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Texas Monthly

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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 9 National Magazine Awards, the industry's most coveted prize.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Emmis Publishing
  • ASIN: B00005N7T3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better December 18, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I agree with some of what all the other reviewers have stated. I, too, am a Texas native who has subscribed for nearly 15 years (and read my father's for 10 years before that) and have seen the mag's quality ebb and flo. As copyKat states, the magazine doesn't seem to know who its target audience is (i.e. upscale, politically savvy, middle-or-the-road, city dweller/suburban, etc.) The political and investigatory writing is still top-notch. This state has a lot of problems and the magazine does not try to simply gloss them over. However, some (ok, many) of the 'fluff' pieces leave me wondering why they were included in the first place. Like ducksquat, I also dislike having to stop an article in mid-paragraph to hunt down the continuation on page 97.
I travel throughout the state and appreciate the restaurant reviews and cultural 'to-do' lists. I also enjoy the mix of current and historical events. I also very much like Kinky Friedman's Last Roundup (I think I'm in a minority, tho). The annual Bum Steer Awards are usually worth the subscription price alone.
My biggest gripe is with the 20- to 30-page 'special advertising section' every single month. What used to be a once- or twice-a-year occurance is now in every issue. I know we (the subscribers) don't keep magazines afloat- the advertisers do - but still...The magazine at times looks (and smells) like my wife's Vogue.
Overall, Texas Monthly is a good magazine. The state is so big (physically, culturally and politically) that I am sure it is hard to find a good balance of articles every month. Other than the politics-only rags like the 'Texas Observer' and the usually horrible 'city' magazines ('D' or 'Inside Houston') TM is all we have; they usually put out a good magazine.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, and I'm not Texan March 27, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
On february 2005 I went to Houston for a week, and I had heard of Texas Monthly, so I picked it up at the airport when I got there. It was a pleasant company during my laundry at the hotel I have to say! Beautifully designed, with interesting and thought-provoking articles. I am glad I got it, so glad I even got me a subscription. Highly recommendable.

I can say you will always read deep, interesting articles in subjects that, even though they can be Texan or about situations set in that state, always are of universal interest.

Of course, there's the comprehensive "Around the State" feature that tells you about all sets of activities going through TX, from sports to ballet, music to art shows. Another mainstay is the Dining Guide, with authoritative reviews of restaurants. They will rotate the reviews, and you might find a recipe of your interest often.

The semi-editorial "Behind the Lines", mostly written by Paul Burka, might tend to discuss either Texas politics or media issues. It's worth a read, because it's always beautifully written.

And there are the columns, from the likes of Patricia Kilday Hart, Don Graham, Sarah Bird, and Oscar Casares, from many others. You'll see they will always discuss politics, or art, literature, or their life's experiences.. Or just trying to be plain funny. Bird is not as funny as her predecessor, Governor hopeful Kinky Friedman, but she's well on her way. Casares' pieces are always about his dealings with being a English-speaking Hispanic from the border.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Local Reading January 28, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this magazine, as I can not tell to what type of audience this is truly meant for. The articles are hard hitting, and well written. I can not dispute that. Sometimes I simply don't find them all that interesting. I enjoy the restaurant reviews, its helpful knowing of a few good suggestions when traveling, or even locally. I find the advertising in the magazine to be a bid auspicious as it seems to cater only to those high members of society that are in serious need of spa treatments and an occasional face lift. Maybe its tough finding advertising, but I find that it takes away from articles about our local government and issues.
I do feel this is totally worth the subscription price, and you are bound to find 12 dollars of reading in a years time :) This might even be a good gift idea from someone that is no longer in the area.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magazine as opinionated as Texans... March 18, 2002
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Subscription Term Name:1 year
As a Texan, I find it refreshing to read this fine magazine. It keeps me up-to-date with the happenings in my state whether political, sports-related, recreation or any number of things. There are just as many opinionated editorials as there are factual-based articles and no punches are held back in trying to keep Texas looking like a flawless state.
I have lived around the country and it certainly helped me to keep my feet rooted in my native state. Since then, I've returned, though temporarily. It now serves me well to give me ideas of things to do, see and experience.
My main qualm with the magazine is that there seems to be as many if not more ads than stories and images. In addition, I'm not quite satisfied that many stories are continued towards the back of the magazine. This merely means that if I don't hold my place, I'll have to strive to find it again.
It has been said that everything is big in Texas and the size of the magazine is certainly filled with enough reading material to keep you busy all month long. I have yet to read a rehash of stories such as a 1,000 different takes on the Alamo. If a story is "rehashed," it is from a totally different perspective so that the magazine never stays stale. Besides that, a fun read for all who have any interest at all about what this former independent country is all about!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Favorite magazine ever~
Published 5 days ago by Le
5.0 out of 5 stars Great subscription for the Texas lover I your life!
Love the wonderfully written articles and the fantastic focus on our wonderful state. We 'kids' renew it annually as a gift for Daddy!
Published 21 days ago by L. Gulley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Lots of advertisements
It's a nice resource to stay 'plugged in' to my surroundings. It's a bit heavy on the advertisements though.
Published 28 days ago by AllofUs
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with
Got the subscription sooner than expected! Very happy with purchase
Published 1 month ago by Curt Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Its an ok mag.
Published 2 months ago by Santos Alcorta
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and likely best state magazine
I like the articles and do not always agree with the opinions as a 'Independent thinker'. I think they can contradict themselves at times especially regarding Wendy Davis on Steers... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
TX Monthly has become more and more political.
Published 3 months ago by NANCY BOWMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I haven't lived in Texas since 1990. Texas Monthly keeps me abreast of everything Texas.
Published 3 months ago by Johnny Moritz
1.0 out of 5 stars Why would I want to re-read the same old crap?
I am a long time subscriber to Texas Monthly and have received the past two monthly issues previously, Why would I want to re-read the same old crap?
Published 4 months ago by Robert A. Lindner
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