Rose Cahalan

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

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Strangest State: June 2018

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Arts & Minds

Author Michael Pollan on the Power and Promise of Psychedelics

A rigorous, nerdy, funny and deeply moving book, "How to Change Your Mind" makes a strong case that LSD and mushrooms can do just that.

I admit to feeling an illicit thrill when I opened Michael Pollan’s new book. The third page bears a stern disclaimer, warning that “This book relates the author’s investigative reporting on, and related self-experimentation with, psilocybin mushrooms, the drug lysergic … Read More

Art

The Ghosts of Abandoned Texas Buildings Rise Up in an Eerie New Photo Book

"Lost, Texas" features starkly beautiful photos of once-thriving rural Texas towns.

The Ghosts of Abandoned Texas Buildings Rise Up in an Eerie New Photo Book “Lost, Texas” features starkly beautiful photos of once-thriving rural Texas towns. – by Rose Cahalan @RoseCahalan May 14, 2018 In 2009, driving home to Austin after … Read More

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Culture

The Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Lower Pecos

Hidden away on private land in Southwest Texas is some of the oldest and best-preserved prehistoric rock art in the world. The Rock Art Rendezvous offers a rare glimpse.

The Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Lower Pecos Hidden away on private land in Southwest Texas is some of the oldest and best-preserved prehistoric rock art in the world. The Rock Art Rendezvous offers a rare glimpse. – by Rose Cahalan … Read More

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Strangest State: April 2018

Weird news from far-flung Texas.

TARZAN // Police traveled from California to arrest a “modern-day cattle rustler.” Justin Tyler Greer, 36, was charged with stealing 900 head of cattle, as well as embezzling funds and committing investment fraud, for a total loss valued at $1.5 … Read More

Air Force Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland, right, during a deployment to Afghanistan
Culture

‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBT Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See

The documentary shines brightest when it shows trans soldiers simply going about their lives.

It’s April 27, 2016, and we’re in the living room of a modest home in Clarksville, Tennessee. Family photos hang on the wall, and there’s a framed painting of Jesus on a side table. Army Captain El Cook sprawls on … Read More

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Strangest State: February 2018

Weird news from far-flung Texas.

Illustration by Drue Wagner LUFKIN // A masked bandit broke into Angelina County’s probation office early in the morning of December 12. “Very cute but very agitated, so he had to go,” an employee wrote on the office’s Facebook page, … Read More

2017 in Review

The Observer’s Best Features of 2017

The Observer’s Best Features of 2017 Our favorite longreads of the year. This year our writers delved deep into important topics virtually untouched by other Texas publications. From spotlighting social and environmental injustices to capturing the characters — artists, politicians … Read More

2017 in Review

10 Texas Books We Loved in 2017

Get thee to a bookstore.

Of the hundreds of review copies that land in our mailbox every year, only a few dozen books will end up getting the Observer treatment. The criteria for review are intentionally a little fuzzy, but in general, we look for … Read More

Postcards Richmond flooding
Culture, Postcards, The Issue

Sunk Costs

Back-to-back record flooding along the Brazos River has forced people in Richmond to make an excruciating choice: Stay or go?

Back-to-back record flooding along the Brazos River has forced people in Richmond to make an excruciating choice: Stay or go? Read More

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