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Texas Monthly October 2019

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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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visit the award-winning golden isles of georgia

ALONG the Georgia coast lies a stretch of land that is like no other. Here you will find centuries-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss that line the streets and meet miles of sun-drenched beaches. Vast marshlands, winding rivers, and plentiful natural and outdoor diversions beckon visitors who return for generations. This is perhaps the best kept secret on the East Coast; this is the Golden Isles of Georgia. Comprised of four unique barrier islands, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, each of the Golden Isles has its own charisma and personality for you to discover, and all are complemented by the mainland port city of Brunswick. It’s no secret that Georgia’s Golden Isles is something special. The area was recently named one of Travel +…

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the first (and latest) drafts of history

William Faulkner famously wrote that the past is never dead; it’s not even past. And that’s at least as true in Texas as in the author’s native Mississippi. Texans have long argued over whether Travis and Crockett and Bowie were defending Texas independence or slavery, and whether Comanche raids on white settlers were any more savage than the slaughter of Mexicano Texans by certain bands of Texas Rangers. Such debates are very much in the news, as Confederate monuments fall and textbooks are rewritten to take into account newly discovered documents and previously overlooked figures, especially women and people of color. One of the most reliable guides to this landscape is Stephen Harrigan, a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, whose magisterial new history of the state, Big Wonderful Thing, is exclusively…

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bordering on greatness

The farther afield you venture from our urban bastions, the more likely you are to encounter folks who feel that their patch of the Lone Star State is unappreciated, misunderstood, or ignored. You hear it on the High Plains and deep in the Piney Woods. But perhaps nowhere is that sentiment more palpable than way down at the southern tip, in Brownsville. ¶ First, consider the persistent myth that border towns are unusually dangerous. In fact, according to annual crime reports compiled by the FBI, Brownsville is one of the safest cities in Texas. Then there’s the perception that Brownsville is hot. Well, this is accurate. But summer’s temperatures rarely climb more than a notch or two above the highs seen in Austin or Houston, and the steady breeze that…

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love, italian style!

The romantic mythology surrounding Texas cowboys and cattle drives is the gift that keeps on giving—and giving and giving—and few people know that better than Fort Worth chef Tim Love. From his steak, wild-game, and seafood flagship, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (named, of course, in honor of Larry McMurtry’s sprawling novel), to White Elephant Saloon and Woodshed Smokehouse—to cite only three of his major concepts in two states—the Denton-born Love has found the epic of Texas rewarding in every sense of the word. But not long ago, after more than three decades in the business and on the verge of opening his tenth restaurant in the state, Love found himself pondering an existential question: Was it time for a change? In other words, should he—indeed, could he—quit Texas? And at that…

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boozy beans

Spirit: Revolution Spirits Cafecito Distillery Locale: Austin Price: $25/750 ml bottle ABV: 20 percent The Story: Revolution Spirits, a small craft distillery near Dripping Springs, launched in 2014 with its release of Austin Reserve Gin; it has since added more offerings, including a coffee liqueur. “There were others on the market but nothing we were in love with,” says distiller Brian Meola. Revolution began experimenting with Austin’s Cuvée Coffee, known for its nuanced small-batch offerings, and ultimately decided on Cuvée’s Mezzanotte (now called West Pole), a bold Colombian blend with hints of molasses. The coffee is combined with a neutral corn spirit and sugar before being infused with Madagascar vanilla beans, resulting in a balanced but sweet tipple. Parting Shot: Meola suggests enjoying the liqueur neat, with a bit of cream or milk, or paired…

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over the rainbow

The story of Ruby City—the landmark museum designed by world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye that opens this month—begins with the lucid dream of a dying woman. In the spring of 2007, Linda Pace, at age 62 a legendary patron of contemporary art in San Antonio, understood that her breast cancer, diagnosed a few months earlier, was likely terminal. All the money in the world could not keep the woman born into both the Pearl beer and Pace Foods families alive long enough to see through her final project, a permanent home for her art collection. Still, Pace wanted to push the museum plans over the hump into inevitability before her time ran out. This meant, according to the creative method and cosmology to which she subscribed, that there were dreams to…