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marfa texas richard westEditors’ note: As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, in February 2023, each week we’ll highlight an important story from our past and offer some perspective on it. Richard West grew up among the tony homes and manicured lawns of upscale Highland Park, but he had a restless spirit and a determination to understand Texas in all its vastness and complexity. After graduating from UT, serving in the Army, and working as press secretary for Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes, West joined Texas Monthly in 1972, just a few months before the launch of its inaugural issue in February 1973. Soon he was on the road three weeks out of the month. West crisscrossed the state for two years, filing dispatches from far-flung and near-flung corners for the magazine.…

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