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Texas Monthly December 2020

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meanwhile, over on the internet…

HOW ERIKA THOMPSON BECAME THE QUEEN BEE OF PASTORAL TIKTOK A significant part of Thompson’s beekeeping business consists of removing unwanted colonies from Texans’ properties. Videos of her scooping up bees with her bare hands, while she calmly narrates and shares trivia about the insects, have gone viral on TikTok. Lauren Larson visits Thompson’s idyllic home in Elgin and talks to her about the not-so-secret life of bees. WILL SOUTHWEST AIRLINES LOSE THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’? The Dallas-based carrier had distinguished itself from most rivals by keeping middle seats open amid the pandemic. When it finally started selling those seats, Glenn Hunter asks, did it damage its customer-friendly reputation? GET LOST IN THE WOODS AT THESE FIVE MAGICAL TEXAS TREE HOUSES Looking to get away from it all without getting out of Texas? Alexandra Villarreal reports…

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going hollywood

In the past couple of years, Texas Monthly has worked to bring to other platforms the same vivid storytelling that we’ve long delivered through the written word. We’ve created podcasts, launched video series, and even set our sights on Hollywood. I’m pleased to report that those efforts are paying off. Thanks to the talents of our editorial staff, the leadership of new story platforms editor Megan Creydt, the support of TM president Scott Brown, and the efforts of our friends at Creative Artists Agency, we have more than a dozen series and feature films in development. I’d like to tell you about a few of those. Senior editor Wes Ferguson wrote a moving story in November 2019 about the staging of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America in Wes’s East Texas hometown…

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“he’s a genuine texas treasure, and while he wasn’t born here, neither was davy crockett.”

Nothing to Enjoy I appreciate the article on Canadian [“Tom Brown’s Body,” October 2020] and have followed the case since the week of the disappearance. I know almost all the main parties involved and have the highest respect for their families. The story hurts. It is full of pain and agony. It could happen to any of us and our communities, but it is the worst thing to happen to my hometown since I moved there in 1975. I take exception to the closing statement in your editor’s letter [“Learning to Listen,” October 2020], which stated, “I hope you enjoy ‘Tom Brown’s Body.’” There is nothing to enjoy. It sucks. Not the story but the real pain that exists. I can’t imagine that you hope we enjoy it. Perhaps you meant “In…

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public hunts for procrastinators

As the pandemic drags on and folks are warned to steer clear of crowded indoor spaces, more Texans are hightailing it to the woods. Sales of annual permits to hunt on the state’s public lands shot up nearly 24 percent in September, compared with the same month in 2019. Demand for combination hunting-and-fishing licenses increased almost 8 percent.¶ Many committed hunters have already bagged their bucks and does or limit of quail this year. Maybe they secured their favorite lease, won a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department lottery for the coveted opportunity to hunt at a state park or wildlife management area, or simply staked out their own spread many moons before opening day.¶ For the rest of us—the unlucky, the footdraggers, or anyone who didn’t inherit a glorious chunk…

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embark on a culinary road trip across texas

Alex Snodgrass is the author and blogger behind The Defined Dish. Originally from Celina, a small town outside of Fort Worth, she now resides in Dallas where she has popularized healthy and wholesome weeknight recipes. In partnership with Cadillac, she is taking a Culinary Road Trip to meet some of the most innovative chefs in the Lone Star State. In this installment, she meets with Philip Speer, the Pastry Chef and co-owner of Comedor, who talks about his own journey to build the Austin restaurant from the ground up. ALEX SNODGRASS: I know you’ve always worked at these iconic restaurants in Austin. What was it like to start Comedor? Were you nervous? CHEF PHILIP SPEER: Always. You never know how the public and your guests are going to receive it. This was a…

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party of none

What do you miss?” my friend Gail asked. She was querying everyone she knew about the ordinary, everyday things that the pandemic had taken away, and she had accumulated quite a list of longings: hugs, facials, spin classes, church choirs, happy hours, movie theaters, dancing to live music, picking out produce, full football stadiums, sending the kids to school, privacy. “I miss restaurants,” I answered instantly. Of course I do. Going to restaurants has been my profession and passion for more than four decades, and I’m aghast at the devastation that COVID-19 has visited upon the dining industry. My reveries are often overcome by the remembrance of tastes past: The scarlet-tinged chunks of lobster in wild mushroom risotto at Bliss, in San Antonio. The caramelized cauliflower florets with their crown…