September 2011


20 Reasons to Love College Football

Aug 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

How Gary Patterson turned TCU into a powerhouse—one shouting fit at a time. Why Mack Brown’s vaunted Longhorns faltered—and how he plans to bring them back. What it’s like to build a team from scratch—in San Antonio. Plus: game-day delicacies, mascots who kill, throwback jerseys, the greatest coaches ever, and thirteen other reasons we love, cherish, and wait impatiently all year for the return of college football. By Jeff Beckham, Jason Cohen, David Courtney, Skip Hollandsworth, Stacy Hollister, Jake Silverstein, Patrick Smith, Sonia Smith, and Brian D. Sweany

Karen Wagner’s Life

Aug 31, 2011 By John Spong

She lived outside the spotlight, quietly serving her country as most members of the military do, until one terrible day.

Common Threads

Aug 31, 2011 By Katharyn Rodemann

Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes have finally completed their life’s work, a massive three-volume history of the quilts of Texas, from 1836 to the present. Here are ten that tell the story of quilting—and our state.

The Great Campaigner

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

After eleven contested elections dating back three decades, Rick Perry remains undefeated. Is he brilliant? Lucky? Ruthless? We asked the people who know best—his vanquished opponents.


How to Hitch a Livestock Trailer

Aug 31, 2011 By Andrea Valdez

Hauling Herefords isn’t like towing a sailboat. A loaded stock trailer can weigh up to 30,000 pounds, and if you hook something that heavy to a bumper, you’ll drive away 
without your back end. “Gooseneck hitches are common in livestock operations,” says Joe Lewis, who has worked at Rosenberg-based Discount…

Michael Brewer, Clock Repairman

Aug 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Brewer, who moved to Texas from Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, fixes antique clocks in his Carrollton garage seven days a week. While he has no formal horological training, a 34-year career in rocket science helped him perfect the art of taking things apart.  Tick, tock. Tick and then tock. Most…

Being a Homesick Texan

Aug 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Lisa Fain on arguing with people about why Texas chili is superior to all others, serving chicken-fried steak to some New York friends, and starting to think that maybe her blog was more than a hobby. 

Artist Interview
Robert Earl Keen

Aug 31, 2011 By Jeff McCord

The country singer-songwriter on sequestering himself in his scriptorium, learning how to write songs on the road, and answering Toby Keith in a song.


Web Exclusive
A Q&A With Kate Galbraith

Aug 31, 2011 By Abby Johnston

The Texas Tribune reporter on writing about the drought, learning about landscaping trends in Midland, and recognizing just how precious water is.

Web Exclusive
Behind the Lineup

Aug 31, 2011 By Andy Langer

Who is Amy Corbin? Oh, just the person who booked Stevie Wonder—and all the other bands you're stoked to see—for ACL.

Drama King

Aug 31, 2011 By Christopher Kelly

Less than two years after moving into the Wyly Theatre, the Dallas Theater Center has become the state’s drama darling. Is it the final curtain on the Alley Theatre’s time at the top?

Web Exclusive

Aug 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Texas A&M is fixin' to get out of the Big 12. Good news for Texas?

The Monterey

Jan 21, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

I don’t know about you, but when I grab the menu at a beer garden and cafe, the last thing I expect to find on it are dishes like octopus with white curry, smoked fish with sriracha mayo, and chocolate pudding with lime curd and caramel popcorn. But at the…

Web Exclusive
A Q&A With Jason Cohen

Jan 21, 2013 By Evan McMurry

The senior writer on catching an institution in transition, fixing the BCS, and going to UTSA’s first football game.

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A Q&A With Skip Hollandsworth

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The executive editor on attending TCU, following the Horned Frogs, and why Gary Patterson may be the best college football coach in Texas.

Commercial Appeal

Jan 21, 2013 By Sonia Smith

It's no accident that Rick Perry has a 10-0 election record. Watch the campaign ads that helped convince voters he was the man for the job.


Cover Credit
Cover Credit

Aug 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Photograph by Randal Ford. In-line lettering by Daniel Pelavin. Dimensional type by Joe Zeff Design.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Aug 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Dem’d If You Do . . . It is great that the Democrats don’t have anybody on the Worst list [“The Best and Worst Legislators 2011,” July 2011]. Or is this really just a case of the liberal media bias covering up for them as usual?
Milton PartainSplendora…

Editor's Letter
It’s Not About the Hike

Aug 31, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

You’re probably well aware that earlier this summer the television show Friday Night Lights came to an end. The network season finale, in mid-July, triggered a wave of epitaphs from critics and slews of tearful “texasforever”-hashtagged tweets from fans, more reminders of the powerful chord that the scrappy football drama…


Letter From Juarez
The Missing

Aug 31, 2011 By Cecilia Ballí

For the women of Juárez, the terror of kidnapping—and worse—has never ended. Will it ever?

Letter From Midland
Blame It on No Rain

Aug 31, 2011 By Kate Galbraith

As the drought tightens its grip on Texas, its effects are being felt everywhere, from rivers to reservoirs to the formerly verdant lawns of Midland.

Big D-Vide

Aug 31, 2011 By Brian D. Sweany

Another South Dallas politician is under investigation for corruption. Why can’t the city seem to change its script?