Columns

Cheap Labor

Aug 24, 2016 By Oscar Casares

When I needed a new home office, I thought I’d save money by hiring a draftsman. I got what I paid for—and more.

Memorial Day

Jul 31, 2016 By Pamela Colloff

Fifty years after the Tower shooting, the University of Texas is finally honoring the victims. What took so long?

Robert Irwin's yet-to-be named project.
Miracle in the Desert

Jun 22, 2016 By Michael Agresta

Robert Irwin’s long-awaited Marfa installation is a work like no other: a massive project that reflects the austere, light-filled beauty of West Texas.

Bathroom Pass

Jun 22, 2016 By Dave Mann

Too many Texas schools are failing, yet our elected officials would rather discuss who’s using which toilet.

Out of Gas

Jun 22, 2016 By Loren Steffy

How Aubrey McClendon, “America’s most reckless  billionaire,” left some Houston energy firms holding the tab.

The Newer Testament

Jun 9, 2016 By Robyn Ross

How a computer-loving Texas Tech grad launched one of the fastest-growing megachurches in the country.

The Texanist

May 23, 2016 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on saying “I do” to a potbellied pig, bidding farewell to supper, giving your regards to Texas, and complaining about cold tortillas.

The Texanist

Apr 20, 2016 By David Courtney

Forget about Batman vs. Superman. Our advice columnist referees spring vs. fall, Strait vs. Wills, Oatmeal vs. Bacon, and restaurant vs. patron.

Prairie dogs, Lubbock
Our Town

Apr 20, 2016 By Sarah Viren

How Lubbock’s prairie dogs taught me the meaning of home.

Round the Bend

Apr 11, 2016 By Erica Grieder

Texas’s recent primary season offers a blueprint for how the Republican party could reform itself in the post-Trump era.

The Chaplain

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

As a trauma chaplain, Sharon Risher has often seen the devastating power of gun violence. Last June she felt it herself.

The Gun-Rights Advocate

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

On October 16, 1991, when Suzanna Hupp went to lunch with her parents at a Luby’s in Killeen, she had to leave her revolver in the car. That’s when the shooting started.

The Hunter

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Khoa Le has hunting in his blood, and he’s built an online community to share with the world his passion for the chase.

The Gun-Control Activist

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

After tragedy struck her family in 2013, Leslie Ervin began working to prevent someone suffering a mental health crisis from possessing firearms—someone like her son.

The Texanist

Mar 23, 2016 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on firearms, weekend getaways, and how to properly eat a tamal.

Shop Talk

Mar 23, 2016 By Mimi Swartz

Mimi Swartz discovers the Texas she remembers in a small cafe in Cisco.

Rough Rider

Feb 24, 2016 By Lonn Taylor

On nineteenth-century Texas’s primitive roads, riding on a stage line was hardly a glamorous affair.

The Texanist

Feb 24, 2016 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on putting a Tennessean in his place, adding Topo Chico to everything, learning to love a rusty jalopy, and naming Possum Kingdom Lake.

The Texanist

Jan 27, 2016 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on the pronunciation of “Fort Worth,” the pros and cons of spring break south of the border, the best way to deal with the brisket illiterate, and the Texan who mistook himself for a Floridian.

The American

Jan 27, 2016 By Stephen Harrigan

After decades under the radar, Margo Martindale has turned herself into that rarest of things: a famous character actor.

Chief Accessory

Dec 23, 2015 By Lonn Taylor

Though Quanah Parker and the way of life he represented is long gone, his headdress remains.

The 47-Year Niche

Dec 23, 2015 By Andy Langer

At Dallas’s Kessler Theater, Jeffrey Liles is drawing an audience the music industry often ignores.

Los Miserables

Dec 23, 2015 By Michael Ennis

Three academics plumb the rags-to-rags stories that have long been excluded from our state mythology.

The Texanist

Dec 23, 2015 By David Courtney

Our advice columnist muses on the seeming futility of horse apples, the finer points of knives, the downside of going vegetarian, and whether it’s possible to love a Willie-hater.

The Texniast
The Texanist

Nov 18, 2015 By David Courtney

Our advice columnist muses on the sanctity of a pickup’s bed, browses the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, and once again tries to determine who qualifies as a Texan.

The Great Pyramide

Nov 18, 2015 By Lonn Taylor

A Christmas carousel built nearly a century and a half ago is a welcome reminder of Texas’s deep German heritage.