October 2011



Sep 30, 2011 By Katy Vine

When Warren Jeffs fired his attorneys and decided to represent himself in his sexual assault trial, many predicted, accurately, that he would fail miserably. Few realized just what a wild show he would put on.

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Super Collider

Jan 21, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

Terry Grier is the hard-charging, reform-minded, optimistic superintendent of the largest school district in the state. He’s also the most divisive, embattled, and despised man in Houston. Did it have to be this way?

Straight From the Art

Jan 21, 2013 By Jordan Breal

From Fort Worth’s Kimbell to Houston’s Menil, Texas’s museums are home to some of the world's most important paintings and sculptures. To devise a list of our ten greatest works on view, we asked more than sixty curators, gallery owners, critics, and other insiders for their favorites.


Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Sep 30, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Our Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls What fun to find my great-great-aunt Ben in my favorite magazine [“Cowgirl Up,” August 2011]. That string of names listed for her was also a laugh. My grandmother Harbison always said her aunt had changed her name, as she did not like…

Cover Credit
Cover Credit

Sep 30, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Photograph by LeAnn Mueller. Hair by Terri Apanasewicz for Cloutier Remix. Makeup by Billy B. Styling by Tiffany Gifford.

Editor's Letter
City Girl

Sep 30, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

Some writers are journeymen, always on the road. Others work and rework the same ground, eventually becoming identified with the places they inhabit. In this second category you often find journalists and novelists who take their inspiration from huge and fascinating cities, urban ecosystems with enough tragedy, comedy,…


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Offering Fine Advice Since 2007

Sep 30, 2011 By David Courtney

How do I explain topless sunbathing in Austin to my children? Illustration by Jack Unruh Q: I was in Austin visiting my brother recently, and he took me and my kids, a nine-year-old girl and a ten-year-old boy, to Barton Springs Pool to go…

Letter From Decatur
Here’s the Drill

Sep 30, 2011 By saulelbein

As hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking) has unlocked untold reserves of natural gas, it has also unleashed a wave of concerns about pollution and, for one family in the Barnett Shale, a long nightmare.

Neighborhood Association

Sep 30, 2011 By Prudence Mackintosh

Why would anybody take a charming place like Highland Park, tear down the nice old homes, build new fortresses, gradually drain the neighborly spirit, and call that progress? Don’t ask me. I don’t get it either.


BC Tavern

Sep 30, 2011 By Patricia Sharpe

HOW PAINFUL MUST IT BE for a restaurant’s owners to admit that the place is kaput? That a once celebrated destination has come to the end of the road and needs to be—gasp—put down? But after cozy Austin restaurant Zoot departed the neighborhood where it had been for…

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Putting the Band Back Together

Sep 30, 2011 By Christopher Kelly

Thunder Soul, a documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band's return to the stage after 35 years, makes a powerful argument for the necessity of arts education. 

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Peter Gent, 1942-2011

Sep 30, 2011 By Texas Monthly

The author and former Cowboys wide receiver died in his hometown of Bangor, Michigan, on Friday at the age of 69. Our coverage of North Dallas Forty (both the novel and the movie) through the years.

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A Q&A With Mimi Swartz

Jan 21, 2013 By Stephanie Kuo

The executive editor on the controversial superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the politics involved in public education, and how parents need to be more vocal and vigilant.

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The Art Lover’s Companion

Jan 21, 2013 By Jordan Breal

More than sixty art insiders gave us their list of favorite works of art to see in Texas. So grab your notepad, sketchbook, or iPad and take the ultimate tour of must-see art in Texas.

Texas Treasures

Jan 21, 2013 By michaelrgrauer

My journey in early Texas art began while I was a student at Southern Methodist University, where I studied Frank Reaugh pastels and met Jerry Bywaters. After 24 years at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, curating exhibitions and traveling the state, I’ve come up with a list of greatest hits.

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A Q&A With Skip Hollandsworth

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The executive editor on Miranda Lambert hitting it big, her marriage to Blake Shelton, and one of the country star’s most unappreciated assets.


Mina Thornton, Ropa Usada Dealer

Sep 30, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Thornton opened Tres Hermanos Ropa Usada thirteen years ago in Hidalgo. As president of the 25-employee business, she buys ropa usada, or used clothing, from around the country and resells it in South Texas and throughout Mexico. People always ask, “Does this color look good on me?” I never ask.

Book Review
Sacred Mistrust

Sep 30, 2011 By Susan Wood

In Donna M. Johnson's memoir of a Pentecostal childhood, religious zeal and illicit love nearly tear a family apart.

Artist Interview
Kool & Together

Sep 30, 2011 By Jeff McCord

The seventies band of brothers from Victoria on getting into music, staying away from drugs and liquor, and releasing their first album.


Sep 30, 2011 By Kristie Ramirez

This sports-crazed Dallas suburb may be one of the fastest-growing places in the country, but you can still find signs of its cattle-driving past.

How to Water Dowse

Sep 30, 2011 By Andrea Valdez

This blistering summer has left Texas drier than a piece of gas station jerky. It was so hot that planes couldn’t take off from airports and train tracks were bent out of shape. And while Governor Rick Perry prayed for a downpour to end the drought, officials in Llano turned…