Columns

True Colors

Apr 8, 2014 By Christine Granados

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

Apr 8, 2014 By David Courtney

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

Bio Hazard

Mar 7, 2014 By Erica Grieder

Campaigns get complicated when politics and gender collide. Just ask Wendy Davis.

Fire Fight

Mar 6, 2014 By Loren Steffy

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

The Texanist

Feb 11, 2014 By David Courtney

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

Coming to Our Census

Feb 11, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Former state demographer Steve H. Murdock is back, with a book that should be required reading for all 26,060,796 of us.

The Texanist

Jan 22, 2014 By David Courtney

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.

Dreaming in the Dark

Jan 10, 2014 By Stephen Harrigan

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

High-Fiber Duet

Jan 9, 2014 By Loren Steffy

The competition between Google and AT&T to bring ultra-high-speed Internet to Austin is not exactly what it seems.

Sweethearts of the Radio

Dec 10, 2013 By Andy Langer

How the Eli Young Band cracked the code of the country music business and became one of Texas’s most successful exports.

The Texanist

Dec 10, 2013 By David Courtney

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

Unlucky Penney

Dec 6, 2013 By Loren Steffy

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?

Raze the Roof

Dec 6, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

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, Glorious Food

Nov 14, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

The Assassination at 50

Oct 15, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

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The Texanist

Oct 14, 2013 By David Courtney

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…

Road to Nowhere

Oct 11, 2013 By Paul Burka

Oil money’s nice, but actually funding our infrastructure needs is even better.

Follow the Money

Sep 17, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

What Gives?

Sep 17, 2013 By Erica Grieder

Texas is one of the country’s most philanthropic states. Is that because we’re also one of the most fiscally conservative?

Capitol Gains

Jul 15, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

Happy Trails

Jul 15, 2013 By Erica Grieder

Rick Perry’s legacy will rise and fall on the “Texas miracle.” Is it real? If so, should he get the credit?

Editor’s Letter

Jun 10, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

The Long Return

Jun 10, 2013 By John Spong

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