The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Austin Old-Timer and Newcomer

I. Austin is the capital of the American Renaissance of the beginning of the twenty-first century. The explosive construction of bridges, ramps, roads, buildings; the flow of creative, inventive, and … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Spray-painting Austin: An Artist’s Perspective

Around two years ago I moved to Austin for a new job opportunity with an industrial design firm. It was a little challenging, considering I had no friends and family within … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a 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

Austin’s Plaza Saltillo: Place, Practice, and Growth

TEOA enjoys bringing together well-known writers, academics, grad students, and undergrads under one roof. Here UT undergrad Emily Mixon shares a “reflection on the dichotomies between intended and real function … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

You Say Texas; I Say Barbecue

Erica Robert Pallo has shared this short documentary film that she made about BBQ “from the perspective of both natives and non-Texans.” It was filmed at Franklin Barbecue and was featured … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Austin By Thumb

There’s a synchronicity between thumb’s-up sign as “it’s all good,” and also “I’m all good. Invite me into your car.” I hitchhiked Austin for three days. Most of it spent … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finding Loston

Is this the End of Austin? How presumptuous. Endings and Beginnings are always the same process. Austin has been around for a long time; only it wasn’t always called Austin. … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

An End Both Slow and Urgent: Blackness in Austin

Like many grad students, I always expected a fairly definitive end to Austin, a time when I was called upon to fulfill my life’s work after years of honing my … 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 End of Oz-Town

Just before the Austin housing bubble went POP! and Code Compliance hassled the Cathedral of Junk into becoming a permitted structure, the Cathedral’s creator, Vince Hannemann, brought me by his … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photos by Caroline Koebel

Angela Davis and Harriet Tubman street art (and the subsequent absence thereof) on Pedernales between 5th and Santa Rosa, Austin, 78702. November 2012. Caroline Koebel is an Austin-based filmmaker and writer … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment
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