Columns

The Texanist

Jan 14, 2015 By David Courtney

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.  

The Fight of His Life

Jan 14, 2015 By Jeff Miller

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.

Cadillac Dreams

Jan 9, 2015 By Lonn Taylor

When an oil well on Joe Bowers’s Panhandle property came in, he knew just what he wanted to buy.

Who’s That Guy?

Dec 11, 2014 By Stephen Harrigan

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 Texanist

Dec 11, 2014 By David Courtney

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.  

Saddle Up

Dec 11, 2014 By Lonn Taylor

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

The Texanist

Nov 14, 2014 By David Courtney

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

That’ll Be the Frames

Nov 6, 2014 By Lonn Taylor

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.

That ’70s Shop

Nov 6, 2014 By Loren Steffy

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.

The Texanist

Oct 13, 2014 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on poultry politesse, I-35 road rage, and a bedeviling place name.

Reel Life

Oct 13, 2014 By Stephen Harrigan

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

On the Road Again

Oct 13, 2014 By Donley Watt

I thought being a landman in the Eagle Ford Shale would help replenish my bank account. I quickly got more than I bargained for.

Small in the Saddle

Oct 13, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Larry McMurtry, Bill Wittliff, and Jeff Guinn turn to familiar turf—the Old West—to challenge old-school readers.

The Texanist

Sep 15, 2014 By David Courtney

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

Patently Unfair

Sep 15, 2014 By Loren Steffy

How the small East Texas town of Marshall became a personal hell for some of the country’s biggest high-tech companies.

The Texanist

Aug 8, 2014 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on camping by a river, shooting by a river, choosing what heels to wear (not by a river), and more.

Dallas Flambé

Aug 5, 2014 By Michael Ennis

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

Jul 15, 2014 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on bad barbecue vs. no barbecue, rodeo bullfighting, and dogs at bars.

Start Making Cents

Jul 10, 2014 By Loren Steffy

The virtual currency Bitcoin is perfect for Texas’s don’t-fence-me-in ethos. It may also be a disaster waiting to happen.

Sam Rayburn’s Bates List Finder

Jul 10, 2014 By Lonn Taylor

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.

The Texanist

Jun 5, 2014 By David Courtney

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

Mother of the Bride

Jun 5, 2014 By Ruth Pennebaker

A few days before her wedding, my daughter asked for marriage advice. But what’s there to say about the craziest institution around?

Cat Power

Jun 5, 2014 By Sterry Butcher

How one feline (and then a couple more, and then another) conquered both our hearts and our mice.

Race and Relations

Jun 5, 2014 By Michael Ennis

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

Guv Story

Jun 5, 2014 By Paul Burka

Paul Burka on Rick Perry’s greatest feat: completely changing state government.

How Long Blues

May 9, 2014 By Andy Langer

What will it take for Stevie Ray Vaughan to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The Texanist

May 9, 2014 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on seventh-grade Texas history teachers, the ban on the can ban, sought-after stick sausages, and more.

Spanish Gauntlet

May 9, 2014 By Lonn Taylor

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.

Liquid Assets

May 9, 2014 By Loren Steffy

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.