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

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

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

Boomerang Days: Drag King

The University of Texas’s alumni publication, The Alcalde Magazine, has recently featured some incredible and poignant essays exploring how the city has changed since many of our alumni were students here. We reprint this … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Slacker Geography, 25 Years Later

Filmed for a reputed $23,000 in summer 1989, Slacker is a film that had the odds stacked against it.  Writer-director Richard Linklater had exhausted family members from which to borrow … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 40 Comments

R.I.P. “WEIRD”

TEOA is always attuned to the great Austin lament about weirdness drying up as quickly as our increasingly parched lakes. Native Austinite Riley Triggs adds his voice to the chorus of those worried … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Austin is a Graffiti Wall

The aerosol boom of the 1980s gave rise to a new wave of street artists who commandeered the popular image of graffiti as an illicit and subversive medium and breathed … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

The End of Austin

What is the End of Austin? It is the beginning of a much-needed conversation about the identity of Austin. Bringing together writers, scholars, and artists from Texas and beyond, TEOA is … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

Whiny Austin: A Nonfiction Cartoon

“Austin ain’t what it used to be” is the moldiest cliche under the violet crown, yet Austinites can’t stop talking about how the golden age of “real Austin” disappeared five … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment
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