October 2014 Issue

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Pumped-Up Kicks

When throngs of shoe fanatics descend on Houston for the annual Sneaker Summit, it’s the perfect time to understand the sole of a man. And if you happen to be a high school junior named Adam, the goal is finding the right pair of Nike Galaxies for a mere $750.

Ebb and Flow

The area in and around Anzalduas Park, on the Rio Grande, has become an epicenter of the latest border crisis, a place where residents confront promise and peril as they deal with a reality as old as the river itself.

The Hard Stuff

An exclusive excerpt from Domingo Martinez’s new memoir, “My Heart Is a Drunken Compass,” in which a drink is always close at hand and the battle against the bottle is never fully won.

Three Gripping Tales of Survival

Saved by Prickly Pear A hiker gets trapped in Big Bend. It was a gorgeous Tuesday morning in April 2010, and Merritt Myers was going on a hike. Hiking was a form of spiritual therapy for Myers—the Austinite had trekked in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, even Machu

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