August 2021 Issue

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How Going Home Helped Inspire Leon Bridges’s New Album—And Saved His Life

“ ... I’m not handsome enough to be here, I’m not a good enough songwriter. Just feeling like I didn’t deserve to be in the position that was handed to me.”


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Pecos Jane Has a Name

The young woman who mysteriously drowned in the Ropers Motel pool in 1966 might have remained anonymous forever, if not for cutting-edge genetics, old-fashioned genealogy—and the kindness of a small West Texas town.

The State

The margherita pie at Prometheus Pizza, in Fredericksburg.

Dining Guide: Highlights From Our August 2021 Issue

Update (July 23, 2021): An earlier version of this story included the high-jump athlete Inika McPherson. At the time of publication, McPherson was poised to compete after finishing second at the U.S. trials. But she will not be attending the 2021 Olympics after the U.S. squad chose Tynita Butts-Townsend to fill the


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