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The Texanist

May 13, 2013 By David Courtney

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

Welcome to the World Wide Web of Barbecue

May 13, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

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The Texanist

Apr 10, 2013 By David Courtney

On unleashing the hounds, the definition of a dance hall, and relieving one's self in the Gulf of Mexico.

Revealing Secrets

Apr 10, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

Health Scare

Apr 9, 2013 By Paul Burka

What the politics of Medicaid expansion says about the future of Texas.

Editor’s Letter

Mar 11, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

In March 2003 the best-selling female band in American history touched the third rail of country music. A decade later, the Dixie Chicks belong mostly to history, and the recent recording of two separate albums by the former bandmates underscores the fact that the Chicks, as Chicks, are more or less…

Am I Blue?

Mar 11, 2013 By Paul Burka

The consultants behind Battleground Texas believe the state is ready to swing back to the Democrats. They could learn a thing or two from the Republicans.

Editor’s Letter

Feb 14, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

Austin is known, somewhat ostentatiously, as the Live Music Capital of the World, but as any longtime resident knows, the best show in town is not a musical performance at all. In fact, it is mostly tuneless, it has little in the way of rhythm, and no one has ever tried…

Editor’s Letter

Feb 14, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

Austin is known, somewhat ostentatiously, as the Live Music Capital of the World, but as any longtime resident knows, the best show in town is not a musical performance at all. In fact, it is mostly tuneless, it has little in the way of rhythm, and no one has ever tried…

The State of Taxes

Feb 12, 2013 By Paul Burka

Texas won’t get its financial house in order until lawmakers have a thoughtful conversation about the T-word. Don’t hold your breath.

Fed Up!

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Hall

Sure, Texas’s criminal justice system is tough. But as Fort Worth inmate Richard LaFuente could tell you, the federal criminal system is even tougher.

Home Front Lines

Jan 21, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

For too many veterans, the emotional scars of war go untreated. An innovative group of Harris County politicians, judges, attorneys, and health care workers—most of whom are veterans themselves—is aiming to fix that.

The Survivors

Jan 21, 2013 By Lee Hancock

On November 5, 2009, Nader Hasan’s cousin Nidal Hasan killed thirteen people at Fort Hood. Kerry Cahill’s father, Michael, was one of the victims. Today, Nader and Kerry are unlikely allies.

Hannah’s Prayer

Jan 21, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Five years ago, Hannah Overton, a church-going Corpus Christi mother of five, was convicted of murdering her soon-to-be adoptive child and sentenced to life in prison. In April, she returned to  court—and watched her lawyers put the prosecution on defense.

The Most Trusted Freshman in America

Jan 21, 2013 By Douglas Brinkley

Long before Walter Cronkite was the voice of the news, he was just a kid from Houston at the University of Texas, chasing girls, acting in school plays, and drinking cheap beer. Yet Douglas Brinkley, whose new biography of Cronkite will be released this month, argues that it was in Austin that the seeds of one of the greatest careers in American journalism were sown.

Hail Mary

Jan 21, 2013 By Bryan Curtis

Craig James—former star football player, onetime ESPN commentator, eternal antagonist of Texas Tech fans everywhere—is polling at about 4 percent in this year's Senate race. Does he really want your vote? Or just your sympathy?

Arch of Triumph

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Ennis

Dallas’s almost-finished Calatrava bridge may be an emblem of the city’s status. But the smart urban plan for the small neighborhood it leads to says more about the city’s future.

Randall Dale Adams

Jan 21, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Only a man who came within three days of being executed for a crime he didn’t commit could be as passionate an advocate for a death-penalty moratorium as former death row inmate Randall Dale Adams.

Trial and Error

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Hall

The wheels of justice (or injustice) continue to turn in the shockingly bizarre Mineola swingers club case.

Dead Line

Jan 21, 2013 By John Burnett

As the Mexican drug cartels have waged war along the border, they have also developed a disciplined approach to managing the press.

Ghost Town

Jan 21, 2013 By Cecilia Ballí

Inside the vicious cartel war in northern Mexico—and one family’s struggle to survive.

Irregular Joe

Jan 21, 2013 By Anne Dingus

His stories are grotesque, disturbing, and award-winning: Meet Nacogdoches’ Joe R. Lansdale, the most twisted writer in Texas.

Go to Jail!

Jan 21, 2013 By Rebecca Cohen

After twenty years Albany's Old Jail Art Center has become the best small-town museum in the state— and maybe in the nation.

Gruene Peace

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

A historic dance hall, the cypress-shaded Guadalupe, a couple of rustic inns: A great weekend getaway awaits you less than an hour from Austin and San Antonio.

Jack Johnson
And Still Champion

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

The first black man to hold boxing’s heavyweight title is finally getting the respect he deserves. Now all he’s owed is a presidential pardon.

The Cast of Dallas

Jan 20, 2013 By Courtney Bond

“A limited series, with a limited future.” So wrote one Variety critic after viewing the 1978 pilot episode of Dallas, the CBS show that would become the second-longest-running dramatic series ever (only Gunsmoke lasted longer). For thirteen seasons audiences around the world were captivated by the trials and tribulations of…

Katherine the Great

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Indian Creek native Katherine Anne Porter is the finest author ever to come out of Texas. But only recently has her home state stopped writing her off.

Little Boy Lost

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

From the moment he first held a guitar pick, Charlie Sexton was said to be on the road to stardom, but high praise and high cheekbones haven’t kept him from stumbling along the way.

The Last Pageant Show

Jan 20, 2013 By Christopher Kelly

Faced with stiff competition from reality shows, is the decades-long tradition of Miss Texas in decline? Not if a few determined queens can help it.

The Belle Curve

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

Sexist, shmexist: For pure viewing enjoyment, my feminist friends and I know that nothing can match the Miss America Pageant.

Phyllis George

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

Phyllis George and Texas’ other former Miss America’s didn’t let the tiara go to their head.

Schoolhouse Rocked

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

How an angry parent’s e-mail turned an elite Houston private school into a political battleground.

Time Will Tell

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

I saw my first historical marker as a Cub Scout in Pack 291. Nearly thirty years later, I’m still hooked on the story of Texas.

Party Poopers II

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

Ronald Reagan once commanded, "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican." So why has the state GOP declared war on itself over resdistricting?

Party Poopers

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

Two powerful Republicans are in charge of redistricting this session, but that doesn't mean they're out to get the Democrats.