September 2012

Features

I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat . . .

Jan 21, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

. . . from teaching my fifteen-year-old daughter about her Texas roots. So when I realized I was failing to accomplish this most sacred of duties, I did what any well-meaning parent would do: loaded her (and her friends, of course) into the car and hit the road.

The Children of Texas

Jan 21, 2013 By Stephen Harrigan

I was never certain how to explain the importance of the state to my three daughters. Now that I have two grandsons—named Mason and Travis, no less—I’ve realized something that I should have known all along. 

Mother Knows Least

Jan 21, 2013 By Katy Vine

I was thrilled when my daughter began learning a second language at day care. But what was I supposed to do when my three-year-old started engaging in conversations I couldn’t understand?

The Boys of the Dipper Ranch

Jan 21, 2013 By Sterry Butcher

On 50,000 acres that they have mostly to themselves (not including their hounds, mules, horses, cattle, chickens, piglets, and parents), Jasper, Trevor, and Tanner Klein live a life almost untouched by the modern world.

Touts

Essentials
Cowhide

Aug 31, 2012 By Kristie Ramirez

From rugs to bags to pillows, a little hair never hurt anyone.

King Creole

Jan 21, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

I walked into Underbelly the other night and straight into a bear hug from chef-owner Chris Shepherd. And I wasn’t the only one. Every woman that the extroverted Houston chef had ever met before, plus random strangers who were looking a little jealous, also received a hug. I’m not sure…

Reporter

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in September

Aug 31, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

1. “Goodbye to texas university . . . Hello to the University of Louisiana State?” The trash-talking for Texas A&M’s first-ever Southeastern Conference game got off to an early start in May, when University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp took a shot at Aggieland. “You ever been to…

Music
Not Fade Away

Aug 31, 2012 By Andy Langer

Can a posthumous release of Waylon Jennings’s last recordings keep his legacy from disappearing?

Screens
Quaid in Full

Aug 31, 2012 By Christopher Kelly

After years of bad choices and bad luck, Dennis Quaid—older, wiser, and emotionally raw—proves his mettle in a new movie and his first TV series.

Business
Cell! Cell! Cell!

Aug 31, 2012 By Karen Blumenthal

As cancer hospitals in Dallas try to compete with Houston’s M.D. Anderson, the medical technology arms race is heating up. Is that good news for patients?

Web

A Q&A With Brené Brown

Aug 31, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

Brené Brown discusses her book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham Books) and her 2010 TED talk on vulnerability.

Made in Texas?

Jan 21, 2013 By joshuatrevio

Lone Star State conservatives may be happy about America’s turn to the right, but that doesn’t mean we can take the credit (or blame!) for it.

Columns

Miscellany

Cover Credit
Cover Credit

Aug 31, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Composite photograph by Randal Ford. Retouching by Gigantic Squid. Styling by Bonnie Markel.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Aug 31, 2012 By Texas Monthly

Our July issue on drought and water in Texas was greeted with enthusiasm, though it was qualified by despair. “The package of articles is very informative,” wrote the San Angelo Standard-Times, “but for those of us who watched Texas dry up in the 1950s . . . those memories are…