Dan Solomon

Drug-sniffing dogs are a staple of the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol station. Agents check all eastbound traffic on Interstate 10.

Postcards: Many Borders to Cross

If you’re like me—white, adult, clean-shaven and short-haired—then your danger-courting celebrity-bust fantasies are unlikely to bear fruit. Read More

Sunset at Texas Stadium

Sky-High Stadium

There was a time when the Dallas Cowboys used their stadium’s most passionate fans as a resource. These days, though, the people in the stands are as likely to be one-timers wearing visiting-team colors as regulars in Cowboys blue-and-white. As long as they paid full price, Jerry Jones can take pride in a victory, of sorts. Read More

Bikinis employee Whitney Bell.

Selling the Ultimate Man Cave

Breastaurants have become a big business in Texas by marketing and selling a male-focused illusory experience. Turns out the ultimate male dream is pretty shallow. Read More


Rocking the Valley

Port Arthur has Janis Joplin. Lubbock has Buddy Holly. And the rock-and-roll legacies of Dallas, Houston and Austin are well established. There are few places in Texas where rock music hasn’t been viable, except in the Rio Grande Valley—four hours … Read More

hi how are you mural

The People’s Frog

Austin’s “Hi, How Are You” frog mural on a building at 21st Street and Guadalupe is one of America’s most famous pieces of street art. It was painted by Texas outsider artist and musician Daniel Johnston, who, despite being mentally … Read More