The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

How Austin Became Weird: The Story of a Slogan

Everyday, thousands of Austinites roam our city’s sidewalk-less streets, creep along its concrete highways, and ramble through the corridors of its universities and start-ups with one question burning in their … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Never the Same Again: A Story of SXSW 2010

The year is 2010, a time when Austin isn’t completely overrun with condos, cranes, and “hipsters” just yet, even during the infamous SXSW music festival. My favorite shows are lovingly … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Shorts from Yoke-Sum Wong

I’ve seen the neighborhood changed rapidly in eight months. At least six giant houses have come up, empty lots ripped up, earth moved, trees chain-sawed, streets punched and smashed while … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Bloomin’ Cedar Blues

If there is one thing that worries Austin more than losing its cool, it’s the endless allergens that haunt the city’s air. Local singer Joy Luther has been dealing with Austin’s … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sweaty Gnarled Clumps of Limbs and Torsos

Your walk should be a brief sojourn: Red River to Congress. Ten minutes, tops. But throngs of revelers block your route like a blood clot. Faces and bodies blur into … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Spent A Year There One Knite

Anyone who’s met me has heard me say it; I was born 40 years too late. Film, music, literature, you name it; it seems whatever I am interested in hit … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Welcome to Mediocre, Texas

Only the mediocre are always at their best, someone said, which could be why Austin is so damn proud of itself. Welcome to Mediocre, Texas, the home of the Texas Longhorns, … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Memorial Wall

“It started out as something smaller, a Day of the Dead thing,” Henry Gonzalez explains, standing before the Memorial Wall at the South Austin Popular Culture Center on Lamar, “but … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Conversation With Thor

About halfway through Thor Harris’s A Post Apocalyptic Tale of Friendship (2010), a mutilated and deformed figure hauls a shark-filled aquarium through a desert populated by wilted flora and equally … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Ends of Austins

For some Austin ended when the Armadillo became Threadgill’s South. For others, when S X S W started (or when wristbands began to cost three digits). Or when the warehouse … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 10 Comments

I Grew Up in a South Texas Town

I grew up in a South Texas town, a caliche pit of farm equipment yards and suburbs searching for urbs… no core, no history. South Texas stretches across some of the … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Downtown Real Estate and the Music Scene

Imagine two performances from the original cosmic cowboy and outlaw country musician, Willie Nelson.  The first takes place in an austere concert hall that holds about 400 hundred people. Nelson … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment
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