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Texas Monthly

May 2019

Texas Monthly has been the authority on the Texas scene since 1973, covering music, arts, travel, restaurants and events with its insightful recommendations. Above all, Texas Monthly provides its readers with a magazine of the highest editorial quality, a standard that has earned it 10 National Magazine Awards, the industry’s most coveted prize.

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texas to pakistan

The view from the Sheikh family’s rooftop in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 29, 2019.We’ve got ourselves a big state to cover here at Texas Monthly. But that task sometimes requires us to trace the threads of narratives that extend far outside our borders. Consider this month’s feature “Sabika’s Story” (page 84), timed to the first anniversary of the shootings at Santa Fe High School, just south of Houston. ¶ When our staff discussed how we might learn more about that tragic day, features director J. K. Nickell suggested we inquire about Sabika Sheikh, a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan who was one of the victims. Executive editor Skip Hollandsworth then discovered a compelling angle on the story, in Sabika’s friendship with Jaelyn Cogburn, an evangelical Christian. ¶ As the anniversary…

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roar of the crowd

“I CONCEDE THAT THE BUC-EE’S MEN’S RESTROOM IS SO ENORMOUS THAT IT’S DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE ANY CRISIS THAT WOULD REQUIRE GENTS TO QUEUE UP FOR A NUMBER ONE OR TWO. I PRESUME THE LADIES’ ROOM IS EVEN MORE COMMODIOUS.”To Beaver …My aunt Maureen sent me your Buc-ee’s article [“Buc-ee’s Goes Big,” March 2019]. The “cult” of Buc-ee’s caught my eye, because it truly has a cult following in our family. This past month my aunt and uncle drove down to escape the Chicago temperatures, and they teased me with selfies in front of the bronze Buc-ee. So of course I then put my order in for my favorite jerky and BBQ rubs. Lol.MARY BRIDGET GRAHAM, CHANNAHON, ILLINOISThe first time my family entered Buc-ee’s, we were on our way to Port…

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exposing the code within digital photography

What is a photograph made of? What happens when we enhance photography’s relationship to chance? These questions drive the work of artist Barry Stone.Stone is a professor in Texas State University’s School of Art and Design. He explores photography through databending: modifying the code of a digital photo to introduce visual aberrations or glitches.Stone began this photographic practice after a period working in a more tangible medium: collage. “Doing collage work, you’re dealing with materiality: paper, film, and so on,” he says. “What is the material of digital photography? It’s the code.”Stone’s innovation is in relating this digital “material” to photography’s analog history. All photography is based on capturing light. A light-sensitive surface in a film camera records patterns chemically; in a digital camera, light hits a sensor that translates…

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texas monthly

EDITOR IN CHIEF Dan GoodgameCHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER Tim TaliaferroDESIGN DIRECTOR Emily KimbroDEPUTY EDITOR Jeff SalamonFEATURES DIRECTOR J.K. NickellMANAGING EDITOR Christiane WartellDIGITAL MANAGING EDITOR Megan CreydtEXECUTIVE EDITORS Mimi Swartz (Senior Executive Editor), Kathy Blackwell, Michael Hall, Skip Hollandsworth, Patricia Sharpe, Katy VineSENIOR EDITORS Eric Benson, Courtney Bond, Cathy S. Casey (Licensing and Trademarks), David Courtney, John Nova Lomax, Carlos SanchezEDITOR-AT-LARGE Tom FosterASSOCIATE EDITORS Paul Knight, Charley Locke, Christian WallaceASSISTANT EDITORS Emily McCullar, Sarah Rutledge, Amy Weaver DorningBARBECUE EDITOR Daniel VaughnART DIRECTOR Victoria MillnerPHOTO EDITOR Claire HoganDESIGNER Jenn HairART ASSISTANT Bolora MunkhboldMULTIMEDIA PRODUCER Brian StandeferWRITERS-AT-LARGE Cecilia Ballí, Sarah Bird, Nate Blakeslee, Jordan Breal, Sterry Butcher, Cat Cardenas, Oscar Cásares, Jason Cohen, Pamela Colloff, Michael Ennis, Lauren Smith Ford, S. C. Gwynne, Stephen Harrigan, Christopher Kelly, Andy Langer, Prudence Mackintosh, Jeff McCord, Dan…

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it’s a hostel world out there

The lobby at Deep Ellum Hostel, in Dallas.Although hostels aren’t as common in this country as they are in other parts of the world, about a dozen have opened across Texas in the past decade. Apart from their reasonable cost—an average nightly rate is $30—hostels are an attractive alternative to hotels and Airbnbs because they offer a sense of community, making them ideal for solo travelers and small groups. Many offer a few private rooms, but the norm is dorm room–style lodging—i.e., bunk beds and communal bathrooms—which brings together strangers from around the world. But not all hostels are the same. Some offer more of a boutique-hotel experience, while others focus on great food and drink and live music. Here are three hostels worth checking into.1. DEEP ELLUM HOSTEL, DALLASNamed…

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suite dreams

The first time Deidre Mathis traveled abroad, she was hooked. A trip to the Dominican Republic when she was nineteen left her with a strong case of wanderlust. As a young black woman, she often felt out of place when traveling, but she kept going, racking up 42 stamps on her passport and eventually parlaying her global adventures into a business: Wanderstay Houston, the first black-owned hostel in the state. Since she opened Wanderstay, in December, Mathis has welcomed over six hundred guests, from as far away as England, Australia, and Spain, and she isn’t done yet. She plans to open two more hostels over the next few years. At Wanderstay, Mathis greets each guest by name and has a recommendation ready in seconds when they ask her where to…

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