September 2010


About a Boy

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

The short life and tragic death of Johnny Romano, the youngest professional skateboarder ever.

Arms Race

Jan 20, 2013 By Bryan Curtis

We used to be known for running backs, but all of a sudden, we’re famous for producing some of the country’s best passers, from Drew Brees to Colt McCoy. What turned our high school football programs into quarterback factories?

That’s Oil, Folks!

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Forget the Outer Continental Shelf. There’s a good old-fashioned boom happening in Midland, thanks to a crafty drilling technique that unlocked the secret reserves of the Permian Basin and revived the late, great West Texas oilman.

Abel Gonzales
I Believe I Can Fry

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

How a mild-mannered database analyst from Dallas became the undisputed king of extreme competitive deep-frying in Texas—which is to say, the world.



Aug 31, 2010 By Jordan Breal

In this high-desert hub just north of Big Bend National Park, you’ll find Western artwork, Mexican handicrafts, and the unexpected snow cone.

How to Cook Authentic Barbacoa

Aug 31, 2010 By Andrea Valdez

“The kernel of South Texas cuisine is economy,” says Melissa Guerra, a South Texas native and the author of Dishes From the Wild Horse Desert: Norteño Cooking of South Texas. “Barbacoa, made from the meat of a cow’s head, is cheap yet rich in flavor.” Customarily served at weekend breakfasts,…

Jackie Hopper, 911 Call Operator

Aug 31, 2010 By Texas Monthly

Hopper, who grew up in Weatherford, became one of his hometown’s 911 call operators right out of high school. In 1997 he joined the Austin Police Department, where—except for a hiatus to get his college degree—he has worked in the emergency communications division for seven years. When you call 911,…

Artist Interview
J. D. Cronise

Aug 31, 2010 By Jeff McCord

The Sword's singer-guitarist on the band's new album, Warp Riders, and more.


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Ride, Charlie, Ride

Aug 31, 2010 By Charlie Llewellin

What possessed me to join about 14,000 people in ninety-degree heat to ride in one of the largest bicycle races in the country? Why the hell not.


Aug 31, 2010 By Kristin Ellertson

Can your backyard brisket taste as good as the meat you’d get at your favorite barbecue joint? Bill Karau, a native of Pittsburg, thinks so. There’s only one catch—you’ve got to use one of his pits.

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Get on Board

Jan 20, 2013 By Vi-An Nguyen

Michael Hall talks about researching acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), walking the halls of Texas Children’s Hospital, and interviewing the parents of a remarkable skater kid who died.

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Made in Midland

Jan 20, 2013 By kaitlinmiller

Skip Hollandsworth talks about rigs, the trickle-down effect, and the new generation of oilmen.

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Pass It On

Jan 20, 2013 By Kevin Sullivan

Bryan Curtis talks about the Texas quarterback trend, 7-on-7s, and the next Colt McCoy.


Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Aug 31, 2010 By Texas Monthly

Dove Tales As a fifth-generation Californian—a state that long ago lost its self-worth to historical revisionism—I applaud your insightful observations on Larry McMurtry and Lonesome Dove [“True West,” July 2010]. Luckily the rich history and traditions of Texas have withstood the politically correct demythologizing process that has destructively…

Editor's Letter
Baby Boom

Aug 31, 2010 By Jake Silverstein

On October 27, 1900, an Austrian-born mining engineer named Anthony F. Lucas spudded in an oil well on a hill near Beaumont. He’d drilled a previous well in the vicinity to a depth of 575 feet before running out of money and giving up, but this time he’d secured financing…


Rick Bass
Fish Story

Aug 31, 2010 By Rick Bass

One more trip—would it be the last?—to Toledo Bend Reservoir with my dad.

Behind the Lines
The Super

Aug 31, 2010 By Mimi Swartz

After a year on the job, the superintendent of the largest school district in Texas is loathed and loved in equal measure. Does that mean he’s doing his job?

Letter From Tyler
Trial and Error

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Hall

The wheels of justice (or injustice) continue to turn in the shockingly bizarre Mineola swingers club case.