A new biography makes clear that the acclaimed writer had an intense love-hate relationship with his home state. Which may have been the secret to his success.
This month, fans have a chance to bid on books, guns, and a pinball machine owned by the definitive chronicler of twentieth-century Texas.
Paul Newman plays a brutish, morally repugnant monster in the classic anti-western. So why do Texans admire him anyway?
A nightmarish scene in Larry McMurtry’s epic novel triggered my unshakable—and completely illogical—fear of snakes.
A recent tribute in Archer City gave Texans an overdue opportunity to pay their respects to their state’s greatest writer.
There may be no more powerful film about growing up with nowhere to go.
‘Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen’ offers a glimpse at the author’s life in Archer City. Plus: a boxed wine club and food pop-ups in Houston and Austin.
I caught my first glimpse of the 'Lonesome Dove' author on the streets of Archer City when I was a teenager. It was an encounter that shaped the rest of my life.
Plus, a podcast hosted by a UT alum and native North Texan, a restaurant with the best banh mi in Dallas, and a show about Austin’s roller derby scene.
The UT professor and longtime ’Texas Monthly’ contributor died on Saturday at the age of 79 after a stroke.
The author of the just-out ’The Which Way Tree’ discusses her favorite Texas novel.
If you’re trying to knock off some last minute summer beach time before the special session begins, you might want some fairly light fare of Texas politics and history.
Readers respond to the July 2016 issue.
How I came to love Larry McMurtry.
Lonesome Dove aside, here are the indispensable titles every Texan should have on his or her bookshelf.
Texas may have inspired Larry McMurtry to become a writer, but there is no writer who has inspired an understanding of Texas quite like Larry McMurtry. At age eighty, our most iconic author still has work to do.
The great trail drives head for the last roundup.
The Lonesome Dove Trail and Reunion in Fort Worth brought together cast and crew, who waxed nostalgic on the seminal series and the book that inspired it.
A memorable evening with James and Curtis McMurtry, the son and grandson of Texas’s most-beloved living author.
Larry McMurtry, Bill Wittliff, and Jeff Guinn turn to familiar turf—the Old West—to challenge old-school readers.
Archer City's most famous son tells a writer's group that ‘Blood Meridian’ "was a little windy" and admits that two of his favorite television shows are ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’
Thoughts on the gradual march of civility and urban sprawl across the lost frontier.
The prize-winning author, who recently sold off nearly 300,000 books, plans to close three of his four stores. What happens to tiny Archer City now?
Smithsonian magazine names the West Texas cultural oasis one of the "20 Best Small Towns in America."
On Texas cuisine.
Twenty-five years ago, Larry McMurtry published a novel called Lonesome Dove—and Texas hasn’t looked the same since. Listen in as more than thirty writers, critics, producers, and actors, from Peter Bogdonavich and Dave Hickey to Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, and Anjelica Huston, tell the stories behind the book (and
The opening scenes of Lonesome Dove take place at the Hat Creek Cattle Company, a small ranch in Lonesome Dove, Texas, just north of the Rio Grande. Hat Creek is operated by two old Texas Rangers, the taciturn Woodrow Call and the talkative Augustus “Gus” McCrae. Among their hands are
– 1 –Gus and Call’s friendship may be at the heart of Lonesome Dove, but the book’s ending points in another direction. When Call returns to Lonesome Dove after burying Gus, he encounters the town’s barber, Dillard Brawley. “What happened to the saloon?” Call asks, having noticed that the local
Forty years after its publication, Horseman, Pass By is still one of Larry McMurtry's finest novelsand as groundbreaking as J. D. Salinger's masterpiece.
Big, breezy porches in Port Aransas, the only heated pool for miles in Marathon: You’ll get more than just a bed and breakfast at these ten appealing places to stay.
Catching up with our leading unsentimentalist.
The grumpy Texas literary legend rips the Texas art and music mecca in his review of a new book about Elizabeth Taylor, calling Marfa "as bleak a place as you'll find in America."
Woody Harrelson wishes he was Jerry Maguire, a Kristofferson enters the wrestling ring, and Larry McMurtry's book criticism gets criticized.
Is it time to revisit Larry McMurtry’s Berrybender Narratives?
Director: Peter BogdanovichPlot: Teenagers come of age in a fading small town.Excerpts from our roundtable discussion:RAPP: Last Picture Show is a documentary of the first twenty years of my life. I watched it again last night, and I’d forgotten just how authentic it is. I know that dusty, confining
Larry McMurtry’s new memoir plays it close to the vest.
From humble Oak Cliff roots did a hip intellectual giant grow. In this oral history, friends and fans remember the late Grover Lewis, one of the great magazine writers of our day.
“I like to go out at night. I like to sit in a nice room and look at beautiful women. I don't want to just sit on my back porch drinking scotch, and there isn’t much more to do in Archer City.”
Don Graham rereads The Gay Place.
Horseman, Pass By
Why Peter Bogdanovich filmed in black and white, who discovered Cybill Shepherd, which onetime soap opera diva read for the role of Jacy, and other secrets of the making of ‘The Last Picture Show.’ Plus: A few words from the late Ben Johnson.
Ten years after the filming of the miniseries Lonesome Dove, screenwriter Bill Wittliff shares his photographic memories of life on the set.
So says Larry McMurtry, Texas’ best—and best-known— novelist. But that doesn’t mean he’s giving up literature altogether; in fact, his days are quite booked.
Snow business comes to Houston.
For years he renounced his Texas ties. Now Larry McMurty is once again calling Archer City home.
In which our author hints that Texas men are in for a rude awakening.
Leaving Cheyenne, which may be Larry McMurtry’s best novel, is made into a miserable movie. This is how it happened.
Don Meredith brings football and TV into focus.
HARD-SCRABBLE NOTES1. The Once & Future Larry KingA FEW YEARS AGO, IN a brief but characteristic moment of reflection, Larry King attempted a survey of all that he had mastered, and he was not greatly reassured. “Success and I are strangers,” he said. “Failure and I are such old friends