Rose Cahalan

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

By Rose Cahalan:

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Strangest State: This Month in Gator News…

Plus: a matchmaking scam, a thief’s Beto O’Rourke cover story, and a footlong shrimp.

POLK COUNTY // An alligator stopped traffic while it lounged on a highway near Lake Livingston. KFDM reports that the gator was so comfortable, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials resorted to using “large towing straps” to remove it from the … Read More

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Strangest State: May 2019

Weird news from far-flung Texas.

ATASCOCITA // A man tested the limits of Petco’s “all leashed pets allowed” policy by walking his 1,600-pound steer into the store. A Facebook video shows Shelly Lumpkin leading Oliver, a 14-year-old Ankole-Watusi, through the sliding doors as the steer … Read More


A Bold, Playful San Antonio Art Exhibit Celebrates Chicana Leaders

Through a series of colorful screenprints, “Estampas Chicanas” attempts to center the role of women in the movement for Mexican American civil rights.

Walk into the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, and you’ll have to do a little searching to find the “Estampas Chicanas” exhibit. Pass the flashy main attraction — gleaming classic cars paired with paintings of similar hues — and … Read More


Elizabeth McCracken’s ‘Bowlaway’ Spins a Dark, Magical Tale of Love, Loss and Bowling

The Austin author is mostly concerned with pain: how we inflict it on each other, and how we keep going, year after year, as our burdens pile up.

“They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive.” That thunderbolt of a sentence opens Elizabeth McCracken’s new novel, Bowlaway, and sets the tone for what’s to follow: a story equal parts sorrow and wonder, magical realism … Read More


Strangest State: February 2019

Weird news from far-flung Texas.

Drue Wagner WICHITA FALLS // A woman was banned from Walmart after drinking wine from a Pringles can while astride an electric shopping cart. The Wichita Falls Times-Record-News reports that when a police officer arrived at the store around 9 … Read More

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Plight at the Museum

The best Texas history museum you’ve never heard of is staring down a financial crisis. Will it survive?

Plight at the Museum The best Texas history museum you’ve never heard of is staring down a financial crisis. Will it survive? – by Rose Cahalan January 7, 2019  “Let me show you some of my favorite things,” says … Read More