The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

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The End of Barton Creek?

I begin with a caveat. This abbreviated portfolio of “wildlife” photographs from the seventies does not proclaim or prove THE END OF AUSTIN so much as it poses a question. … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hipster Hate and the Sabotage of Real Social Commentary

We hate hipsters don’t we? It’s probably their detached air of superiority that irks us most, but in reality, we hate it all. We detest star-spangled Toms, imperial mustaches, and … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Documenting Austin with Matt Black

The celebrated documentary photographer Matt Black ran a weeklong photography workshop in Austin during May 2016. A collaboration between Magnum Photos and the Harry Ransom Center (and organized by the HRC Academic … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

“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

Shadows of a Sunbelt City: An Excerpt

In 2013, popular Texas Monthly magazine published a collection of commentaries on Texas’s major cities, and two of them were about Austin. One, written by John Spong (a Texas Monthly … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

North Lamar: Austin’s Most Cosmopolitan District

Austin’s most cosmopolitan district is growing—not in the heart of downtown—but along a two-mile stretch of North Lamar between Rundberg and Braker Lane at the northern edge of the city. … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Ella: Fighting to Save a Few

Any life spanning seven decades is bound to have its share of twists, turns, and dreams deferred–maybe some that are never realized at all. After I had been meeting for … 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

Interview with Geographer Eliot Tretter

What inspired you to write Shadows of a Sunbelt City?  Two factors inspired me to write Shadows of a Sunbelt City. One was the very practical matter of needing to find … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a 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

Fighting for Affordable Housing in Austin: A Conversation with Mandy De Mayo, Director of HousingWorks.

Mandy De Mayo is the Executive Director of HousingWorks, a non-profit organization on the front lines of the fight for fair and affordable housing in Austin. We sat down to … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Left Behind

Photographer Julian M. Johnson shares the following: “Born and raised in Austin, I took the city as a given. I left to go to school in Connecticut, and when I came … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Keeping Austin Weird: Graffiti and Urban Branding

In Austin, one phrase has become synonymous with the city: “Keep Austin Weird.” This slogan is found on everything from keychains to bumper stickers to tie dyed shirts in Texas’ … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment
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