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The Convert - Texas Monthly
Tania Joya had been married to a jihadist from Texas for ten years, but she was tired of living like a nomad and unnerved by his increasingly extreme ideology. When he dragged their family to war-torn Syria, she knew it was time to get out.
texasmonthly  taniajoya  isis  syria  jihadist  terrorism 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Most Important Taco of the Day - Texas Monthly
Breakfast! A multi-generational history of the breakfast taco, via Austin institution the Tamale House. Excerpted from the new book "Austin Breakfast Tacos."
breakfast  breakfasttacos  tacos  food  mexicanfood  texmex  texas  austin  tamalehouse  restaurants  foodculture  texasmonthly 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Witness
FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, IT WAS MICHELLE LYONS’S JOB TO OBSERVE THE FINAL MOMENTS OF DEATH ROW INMATES—BUT WATCHING 278 EXECUTIONS DID NOT COME WITHOUT A COST.
texasmonthly  crime  deathpenalty  texas 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Endless Odyssey of Patrick Henry Polk
THE WANDERINGS OF A TEXAS FAMILY ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE.
texasmonthly  poverty  welfare 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family
SCOTT CATT SEEMED LIKE AN ORDINARY DAD—HARDWORKING, RESPONSIBLE, DEVOTED TO HIS SON AND DAUGHTER—BUT HE HAD A VERY STRANGE SECRET. AND SO DID HIS CHILDREN.
crime  truecrime  texasmonthly  bank  robbery  family 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Horsemen, Goodbye
THOUGHTS ON THE GRADUAL MARCH OF CIVILITY AND URBAN SPRAWL ACROSS THE LOST FRONTIER.
texasmonthly  larrymcmurtry  texas  literature  writing  thewest 
may 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Bill is Killed; A Star is Born
WITH ALL THE STRANGE THINGS THAT HAPPENED DURING WENDY DAVIS'S FILIBUSTER, THERE'S ONE POINT THAT HAS GONE ALMOST UNNOTICED.
politics  bill  texasmonthly  abortion  texas  filibuster  wendydavis 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Near to the Maddening Crowd
COUNTRY AND WESTERN SINGER WAYLON JENNINGS SOMETIMES FEELS AS IF THE WHOLE WORLD IS IN HOT PURSUIT.
music  texasmonthly  countrymusic  waylonjennings 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Darkness on the Plains
FOR DECADES, STANLEY MARSH 3 WAS AMARILLO’S MOST FAMOUS CITIZEN, A WILDLY CREATIVE ECCENTRIC WHO CHARMED EVERYONE HE MET (INCLUDING ME). NOW HIS WORLD IS CRUMBLING AMID SORDID ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF TEENAGE BOYS. HOW COULD WE HAVE ALL BEEN SO WRONG?
stanleymarsh  amarillo  texasmonthly  texas 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Gotta Lubbock
LONG BEFORE AUSTIN WAS THE LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, A COTTON-PICKIN' HIGH PLAINS CITY PUT TEXAS ON THE MAP. FROM BUDDY HOLLY TO JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE STATE'S MOST STORIED SCENE.
music  texasmonthly  texas  lubbock  oralhistory 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Mistress and the Narcotraficante
AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM A UT PROFESSOR'S NEW BOOK ON THE JUÁREZ DRUG WARS
mexico  crime  juarez  texasmonthly  texas  drugwar 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Texas Monthly Hires Full-Time Barbecue Editor
A Tireless Connoisseur of Texas Barbecue Gets Ready for the Main Course
nytimes  texasmonthly  food  texas  bbq 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Trigger
The life and times of Willie Nelson’s guitar.
texasmonthly  countrymusic  music  guitar  trigger  willienelson 
december 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Innocent Man, Part One
On August 13, 1986, Michael Morton came home from work to discover that his wife had been brutally murdered in their bed. His nightmare had only begun.
crime  texasmonthly 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Last Ride of the Polo Shirt Bandit
William Guess was his name—and it was prophetic. When he shot himself while surrounded by the police, he left unanswered the question that had stumped his pursuers: Why did an ordinary middle-class Texan turn into the most prolific bank robber in the state’s history?
texas  bankrobbery  crime  texasmonthly 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Confessions of a Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher
Bobby Jackson has taught students in the Aransas County school district about the Plains Indians, the Battle of San Jacinto, and Spindletop since the state celebrated its sesquicentennial. How he does it bears no resemblance to the class I took when I was stuck in middle school.
education  texasmonthly  school  middleschool  teachers 
september 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives
In 2011 the Legislature slashed family planning funds, passed a new sonogram law, and waged an all-out war on Planned Parenthood that has dramatically shifted the state’s public health priorities. In the eighteen months since then, the conflict has continued to simmer in the courts, on the campaign trail, and in at least one PR disaster. Meanwhile, what will happen to Texas women—and their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands—remains very much unclear.
healthcare  abortion  texasmonthly  texas 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Falling Comet
In 1955 "Rock Around the Clock" went to the top of the charts and turned Bill Haley into the king of rock and roll. Twenty-five years later, he was holed up in a pool house in Harlingen, drunk, lonely, paranoid, and dying. After three decades of silence, his widow and his children tell the story of his years in Texas and his sad final days.
texasmonthly  music  billhaley 
june 2012 by brendanmcfadden
That 70’s Show
Forty years ago, Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff, and a whole host of Texas misfits grew their hair long, snubbed Nashville, and brought the hippies and rednecks together. Country music has never been the same.
willienelson  waylonjennings  outlawcountry  texasmonthly  countrymusic  music 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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