Best Breakfasts

An Ode to the Late-Night Wonders of House of Pies

Where to go when you're tipsy, hungry, or just want some diner food and delicious pie at 3 a.m.

01/28/2019 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Cool Story

What Did I Learn By Freezing My Fat Cells?

In my quest to determine if the body contouring fad CoolSculpting actually works, I uncovered a deeper query: Why do I need it?

12/31/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Year in Review

What We Loved About Houston Theater in 2018

One theater critic reflects on another standout year across the city's stages.

12/27/2018 By Doni Wilson

Year in Reading

How I Read 163 Books in 2018—And What I Learned

One writer reflects on a year in the literary life and why he finally brought his reading habits into the 21st century.

12/13/2018 By Ryan Pait

Essay

Forget Me Not

A story of Alzheimer’s disease, the Texas juvenile justice system, and the miraculous power of unconditional love.

11/26/2018 By Haley Horan

Food Take

Green Bean Casserole Is the Best Thanksgiving Dish

Sorry, mashed potatoes, turkey, and the like: You have no match.

11/22/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Pets in the City

The Strange Joys of Living With Dogs in the Bayou City

Cities can be lonely places, but it’s hard to feel truly alone when you’re striding through Houston with your dogs.

06/22/2018 By Dianna Wray

Educational Purposes

The Poetry of Cuba

A young writer finds there's a lot more to Cuba than vintage cars and cigars.

06/08/2018 By Josh Davis

Essay

Why I Became a Taco Journalist

"I’ve spent almost every day since chasing the perfect taco."

03/28/2018 By Marco Torres

Life in Plastic, It's Fantastic

Happy Birthday, Barbie: An Ode to America’s Hottest 59-Year-Old

We look back on some of the doll’s biggest milestones.

03/09/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Be Mine

You've Got Mail: One Houston Couple's Love Story

From book lending to Body Worlds, a tale of romance.

02/14/2018 By Mary Cate Stevenson and Noah Nofz

Flying the Friendly Skies

From Houston to Sydney In Only 17-and-a-Half Hours

A tale of United's first direct flight between the two cities.

01/22/2018 By Scott Vogel

Essay

Remembering David Bowie, Starman of Style

The common thread underpinning all of Bowie’s many styles is this: Do what you want.

01/10/2018 By Noah Nofz

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Home for the Holidays: A Tale of One Vile Voyage, Or: Why I'm Never Leaving Texas Again

I see your holiday travel story and raise you this 25-hour cross-country hell trip.

01/08/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Year in Reading

I Read 156 Books This Year. Here Are 3 Things I Learned.

"I think that's how and why I read so much: the possibility of discovering something that will grab me, shake me, and even change me."

12/27/2017 By Ryan Pait

Holiday Thievery

'Tis The Season For... Wallet and Purse Snatching?

At a Target in December, I got robbed in the Christmas section.

12/22/2017 With Gwendolyn Knapp

H-Town Diary

How My Dog Helped Me Make Friends in Houston

Getting a golden retriever made moving to the Bayou City a little easier.

12/04/2017 By Laura Furr Mericas

Essay

An Obituary for Emma, My First Car

Just as you never forget your first love, you never forget your first car.

11/28/2017 By Nicki Koetting

Grandfathered In

The Critic's Notebook: Say No to Lines

Whether you're type A or just entitled, those guys don't need you.

11/06/2017 By Alice Levitt

Heroes of Harvey

The Unexpected Hero of Harvey: Technology

Harvey was America's first major natural disaster of the modern tech era—which was lucky, as the internet and social media saved lives during the storm.

10/02/2017 By Jeff Balke