The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Category Archives: tourism

“The difference between a cocktail waitress and a stripper? Two weeks”

“There’s a joke,” Raven told me during our first meeting back in September 2012. “What’s the difference between a cocktail waitress and a stripper? Two weeks.” She laughed loudly and … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Documenting Barton Springs: An Interview with Karen Kocher, Creator of “Living Springs.”

Karen Kocher is one of the foremost documentary chroniclers of the historical, ecological, and cultural importance of Barton Springs to the city of Austin. Her current interactive online documentary project, … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Atlantic Space Man

In our everyday lives we move through spaces and use material objects that, in various ways, shape our sense of who we are. I am in the final months of … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Well Attended Disappointment

In this transient metropolis, some traditions won’t die gracefully. Through hearsay and unaccountable publicity in local holiday event guides, the 37th St. Christmas light display has been eking out a … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chicken Shit Bingo

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon is an Austin institution drawing people from all over the world for Chicken Shit Bingo, cheap beer, friendly atmosphere, and a taste of Texas culture. Ginny’s … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Austin Disaster

Use of the term “disaster” varies widely across Austin residents – ranging from calls for volunteers to aid those effected by flash flooding to Tweets of woe over traffic congestion … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment
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