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Texas Monthly

September 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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justice, yes. and honky-tonks.

Aminister friend once described to me the way she balances her sermons. She reminds herself that while Jesus spoke powerfully for social justice, he also enjoyed food and wine and the company of friends, and sought not only to remonstrate but to inspire. That’s a useful admonition for both a minister and a magazine staff, and this issue demonstrates the mix we strive to achieve. We try to help readers enjoy what’s best about our state, even as we cover in-depth the conditions that cry out for improvement. Some weeks ago, we assigned associate editor Christian Wallace to pilot his poor old 2005 GMC pickup (odometer: 238,813 and counting) all across the state to find Texas’s best honky-tonks. His research was, as usual, exhaustive. “I visited six bars in Amarillo one…

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roar of the crowd

Spaced Out As a 38-year veteran of NASA in Houston, I greatly appreciated and enjoyed the “To the Moon and Back” issue [July 2019], but for goodness’ sake, please restore the Best and Worst Legislators list to the print version. It is too important to relegate to digital format. DAVE BRUCE, AUSTIN I read Texas Monthly cover to cover each month, so I started, as I always do, with your letter from the editor. About halfway through, my blood ran cold. I had to read the words twice to believe them: the list of Best and Worst Legislators would not be in print this year. Why, exactly, do you think we subscribe to your magazine? “This is the content I’m here for,” said no one ever, about the MOON! Seriously, this decision makes…

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tm live love

Last year my birthday started with my fiancé making me breakfast tacos in our trailer hidden deep in the beautiful mountains of Northern California. This year I decided to spend the last birthday of my thirties with his family in Texas. I was born in northern China and have been living in London for the past fifteen years. My Texan fiancé, John, and I first met on a remote Laos island on the Mekong River two and half years ago, and despite all the plans of merging our lives from California and London to Southern Europe, he passed away before our wedding. In the past 43 weeks of grieving for him, I’ve been learning and realizing a lot about life and love. Though we hadn’t had time to visit Texas together, John’s…

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decoding data to cure chronic rising medical costs

Data mining tools developed at Texas State University can help auditors stop fraud and wasteful spending to save taxpayers billions annually. Even if you haven’t been to a doctor this year, medical insurance fraud has taken money from your pocket, along with every American taxpayer’s, says Tahir Ekin, associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods in the McCoy College of Business. U.S. healthcare spending topped $3.2 trillion in 2015. Of that, 3 to 10 percent is lost to fraud and waste every year. “We are talking about $100 to $300 billion, lost to overpayment,” Ekin says. “This is money that could be spent elsewhere, for deserving patients.” In his research, Ekin focuses primarily on Medicare and Medicaid claims, our nation’s largest public health insurance providers. Waste and fraud not…

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texas monthly

EDITOR IN CHIEF Dan Goodgame DESIGN DIRECTOR Emily Kimbro DEPUTY EDITOR Je. Salamon FEATURES DIRECTOR J.K. Nickell MANAGING EDI TOR Christiane Wartell DIGITAL MANAGING EDITOR Megan Creydt EXECUTIVE EDITORS Mimi Swartz (Senior Executive Editor), Kathy Blackwell, Michael Hall, Skip Hollandsworth, Patricia Sharpe, Katy Vine SENIOR EDITORS Eric Benson, Courtney Bond, David Courtney, Paula Mejía, John Nova Lomax, Carlos Sanchez, Forrest Wilder EDITOR-AT-LARGE Tom Foster ASSOCIATE EDITORS Paul Knight, Dan Solomon, Christian Wallace ASSISTANT EDITORS Emily McCullar, Doyin Oyeniyi, Sarah Rutledge, Amy Weaver Dorning Sarah Rutledge, Amy Weaver Dorning BARBECUE EDITOR Daniel Vaughn ART DIRECTOR Victoria Millner PHOTO EDITOR Claire Hogan DESIGNER Jenn Hair ART ASSISTANT Bolora Munkhbold MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER Brian Standefer EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Arielle Louise Avila WRITERS-AT-LARGE Cecilia Ballí, Sarah Bird, Nate Blakeslee, Jordan Breal, Sterry Butcher, Cat Cardenas, Oscar Cásares, Jason Cohen, Pamela Colloff, Michael Ennis, Wes Ferguson, Lauren Smith Ford, S. C. Gwynne, Stephen Harrigan, Christopher Hooks,…

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monumental task

Big Bend National Park and its more than 800,000 canyon-carved acres in far West Texas got a new overseer last September. Bob Krumenaker left behind the sea caves and water-splashed cliffs of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where he served as superintendent for sixteen years, to take the helm at Big Bend, which this year marks its seventy-fifth anniversary. Briefly a state park, Big Bend offcially became Texas’s first national park on June 12, 1944. That first year, it drew 1,409 visitors. The past few years have seen record attendance at the park; in 2018, more than 440,000 people came to Big Bend, where they could gaze down at the desert from the edge of the South Rim, admire the sunset through a rocky notch known as the Window, and…