How our creative director captured a moment all Strait fans will know and love.
We tip our hat to the King of Country, George Strait.
Through the magical wonderland that is the May 2014 issue.
This week, we will publish a 25,000-word story, the result of an in-depth investigation into the 1982 Lake Waco murders, one of the most confounding criminal cases in Texas history.
Yeah, we blew it. Our January 2014 Bum Steers cover shows the wrong Astros uniform. So we'll be the first to admit that we deserve a bum steer.
A remarkable and richly deserved award for Pam Colloff
A firearm. A wheelchair. And quite possibly, the next governor of Texas.
Why we put Johnny Manziel on the cover as a superhero.
Our June issue, which comes out next week, will settle once and for all the question of Texas BBQ v. all other forms of BBQ.
Creating an edible logo.
Possibly the tastiest one this magazine has ever created.
Executive editors Pamela Colloff and Mimi Swartz win two of our industry's top prizes.
The American Society of Magazine Editors announced its nominees for National Magazine Awards yesterday. And the National Magazine of Texas did pretty well.
The story from our March issue about the case of Andre Thomas is the fruit of an exciting collaboration with our pals at the Texas Tribune.
Lance is back. Why? And how did we get the story?
How to do it and what our policy is.
Forty years ago, as the very first issue of Texas Monthly was being put together by Bill Broyles & Co., Life magazine folded. Though it would later resume publication (before finally folding again in 2007), and though it continues on today as a pretty
TALK OF CHANGE AND REFORM has been in the air since the Sharpstown scandals more than perhaps at any time in our state’s history. Such talk is welcome, and, as most of us apparently felt in the last elections, mandatory. One imagines that talk of reform came as uncomfortably, but
ISSUES LIKE YOUR LATEST, “The Best of Small-Town Texas” [March 1999], are why we moved back to Texas.Gary SalyerArlingtonI CANNOT IMAGINE LIVING ANYWHERE ELSE but Hico. I love this town. Everything you said about small towns is so right. The ambience makes up for the lack of malls.Anita MuellerHicoYOUR
‘Urban Cowboy’ rides again.
Singing Willie Nelson's praises; neddling a former drug user.
BILL WITTLIFF IS A RENAISSANCE hombre. An author, a publisher, a film producer, and an arts patron, the longtime Austinite is best known for his screenplays, including The Black Stallion, Raggedy Man, Legends of the Fall, and Lonesome Dove; his adaptation of the latter revived both the miniseries and the
Crime in Mexico hits home.
IT IS SO REFRESHING to know that lawmen who are hardworking and corruption-free still exist [“The Last Posse,” March 1998]. These men set an example in their profession. They seem so down to earth and determined. These men are truly role models.IRENE REYESSan Benito LOOKING AT THE COVER PHOTO, I
The first film Texas Monthly deputy editor Evan Smith ever saw was A Boy Named Charlie Brown. That was in 1969, when he was only three. But Snoopy, Lucy, and the gang must have had a potent effect because film has been a steady and powerful presence in Smith’s
Pics and pans: Reflections on our one hundred best photos
How Texas—and Texas Monthly—has changed.
Grading the Marine Military Academy; an affirmative action reaction.
BEFORE SHE BEGAN putting together finely detailed service pieces for magazines like this one, Suzy Banks was occupied with another kind of construction. “I graduated from college in 1981 with a useless degree in film, but I didn’t want to leave Texas,” says the 39-year-old, who lives in Dripping
Lights! Camera! Acknowledgments! Presenting the lensmen and lenswomen who made this issue possible.
Texas Primer Who’s been on our cover the most times? Ross is boss.
Why our pictures are worth a thousand words.
FOR WILL VAN OVERBEEK, traveling from his home in Austin to Harlingen to shoot the Marine Military Academy (see “A Few Bad Boys,”) wasn’t anything new: Ten years ago he did the same thing (for a proposed photo essay that never got published). In fact, photographing cadets has been
Race MattersI was captivated by paul Burka’s observation in “What’s Black and White and Red-faced All Over?” [December 1997] that “the only way to open the door to more minority students is to broaden—that means reduce—the standards for admissions.” The real question for society is this: Shall we lower our
Why we love West Texas; defending the death penalty.
“I love lists,” says Ann Castle, who got into the listmaking business last year when the online magazine Slate asked her for a roundup of the nation’s biggest givers. “Because of the Slate list, lots of people have contacted me about doing this in their state,” she says, though she
Rating the Texas Twenty, loving Kinky Friedman.
The ins and outs of Saks appeal.
Senior editor Joe Nick Patoski provides readers with what you used to get at your local gas station: full service. Writing so-called service pieces—mini-guidebooks that offer readers do-it-yourself instructions and suggestions for trips and other leisure activities—has taken the 46-year-old resident of Wimberley all over Texas. Says Patoski: “I’ve
Attacking the House of Yahweh: defending Texas pols.
Over the past twenty years Texas Monthly contributing editor Michael Ennis has written about F-16 jet fighters, Houston topless clubs, and the Dallas Apparel Mart. But what he’s focused on mostly is art, as he does in this month’s story about “outsider” artists (see “Folks,”). “I wanted to
Doesn’t anyone have anything to say about barbecue?
Aggies: Gig ’em or dig ’em? Plus: Bringing up babies.
Wild for wildflowers. Plus: Brushing up on bluebonnet art.
Farrah play. Plus: Remembering the forgotten people.
Bummed out by Bum Steers. Plus: Down on the Drag kids.
The killer cadets and a lack of respect. Plus: Weighing in on wildlife.
IN NOVEMBER WE PUBLISHED A RANKING of 3,172 public grade schools in Texas, giving each school one of five grades, from four stars (the best) to no stars (the worst). This article provoked an unusual amount of mail. Some of the letters were barely restrained victory whoops from people connected
THANK YOU FOR LETTING ALL OF TEXAS know what I’ve known for years—that Roy Guess Elementary in Beaumont is a four-star school [“Our Best Schools,” November 1996]. I’ve been happy with our son’s educational environment at Guess, from the teachers and other staff to the building itself. Note that