The most effective weapon of the Texas Revolution, even if it couldn’t save the mission’s defenders.
Our estimable advice columnist on buildin’ a fire pit, dressin’ like an oilman, plannin’ a destination wedding (or not), and lettin’ go of a non-barbecue-lovin’ woman.
Half a century ago, Terry Daniels was an SMU undergrad majoring in political science who had taken an interest in boxing. Then he found himself in the ring with the heavyweight champion of the world.
When an oil well on Joe Bowers’s Panhandle property came in, he knew just what he wanted to buy.
Plummeting prices. Industry layoffs. Panicked mergers. Are we about to experience the eighties all over again?
How Erica Grieder learned to stop worrying and look forward to the Eighty-fourth Legislature.
Skip Hollandsworth drills into the surprising (and not so surprising) fortunes of Denton’s anti-fracking ballot measure.
Will Marco Perella’s portrayal of a loathsome jerk in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood turn out to be the biggest break of his long, low-profile career—or just another paying gig?
Ryan Bingham bares his crazy heart.
Our estimable advice columnist on deer blind etiquette, the undeniable friendliness of his fellow Texans, the ineffable charm of sounding like a rube, and his peculiar sidekick, Li’l Bubba.
Four generations of an illustrious border family have passed down a magnificent nineteenth-century example of Tejano saddlery.
Our estimable advice columnist on domino-nothings, reconnecting with your roots, procuring public property, and the ineffable appeal of the frozen mango margarita.
How a little-known Houston singer, songwriter, and guitarist named Goree Carter invented rock and roll.
Buddy Holly’s trademark black-rimmed glasses were a key part of his public persona. But he was too blind to see it that way at first.
RadioShack was one of Fort Worth’s most prominent corporate citizens. Now it’s poised to be the latest brick-and-mortar victim of Internet commerce.
Free advice for Greg Abbott, the new governor of Texas.
Our estimable advice columnist on poultry politesse, I-35 road rage, and a bedeviling place name.
Watch any footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, and you’ll find yourself mesmerized by the unfreezing of time.
I thought being a landman in the Eagle Ford Shale would help replenish my bank account. I quickly got more than I bargained for.
The year we gave thanks—at least at first—for the turkeys in our town.
Pamela Colloff on holding prosecutors accountable.
Larry McMurtry, Bill Wittliff, and Jeff Guinn turn to familiar turf—the Old West—to challenge old-school readers.
Our estimable advice columnist on playing Words With Friends, figuring out a hat size mystery, and the rules pertaining to road-killed rattlers.
How the small East Texas town of Marshall became a personal hell for some of the country’s biggest high-tech companies.
Lee Ann Womack became a star the old-fashioned Nashville way. Now she’s ready to be an artist on her own terms.
Paul Burka on Jim Hogan and the plight of the Democrats.
Our estimable advice columnist on camping by a river, shooting by a river, choosing what heels to wear (not by a river), and more.
Brian D. Sweany on taking the reins at Texas Monthly—and always carrying a pen.
Some overdue recognition for Manuel Donley, Tejano’s first rock star.
When you live in the desert, waiting for rain requires almost irrational optimism. And maybe a curse word or two.
With its tight prose, waitress heroine, and stinging insight into urban life, Merritt Tierce’s debut marks an exciting turn in Texas literature.
Why did hunter-gatherers bury their arrow points on the tallest peak in the Davis Mountains?
What Greg Abbott and the Republican party should have learned from their state convention.
Our estimable advice columnist on bad barbecue vs. no barbecue, rodeo bullfighting, and dogs at bars.
Spoon gets ready to take its new album to the top of the charts.
The virtual currency Bitcoin is perfect for Texas’s don’t-fence-me-in ethos. It may also be a disaster waiting to happen.
The legendary speaker of the House had his own version of a little black book—and it included numbers for a florist, a fishing buddy, and two future presidents.
Our estimable advice columnist on bygone dining traditions, feeling homesick, and the indelible effects of living a mere five years in Texas.
Forty years later, I still can’t forget sitting in a darkened theater to watch “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” with the movie’s leading man.
A few days before her wedding, my daughter asked for marriage advice. But what’s there to say about the craziest institution around?
How one feline (and then a couple more, and then another) conquered both our hearts and our mice.
Journalist Chris Tomlinson delves into the parallel histories of two Texas families with the same last name—one black, one white.
Paul Burka on Rick Perry’s greatest feat: completely changing state government.
What will it take for Stevie Ray Vaughan to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Our estimable advice columnist on seventh-grade Texas history teachers, the ban on the can ban, sought-after stick sausages, and more.
Faced with the realities of a rugged land, a band of sixteenth-century explorers left behind their dreams of conquest, as well as this chain mail glove.
Jake Silverstein on what first drew him to Texas, what kept him here, and what he will miss as he takes his leave.
You know that fracking boom? Now it’s putting Texas at the front of a new energy race: exporting natural gas to the rest of the world.
Energy reporter Russell Gold gives us a reason to give a frak about fracking.
Mimi Swartz on how the rise of our cities will lead to a new kind of government.