Writer, Interrupted

A local boy had the world by the tail. Now it has him by the balls.
Steve McVicker
To paraphrase Steve Earle in his ode to the late, great Townes Van Zandt, what’s a poor Fort Worth boy to do? It’s a muggy weekday morning, and I’m sitting on the low ledge of the muddy, cigarette butt-filled courtyard of...

Josh Weathers visits an orphanage in Vizag, India. Courtesy Josh Weathers.

We Want Change

Josh Weathers is using his star power to open a girls’ home in India.
Edward Brown
She was crying, lying on the steps of a police station in Mumbai. Not any older than a few days, the little girl was in bad shape. She had a cleft lip and palate, a genetic deformation that requires surgery to fix. It could hav...


Dan Jenkins Rips TCU

Fort Worth’s most famous writer is well into his 80s, but he hasn’t exactly mellowed with age. The other day, Dan Jenkins raced to his Caligraph after studying a Fort Worth Business Press column that berated TCU for punishi...

MANO volunteers discuss upcoming events at Fort Worth Central Library. Photo by Kayla Stigall.


Young Latinos don’t have good mentors — that’s where these guys come in.
Edward Brown
In 2012, 15 percent of Hispanic male high school students –– that’s 889,000 boys –– dropped out, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, 15 percent of college enrollees (2.4 million students) we...


Liberal Keller at It Again

Texans can marry their same-sex partners nowadays, but they can’t ask each other to prom in Keller –– at least without school board members getting their hetero panties in a wad. From the reaction of two Keller school dis...


Saved from violence by his violin

But this TCU student isn’t giving up on his Colombian hometown.
Edward Brown
The odds were stacked against Edinson Moreno. Growing up in Siloe, a notorious neighborhood in the even more notorious city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, the now 26-year-old witnessed violence almost daily. From seemingly endl...

Cover illustration by Melody Newcomb.


A combat veteran has gone from bombs to bongs in a journey toward peace.
Robert Ryan
Trying to move past my Iraq war experiences left me with some strange, scary thoughts. Hopelessness. Never wanting to get off the couch. Thoughts of driving my car off a cliff. Everything seemed pointless, useless. I wanted to ...

Christopher Bonilla (left) and Fernando Florez are ready to see Hemphill/Berry take off. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Helping Hemphill

There’s more to fixing a dilapidated intersection than an urban village.
Edward Brown
One of Fort Worth’s best spots to grab a late-night street taco or catch a local punk band has long been Hemphill Street. The road isn’t just a local treasure. It’s an important thoroughfare between downtown and South For...


Crazy Capital, U.S.A.

As if Texas wasn’t already considered bat-shit crazy for our gunplay, seedy politics, and overall redneckery, now the Church of Scientology has our lunatic governor’s ear. A couple of days ago, Greg Abbott wielded his veto ...


House (of worship) party

Some Eastsiders near an old church quietly worry that a self-proclaimed renaissance man will bring Bacchanalia to their little ville.
Jeff Prince
What’s that thing about one flap of a butterfly’s wings can alter history? By that theory, a butterfly must have flapped its wings sometime before the 1980s and sent some weird mojo hurtling toward Handley Church of Christ....