Bin Ladens?

Truth or Consequences

Jan 21, 2013 By Joe Hagan

In 2004 Dan Rather tarnished his career forever with a much-criticized report on George W. Bush’s National Guard service. Eight years later, the story behind the story can finally be told: what CBS’s top-ranking newsman did, what the president of the United States didn’t do, and how some feuding Texas pols got the whole ball rolling.

Feature
The Writes of Spring

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Robert Caro on LBJ. Marcus Luttrell on war. Douglas Brinkley on Walter Cronkite. James Donovan on the Alamo. Steve Coll on ExxonMobil. Ben Fountain on a surreal Dallas Cowboys halftime show. Dan Rather and Sissy Spacek on themselves. For some reason, May has turned out to be a month like no other for Texas-related books. Here’s our handy guide.

Reporter

Street Smarts
Grapevine

Apr 30, 2012 By Jordan Breal

1. 
Grapevine Vintage Railroad Nestled among the shops and restaurants along Main Street are several landmarks, including an eight-by-ten-foot 1909 calaboose and the 1888 Cotton Belt Depot, which houses the Grapevine Historical Museum. From there you can board Victorian-style passenger cars pulled by a 1953 diesel named Vinny for a…

State of the Art
Tejano Monument, Austin

Apr 30, 2012 By John Spong

The figures in the Tejano Monument, a 275-ton granite-and-bronze statue unveiled on the Capitol grounds in late March, depict the forging of modern Texas. A Spanish explorer gazes over a new world, his clothing and sword placing him in the early 1500’s, when Alonso Álvarez de Pineda became the first…

Bill Collings, Luthier

Apr 30, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Collings makes some of the best acoustic guitars in the world and counts Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, and Joni Mitchell among his customers. His company, located outside Austin on U.S. 290, is famed not only for the high quality of its instruments but also for its refusal to…

Book Review
Exxposé

Jan 21, 2013 By Bryan Burrough

What lies beneath the hood of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company?

Miscellany

Editor's Letter
Primal Screen

Apr 30, 2012 By Jake Silverstein

Here is a partial list of the nice people Skip Hollandsworth has written about since he joined the magazine as a staff writer in 1989: Charles Albright, a serial killer in Dallas who removed his victims’ eyes; Marie Robards, a Fort Worth teenager who killed her father by…

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Apr 30, 2012 By Texas Monthly

“I commend Paul Burka for bravely identifying who is ultimately responsible for the sorry state of Texas public school financing: the Texas electorate.”

Web

Web Exclusive
Like Father, Like Son

Apr 30, 2012 By Andy Langer

Andy Langer talks with Willie Nelson and his youngest son, Lukas, about "The Family," Willie's new album (Heroes), and passing the torch.

Web Exclusive
A Q&A With Skip Hollandsworth

Apr 30, 2012 By karinamunguia

The executive editor on what it was like to work with Richard Linklater on Bernie, the star-studded film based on an East Texas murder story.

Web Exclusive
From Blogging to Book Deal

Apr 30, 2012 By Christopher Kelly

Houston Chronicle blogger Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) found herself at the center of a two-day auction among twelve publishing houses for the rights to her debut memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. How did she rise from unpaid blogger to New York Times bestseller?

Oxheart

Jan 21, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

FOOD GURU MICHAEL POLLAN would be a fan of Oxheart. Admittedly, I haven’t asked him, but his famous imperative—“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”—squares with the philosophy behind the highly anticipated vegetable-centric restaurant from husband-and-wife chefs Justin Yu and Karen Man. (In case you find yourself a…

Web Exclusive
Friedrichsburg Revisited

Jan 21, 2013 By Don Graham

The German novel, penned in 1867 and set in the just-settled Hill Country hamlet, gets a modern translation.

Web Exclusive
Like a Writer

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

Bizarre similes pour forth from debut novelist Jonathan Woods’s fingers like wine from a bottomless bottle that is also missing its cork.

Web Exclusive
The Ron Paul Effect

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

In the forthcoming Ron Paul’s rEVOLution, journalist Brian Doherty takes an up-close look at the libertarian Texas congressman.

Columns

Prudence Mackintosh
Dear Jane

Apr 30, 2012 By Prudence Mackintosh

My mother-in-law knew how to sew, keep an immaculate house, and dress stylishly. In short, she was nothing like the unpolished young woman who married her son. Perhaps that’s why we loved each other so much.

Behind the Lines
Buyer Beware

Apr 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

Dear Jim Crane, new owner of the Houston Astros: Please don’t screw things up as badly as the last guy did.

Academia
The Most Trusted Freshman in America

Jan 21, 2013 By Douglas Brinkley

Long before Walter Cronkite was the voice of the news, he was just a kid from Houston at the University of Texas, chasing girls, acting in school plays, and drinking cheap beer. Yet Douglas Brinkley, whose new biography of Cronkite will be released this month, argues that it was in Austin that the seeds of one of the greatest careers in American journalism were sown.