East Texas

Meet the Beetle

Jun 22, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

How long it will take the dreaded emerald ash borers to fully establish themselves in Texas? And how many native ash trees will they decimate?

Bernie in Hell

May 27, 2016 By Skip Hollandsworth

Two decades after killing Marjorie Nugent, Bernie Tiede was sentenced this spring for her murder—again. So what do we make of him now?

The Exile’s Lament

Jan 21, 2013 By Attica Locke

Even after I moved to Los Angeles, there was no question that I’d always be a Texan at heart. But what about my daughter?

Lights, Camera, Carthage!

Jan 21, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Nearly fifteen years after Richard Linklater and I started talking about turning a TEXAS MONTHLY story into a major motion picture, it’s finally hitting the big screen, with a little help from Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine—and a seventy-year-old retired hairdresser from Rusk named Kay Baby Epperson.

Birthplaces of the Blues

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Want to see the Texas of Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mance Lipscomb, and other pioneering musicians of the twentieth century? Your trip through time begins near Washington-on-the-Brazos.

The Rehabilitation of Charlie Wilson

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

It happened in twelve steps, which is not surprising, given the legendary Lufkin lawmaker’s history with booze, broads, and bad behavior. For now, at least, it's taking.

The Beating of Billy Ray Johnson

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

The short, slight, mentally disabled black man was found on the side of a road in Linden, huddled in a fetal position. He was bloody and unconscious—the victim of a violent crime. But another tragedy was how residents of the East Texas town reacted.

Choose Your Own Texas Adventure

Sep 6, 2012 By Jordan Breal

  When it comes to traveling around the state, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of destinations to choose from. One of the things I love most about Texas is that you can drive a few hours (or more than a few hours) in one direction and be at, say, the beach and then head another direction and find yourself in the mountains or in the rolling Hill Country or in the Piney Woods. For the last several years, a few of my colleagues and I have been visiting small towns and exploring interesting areas of big cities in search of noteworthy things to do, see, and eat. Here's a cheat sheet guide to what you can expect to find in a few of the places we've singled out across the state recently . . . 

The Worst Hard Time

Jun 30, 2011 By Jan Jarboe Russell

My hometown of Cleveland has become the most disgraced community in America because of a brutal, unspeakable crime that has set everyone against one another.

Fish Story

Aug 31, 2010 By Rick Bass

One more trip—would it be the last?—to Toledo Bend Reservoir with my dad.

Court Order

May 31, 2009 By Brian D. Sweany

Location:: East Texas What You’ll Need: Full tank of gas, love of granite So you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to plan your weekends. You don’t want to worry about reservations. And you absolutely, positively don’t want to fool with timetables. Then I’ve got two…

How to Plant a Southern Magnolia

Mar 1, 2009 By Andrea Valdez

The pecan may be our state tree, but the Magnolia grandiflora, or Southern magnolia, has long been the belle of our arboreal ball. With its dramatic canopy, glossy leaves, and creamy blooms, this elegant evergreen is the centerpiece of many Texas gardens. Where does it thrive? “Magnolias prefer warm, rainy…

Life and Meth

May 31, 2004 By Pamela Colloff

Around the Piney Woods, most people will tell you that they know someone who’s addicted to homemade speed. Drug recovery centers are overwhelmed; court dockets are backed up; jails are filled. There’s no end in sight.

Pure Country

Apr 1, 2004 By Pamela Colloff

"I don't believe anything in this world could ever disturb or upset me enough to make me start drinking again."

The Sins of the Father

Apr 1, 2000 By Pamela Colloff

For Tom Cherry, the precise place where loyalty to his dad ends and a larger obligation to society begins lies deep in the woods of East Texas, at the intersection of history and conscience, where the truth about a church bombing during the struggle for civil rights in the South may only now be coming to light.

Searching for Santa

Dec 1, 1997 By Anne Dingus

This time of year, Yule find him hanging around East Texas: On lawns and roofs, he’s a Claus célèbre.

The Horse Killers

Mar 1, 1996 By Robert Draper

The shocking and sad story of the East Texas kids who beat a horse to death just for the thrill of it.

The Birds of Death

Nov 1, 1978 By Giles Tippette

Cockfighting is probably cruel and certainly illegal, which are only two reasons that attract its aficionados.