I cycled nearly 400 miles across East Texas this week, enjoying the kindness of strangers along the way.
Contrary to what a viral video suggests, it’s unrelated to the pandemic.
Not everyone in San Augustine is on board for local artist Gary Brewer's perplexing project, which is three stories high and counting.
But for decades the town where it was created had no idea.
Brian and Julie Wright’s restaurant and coffee shop is giving the community of Harleton a smoked meat education.
Ray Gene, proprietor of Longview’s singular It’ll Do Tavern, passed away last weekend.
The care that pitmaster Craig Wood takes with this Smith County joint’s high-quality smoked meats and sides makes it a worthy destination.
Plus, a hip-hop powerhouse from Houston, an immersive history exhibit in Austin, and a fictional boy genius in East Texas.
Over the years, Texas Monthly’s most celebrated voices have written about the places that shaped them, from the Panhandle to the border. We revisit some of the classics.
The documentary, premiering on PBS December 17, looks to the elderly minister's hometown of Grand Saline to uncover why he set himself alight.
A Dallas man who grew up in East Texas isn't sure his home region actually exists.
Instagramming my way around East Texas.
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?
Two decades after killing Marjorie Nugent, Bernie Tiede was sentenced this spring for her murder—again. So what do we make of him now?
How the kindest, gentlest family man in Nacogdoches began writing some of the creepiest, grisliest fiction in the country.
The Instagram accounts that’ll have you itching to take a Texas road trip.
In search of the mysterious, absurdist, and lyrical East Texas writer William Goyen.
Vandals leave racist messages and a Nazi symbol after breaking into a house, and the media fails to mention it. When can we talk about racism?
This is how “religious freedom” actually works.
The existential threat to football comes from parents who are terrified of their children suffering from CTE in their thirties and forties. In the East Texas small city of Marshall, a coach is trying to mitigate that concern.
Petty, childish, and oh-so-satisfying.
I pore over my old cookbooks not for the recipes but for the stories they conjure.
The practice of "patent trolls" filing suit in prestigious tech hubs like, er, Lufkin, Longview, and Marshall has been going on for years. After another victory and facing the prospect of a big loss, will the practice survive?
Spring is here, and with it another entry for the Texas To-Do List: meet one of Texas's oldest living things, a 1,230 year-old cypress tree growing in Orange.
Why members of the Huntsville city council sicced the Texas Rangers on a group of lightly-followed Twitter parody accounts.
Linden junior high school chemistry teacher William Duncan is arrested for dealing meth, inspiring inevitable Breaking Bad comparisons.
In a New Yorker profile of Paul, the congressman forgot why he wanted to impeach Judge William Wayne Justice.
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?
In sleepy Carthage a rich, haughty widow disappears, and nobody seems to notice. When she turns up dead, everybody seems to feel sympathy for the nice young man who killed her.
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.
Joe R. Lansdale has made a career out of a hard-boiled vision of East Texas.
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.
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 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.
A lemur named Keanu attacked a postal worker named Marla Reeves as she drove her rural route outside of Grapeland.
A man camping in Shelby County thinks he saw the hairy monster in the Piney Woods.
Inside the darkly humorous world of the Lufkin Daily News police blotter.
Gilmer High School Principal released a statement to parents cautioning against use of digital drugs as a danger to East Texas teens.
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 . . .
Constables in Trinity and Smith counties have both busted home distilleries this month. Did reality TV inspire these alleged home hoochmakers?
A Louisianan couple and their four Capuchin monkeys are on the lam in East Texas, avoiding authorities who may want to take away the animals.
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.
One more trip—would it be the last?—to Toledo Bend Reservoir with my dad.
Eat and antique your way along the brick-paved streets of this charming East Texas town.
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…
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…
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.
"I don't believe anything in this world could ever disturb or upset me enough to make me start drinking again."
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.
This time of year, Yule find him hanging around East Texas: On lawns and roofs, he’s a Claus célèbre.