Columns

Country Notes |
March 4, 2014

Home Making

The lonely, calloused, plaster-caked ballad of the do-it-yourself renovator.

The Culture |
February 11, 2014

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on how to talk to kids about edible pets, whether Plano is pretentious, what constitutes a “major” city, and more.

The Culture |
January 22, 2014

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on the best way to endure the cedar allergy season, the safety of mutton busting, how to impress your valentine this month, and more.

Film |
January 10, 2014

Dreaming in the Dark

Nearly everything about moviegoing has changed since I first fell in love with the big screen as a kid. But my ardor remains.

The Culture |
December 10, 2013

The Texanist

Our estimable advice columnist on when teenagers should be allowed to go on unchaperoned coed camping trips, whether Coloradans hate Texans, and more.

Business |
December 6, 2013

Unlucky Penney

Over the past few years, J. C. Penney, the venerable department store and the largest retailer based in Texas, has very nearly collapsed. What happened?…

The Culture |
December 6, 2013

Raze the Roof

Houston put a man on the moon and performed the first artificial heart transplant. So why can’t it save the Eighth Wonder of the World?…

Food & Drink |
November 14, 2013

Food, Glorious Food

Were it not for the fact that it looked a little weird on the cover, I would’ve insisted that we call this a food issue, not the food issue. Magazines are always putting out what they call “the Food Issue,” and this is precisely what we set out to do six…

Texas History |
October 15, 2013

The Assassination at 50

In November 1973, Texas Monthly, which was still in its first year of existence, marked the tenth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy with a profile of Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Marguerite; the cover, however, went to Tom Landry. Two years later, in November 1975, the…

The Texanist |
October 14, 2013

The Texanist

How do a husband and wife resolve backyard barbecuing duties? Illustration by Jack Unruh Q: My wife has recently taken a keen interest in my backyard barbecuing duties. In fact, last weekend she asked me if I wanted her to start cooking the beans from…

Politics & Policy |
September 17, 2013

Follow the Money

Money and politics. There’s a reason this issue features a report on wealth in Texas alongside a pair of stories that look ahead to the 2014 elections. Despite the occasional quixotic effort to remove the former from the latter, the two are deeply intertwined. Only in very rare instances does…

Politics & Policy |
July 15, 2013

Capitol Gains

Politics can usually be described along the same lines as that old cliché about the weather: if you don’t like it, just wait five minutes and it’ll change. The will of the electorate is fickle, as constant in its attachment to any particular politician as to any particular variety of breakfast…

The Culture |
June 10, 2013

Editor’s Letter

Every year on the Fourth of July, the Austin neighborhood where I live has a fairly extensive parade. It’s about as all-American a scene as you can imagine: flags, classic cars, little kids riding on their parents’ shoulders, the smoky scent of backyard barbecues. Usually there’s at least one person dressed…

Behind the Lines |
June 10, 2013

The Long Return

After more than a decade of combat, Texas soldiers are finally coming back for good. But the real journey home still lies ahead.

The Texanist |
May 13, 2013

The Texanist

On why good neighbors mend good fences, drinkin' while dog walkin', and the proper way to dispose of bacon grease (hint: in your belly).

Food & Drink |
May 13, 2013

Welcome to the World Wide Web of Barbecue

Things have changed dramatically since we published our last list of the state’s top fifty barbecue joints, in 2008. Not only has there been an unprecedented flourishing of new joints (sixteen of the places on this year’s list were not open five years ago, including two of the top four), and…

Editor's Letter |
April 10, 2013

Revealing Secrets

I am not ashamed to say that after reading the first draft of this month’s cover story on the Texas coast, by the intrepid and thoughtful Dan Oko, I experienced a fleeting hesitation about publishing it at all. Perhaps we could call a last-minute audible and put Lance Armstrong…