Rose Cahalan

Rose Cahalan is managing editor at the Observer and also edits the magazine’s arts and culture coverage.

By Rose Cahalan:

News, Strangest State, The Issue

Strangest State: October 2017

Weird news from far-flung Texas.

FORT WORTH // When he caught a thief in his walk-in freezer, a restaurant owner slammed the door and locked him in while waiting for cops to arrive. Francisco Islas, owner of Paco’s Mexican Cuisine, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram … Read More


Photo Exhibit in Houston Changes the Narrative on Refugees

"There is no room for dignified depiction of refugees, and they’re not shown as human beings with hopes and plans to go back to normal life."

The United States will shut its doors to most refugees on Wednesday, as the nation has just reached the Trump administration’s 50,000-person fiscal year resettlement cap. Meanwhile, a record 65 million people are displaced around the world, according to the … Read More


Ride Like a Girl

Women riders take the reins in the macho world of charrería.

Ride Like a Girl Women riders take the reins in the macho world of charrería. “¡Otra vez!” shouts Jimmy Ayala. “Do it again.” In the fading light, eight teenage girls on horseback gallop toward each other head-on. At the last … Read More

State of Texas, Strangest State, The Issue

The Weirdest News from Far-Flung Texas, June Edition

Strangest State: A drunken drive-thru, cocaine granola bars and pig-e-mon police officers.

illustration by Drue Wagner DUMAS // A runaway teenager was found safe after she hopped a coal train and rode it more than 300 miles. Adalie Rivera, 13, disappeared while on a family vacation in Colorado Springs, and was found … Read More