April 2021 Issue

Selena Quintanilla
On the Cover

Celebrating Selena

Selena Quintanilla was a Texas icon—a beloved, Grammy-winning artist who touched millions in life and continues to inspire people around the world. As her fiftieth birthday approaches, the writers we’ve gathered to celebrate her are part of a generation of Latinos who came of age after her heyday. 


The State

Conan the Barbarian dramatically rides a horse while a young boy reads a book perched behind him

My Life With Conan the Barbarian

Growing up in a community not even big enough for a post office, I lost myself in the stories of the warrior who launched the sword and sorcery genre. It would be years before I learned that his creator had also been raised in small-town Texas.


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