Posts Tagged: Austin
Hi there! We’re the two brunettes who hate sex. Sara-Kate hates sex because it’s too aerobic—she once sprained her foot. She lives in Kips Bay, loves candy, and wears exclusively rompers. Elisa Jordana hates sex because she abhors the human penis and all its functions....more
Over at Lit Hub, Michele Filgate reports on the growing influence of Street Lit, which provides writing workshops and books to the homeless community in Austin, Texas. Filgate also talks with Street Lit founder Barry Maxwell, as he opens up about the “relief” reading offered him while he was homeless:
Reading was such a zone of psychological relief, and also somehow of connection, that I honestly don’t know how I would have stayed as sane as I did without it.
Very cool, artsy things are happening in Austin. Together with the literary journal NANO Fiction, Austin-based composer Russell Podgorsek and collaborators have created music to accompany the journal’s fall issue....more
The 13th Floor Elevators are one of those groups that seem to perfectly articulate their genre; a psychedelic band that disbanded in 1969 but whose records have a place in the core catalog of any kid trying to get to know that decade today....more
We’ve written before about the blossoming Austin publishing scene, particularly the small press A Strange Object and their first title, Three Scenarios in which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce.
Now the New York Times is taking notice, too (about a year later than us, but hey, nobody’s perfect)....more
I can’t tell you how much these guys scared Nashville. Texans didn’t know who was boss.
Texas Monthly has a must-read oral history of the creation of a new type of country music in Austin in the ’70s.
Musicians like Steve Earle, Jerry Jeff, and, of course, Willie Nelson describe in their own words the moment when they smashed hippies and rednecks together and made magic....more
If I had written a list of pros and cons, I might have seen how moving to Austin from Seattle with a boyfriend who had just kicked heroin, and with stripping as my only job prospect, was not a recipe for success....more
Austin folks, if you need to take a breather from politics, come to Bookpeople this Saturday for a Matt Bell reading!
Bell, whose novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods thrilled and chilled us, will be in conversation with Callie Collins, whom you’ll remember from her recent stellar Rumpus essay “I’ll Not Yield At This Time.”
Event details here!...more
Texas readers, this year’s New Fiction Confab in Austin looks completely irresistible.
There will be talks with writers like Sam Lipsyte, Susan Steinberg, and Rumpus Book Club author Manuel Gonzales; creative-writing workshops for writers of all ages; and a lit fair with local publishers like Unstuck, A Strange Object, and American Short Fiction....more