June 2017 Issue

Photograph of ribs next to a photograph of a blazing fire.
On the Cover

The List: The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas

Welcome to the golden age of Texas barbecue.


David Brown

The Empathy of David Brown

In the turbulent days after a gunman murdered five officers last year, the Dallas police chief was the voice of compassion and unity that the city and country needed. The way he sees it, his entire life had been preparing him for that moment.


Welcome to the Green Machine

My son was jobless, directionless, and apartmentless. So when he decided to join the Army, we were just glad he was out of the house. What we didn’t know was just how much the military would change him—and us. 





Critical Mass

An Austin church remakes Catholicism without the Pope, celibate priests, or most of the other rules.


Wave Goodbye

For decades, Matagorda Bay has been a favorite spot for Texas surfers. The response to a recent spate of drownings might put an end to that.

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