Columns

The Culture |
December 11, 2014

Who’s That Guy?

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?…

The Culture |
December 11, 2014

The Texanist

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.  …

Artifact |
December 11, 2014

Saddle Up

Four generations of an illustrious border family have passed down a magnificent nineteenth-century example of Tejano saddlery.

The Texanist |
November 14, 2014

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on domino-nothings, reconnecting with your roots, procuring public property, and the ineffable appeal of the frozen mango margarita.

Business |
November 6, 2014

That ’70s Shop

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.

Film & TV |
October 13, 2014

Reel Life

Watch any footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, and you’ll find yourself mesmerized by the unfreezing of time.

Essay |
October 13, 2014

On the Road Again

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 Texanist |
September 15, 2014

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on playing Words With Friends, figuring out a hat size mystery, and the rules pertaining to road-killed rattlers.

Books |
August 5, 2014

Dallas Flambé

With its tight prose, waitress heroine, and stinging insight into urban life, Merritt Tierce’s debut marks an exciting turn in Texas literature.

The Texanist |
June 5, 2014

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on bygone dining traditions, feeling homesick, and the indelible effects of living a mere five years in Texas.

Books |
June 5, 2014

Race and Relations

Journalist Chris Tomlinson delves into the parallel histories of two Texas families with the same last name—one black, one white.

Texas History |
May 9, 2014

Spanish Gauntlet

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.

Energy |
May 9, 2014

Liquid Assets

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.

The Culture |
April 8, 2014

True Colors

As a teenager I thought a quick paint job would help my family blend in to our white suburban neighborhood. Now I'm glad it wasn't that simple.

The Texanist |
April 8, 2014

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on euphemisms involving the word "hay," A&M's unaptly named yearbook, and meat preparation preferences.

News & Politics |
March 6, 2014

Fire Fight

How Houston mayor Annise Parker’s nasty battle with the firefighters’ pension fund could affect the fate of Texas’s largest city.