Columns

The Marfa Mystique

Nov 22, 2017 By Sterry Butcher

Outsiders remain fascinated with unraveling the secrets of this place. But locals can explain, one story at a time.

Port Aransas
Seeing the Body

Jul 24, 2017 By Rachel Pearson

"When I returned to Port Aransas during my last year of medical school, I began to look at my hometown through an entirely different lens."

The Purest Type

Jun 21, 2017 By Sterry Butcher

Pronghorn were almost perfectly fitted to the West Texas landscape. And then people started building fences.

Calling Dr. Chilton

Jun 21, 2017 By David Courtney

Getting to the bottom of the baffling backstory of Lubbock’s legendary lemony libation—one refreshing sip at a time.

Critical Mass

May 24, 2017 By Robyn Ross

An Austin church remakes Catholicism without the Pope, celibate priests, or most of the other rules.

Free Jazzmeia

May 24, 2017 By Nate Chinen

On her debut album, an electrifying young singer from Dallas draws on the past, but refuses to be its prisoner.

Party Hopping

Apr 19, 2017 By Dave Mann

As they lose sway among Texas Republicans, big businesses should try something radical: an alliance with Democrats.

Save Muny

Mar 22, 2017 By David Courtney

The future of Austin’s Lions Municipal Golf Course lies in its historic past.

Black Elk Down

Mar 22, 2017 By Loren Steffy

How did a small Houston oil company with grand ambitions get caught up in the biggest Ponzi scheme since Bernie Madoff?

Not So Special Ed

Feb 23, 2017 By Mimi Swartz

Public school parents with special-ed kids often find themselves squaring off against school districts and the taxpayer-funded lawyers who protect them.

A Fanboy’s Notes

Feb 23, 2017 By John Spong

Spoon is my favorite band. Spoon has a new album out. It is my favorite Spoon album. That is all.

Snake!

Feb 21, 2017 By Sterry Butcher

In West Texas, we've learned to live with our slithery neighbors. Not that we have a choice.

Great Expectations

Jan 25, 2017 By Max Marshall

Sure, I’d polished my résumé, made the right grades, and kept up with current events. But did I deserve one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world if I wanted it for all the wrong reasons?

The Sons Also Rise

Jan 24, 2017 By Andy Langer

At his peak, Emilio Navaira was known as the King of Tejano and the Garth Brooks of Texas. Now, months after his death, two of his children are following in his footsteps with a little help from Sting.

Big Oil Roars Back

Jan 24, 2017 By Loren Steffy

With Rex Tillerson and Rick Perry on his team, Donald Trump is all set to revive the fortunes of the Texas energy sector.

The Earth Below

Dec 21, 2016 By Sterry Butcher

The skies of West Texas are so grand that it’s easy to forget how much is going on under our feet.

Capitol Crisis

Dec 14, 2016 By Dave Mann

As a new legislative session begins, can lawmakers come together to help the abused and neglected kids in foster care?

Wards Matter

Nov 23, 2016 By Michael Agresta

Robert Pruitt’s art vividly portrays the lives and dreams of the people who have long called Houston’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods home.

The Spirit of ’76

Oct 19, 2016 By David Courtney

Forty years ago I built forts on Bird Creek, raced at the roller rink, and watched my dad run for mayor of Temple.

Right Aid

Oct 19, 2016 By Dave Mann

Despite the governor’s rhetoric, welcoming refugees is the Texas thing to do.

The Redneck Tenor

Oct 19, 2016 By Michael Hardy

The acclaimed opera singer Jay Hunter Morris has traveled the globe, performing Wagner, Puccini, and Bizet. And yet he still feels like a hick from Paris, Texas.

Let Fly the Loop

Oct 19, 2016 By Sterry Butcher

When the chute opens and the steer charges, there’s no place Jimmy Steve Martinez would rather be than on his horse, with a rope in his hand.

Deepwater Horizon explosion
Blowout

Sep 21, 2016 By Loren Steffy

Four years after his indictment, one of the only people prosecuted for the Deepwater Horizon explosion tells his side of the story.

Texas tailgating
Huddle Up

Sep 21, 2016 By David Courtney

Why tailgating with my family and friends (and a million other fans) is my favorite part of college football.

Norah Jones
Less Is Norah

Sep 21, 2016 By Andy Langer

On Day Breaks, the Grammy Award–winning singer returns to her roots at the piano. Just don’t call it a back-to-basics album.