After a wide-ranging search that took months, on March 28 the New York Times announced that Jake Silverstein, who has served as the editor of Texas Monthly since 2008, would take the helm of the New York Times Magazine. His local fans and staff mourned the announcement (“totally depressed,” an editor friend e-mailed), and Emmis Publishing, parent company of Texas Monthly, cast a bit of a pall on his departure by filing suit against The New York Times Company for allegedly breaching his contract with Emmis.
They have reason to grieve—under Silverstein’s charge, Texas Monthly flourished and was nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards and won four, including the general excellence prize. Attention-getting features like “The 50 Best BBQ Joints . . . in the World!,” were nominated for a 2014 National Magazine Award. In the midst of his transition, just before he headed east, Silverstein kindly took time to sit down with TRIBEZA and discuss his move. We’re sorry to see his creative vision leave Austin, but excited about the dust that he will surely kick up in Manhattan.
It was a tough decision. Leaving Austin, leaving Texas, and leaving Texas Monthly is not something I had been planning on doing at all. I love it here. So it took a lot of thought, but in the end, this is just such an exciting opportunity that we couldn’t pass it up.
Probably by living in Jersey.
I’m hoping my good friends at A&M will handle that for me.
I tend to think that the best writers aren’t models of other writers or of types of work. What makes them great is the singularity of their voices. I will say that I intend to publish as many of these kinds of voices as I can. I love writers the way kids love candy.
I’m going to refrain from answering “what’s next?” questions until I’ve actually started.
Get Will Shortz to start giving me the answers to the Saturday crossword on Fridays.
Not really. I don’t mean to be coy, but it would be presumptuous of me to outline plans for this before I’m actually on the job. What I’ll say is that the prospect of working closely with the greatest newsroom on earth is incredibly exciting to me. I’m still pinching myself about that.
One thing always leads to another. Last time I was in New York I was working at Harper’s, and that certainly helped prepare me for the kind of literary longform journalism we practice at Texas Monthly. My time here (eight years actually) taught me a lot about the power of storytelling. Working with great writers like Katy Vine, John Spong, Mike Hall, Mimi Swartz, Pam Colloff, Sam Gwynne, Nate Blakeslee, and the whole crew—it has really shaped how I think about narratives. I’ve honestly learned more from Skip Hollandsworth than I could have from any journalism school. There’s something else, too. Texas Monthly as a whole—the spirit of the place that was instilled by Mike Levy and imparted to me by Evan Smith—has taught me something even more valuable: how to create the conditions under which greatness can be achieved. Mike demanded greatness and so did Evan, but they did it in a menschy, familial, high-spirited way that coaxed the best out of everyone around. Texas Monthly is a truly special place. It’s a unique place. It’s a fun place. And if I can carry just a small portion of that with me wherever I go I’ll be lucky.
Applications have already been coming in via social media. Apparently Daniel Vaughn was onto something.
For sure. We still have a crumbling old adobe house in Marfa that will keep us theoretically tied to Texas for the foreseeable future. And the people at Texas Monthly are family to me and always will be. I’ll be around.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more