Brad Tyer

Brad Tyer
Houston native Brad Tyer has contributed to the Observer since the mid-1990s as a critic, reporter, copy editor and managing editor. His first book, Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape, was published by Beacon Press in 2013. Brad is currently enjoying a periodic out-of-state sojourn and working as an independent writer and editor.

By Brad Tyer:

Book cover featuring a whale in the ocean

The End is Nigh: What Now?

Cecile Pineda's 'Apology to a Whale' describes a disease, and seeks a cure, in language.

What is an appropriate response to the imminent end of the world? Well, first, a skeptic might reasonably beg the question, since the world as we know it (according to a variety of sources, some more risible than others) has been … Read More


Book Review: Austin, Our Austin

"My Beautiful City Austin" is a humorous, self-depreciating collection of stories following a young architect as he navigates a city whose most pressing threat is its own popularity. Read More

Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

New Biography Compiles the Legends of The Flatlanders

The triumvirate of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock is a singular musical entity. It’s also an acquired—if acclaimed—taste, and John T. Davis, one of the most well-seasoned of Texas-music scribes, doesn’t bother making too much of a case for the band’s undersung importance, neglected influence, or ill-acknowledged greatness. Read More