October 2012



Sep 30, 2012 By Joe Nick Patoski

Two decades ago, a barbarian from Arkansas named Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys and rebooted the franchise from the ground up. Inside the wild first days of the most hostile takeover the NFL has ever known.

Portrait of the Artist as a Postman

Sep 30, 2012 By Jason Sheeler

The only American ever to design scarves for the exclusive French fashion house Hermès is Kermit Oliver, a 69-year-old postal worker from Waco who lives in a strange and beautiful world all his own.

Storming the Ivory Tower

Sep 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

For the past four years, a group of passionate reformers has been steadily trying to remake how higher education works in Texas—over the screams and howls of many professors and school presidents. Last year the battle came to UT. And the bombs are still flying.

The Kay Place

Jan 21, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the state’s senior senator and the first woman from Texas to hold that office, opens up about the changes in her party, why she decided to retire, and the governor’s race that got away. 


Kenny Klimple, Bus Driver

Sep 30, 2012 By Texas Monthly

After serving as a police officer for six years in the Brazos Valley, Klimple “burned out” on working with the public and sought refuge in truck driving. He got his commercial driver’s license while hauling oil equipment for Halliburton, never imagining that a year later he’d put it to use…

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in October

Sep 30, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

1. Third Time’s the Charm! Right? For the third straight year, the Texas Rangers head into the postseason with hopes that are high and realistic. Led by perennial MVP candidate Josh Hamilton, they’re the best-hitting team in baseball. They’ve got a lights-out closer in Joe Nathan and, despite some devastating…

The Last Liberal

Jan 21, 2013 By david oshinsky

As Jan Reid's new biography makes clear, Ann Richards was one of the most magnetic politicians of the past thirty years. So why didn’t she leave much of a legacy?


Behind the Lines
Fracked Into a Corner?

Sep 30, 2012 By Nate Blakeslee

Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have given us a natural gas boom—and a whole lot of questions.  


Cover Credit
Cover Credit

Sep 30, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Photo illustration by Image Foundation. Tower photograph by Wyatt McSpadden.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Sep 30, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Our September cover was a hit on Facebook, where it received hundreds of shares and likes—and generated a raging debate between those who thought the photo was adorable and those who felt that the children should have been more covered up. “First of all, can they put some clothes on them?”…


Web Exclusive
Making an Austin City Limits Debut

Sep 30, 2012 By Andy Langer

Terry Lickona, the television show's executive producer, talks about some of the acts that will step on the Austin City Limits stage for the first time, including Radiohead and Kat Edmonson.