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Somewhere Over Nevada I Realize by Sarah Janczak | Tupelo Quarterly →

Day 6 (of showing love for Austin writers/artists/musicians before we head to the Mile High City) features Sarah Janczak. Sarah may live in Austin, BUT WE WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL IN CANANDAIGUA, NY. Just try to say our town’s name out loud, I dare you. Sarah is not only a guru at what she does for her day job, which is fancy, she’s a GODDAMN PHILANTHROPIST. She’s also a poet. Here’s her poem “Somewhere Over Nevada I Realize” in th Tupelo Quarterly.

— 3 months ago with 4 notes
#sarah janczak  #tupelo quarterly  #austin  #canandigua  #poetry 
Annette Lucksinger on Exploring Austin with Kids →

Day 5 of showing love for Austin writers/artists/musicians before we head to the Mile High City is about Annette Lucksinger. Before we moved to Austin, all I knew of Annette was that she was one of my husband’s favorite professors at St. Edward’s University. Since then, I’ve drank her husband’s homemade beer, dug in the dirt with her son, and been really excited about her book, EXPLORING AUSTIN WITH KIDS—a great resource for anybody with little ones. Here’s a link to an interview w/ Annette. Consider it an antidote to all that Vice crap. 

— 3 months ago
#austin  #exploring austin with kids  #kids  #annette lucksinger  #st. edward's university  #that dude at vice who writes about austin can suck it 

Day 4 of showing love for Austin writers/artists/musicians before we head to the Mile High City is about Olivia O’Neal & Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. You might know Olivia from Cupcake Wars (which she won, duh) or, you know, MAKING KAYNE WEST’S BIRTHDAY CAKE (for reals), but if you are ever in Austin, holy shit should you eat her cupcakes. I know how that sounds. But she makes this chocolate spice cupcake that is—I still dream about the first time I had it. Every other cupcake you’ve had is garbage compared to hers. This is a fact. Here’s Sugar Mama’s audition tape for Cupcake Wars (WEIRD AL CHOSE HER AS THE WINNER!)

— 3 months ago
#austin  #sugar mama's  #cupcakes  #weird al  #cupcake wars  #kayne west 
Ray Shea's "Fat Guy" at Hobart →

Day 3 of showing love for Austin writers/artists/musicians while we’re still at sea level is about my friend, Ray Shea. When I read his essay, “Fat Guy,” online at Hobart, one of my first reactions was: THIS IS IMPORTANT. Because it is.

— 3 months ago with 3 notes
#hobart  #not the city in australia  #ray shea 

Day 2 (of bragging about Austin folks before we head to the Mile High City) features Alyssa Harad, who I first met one of the earliest Austin Lit Ladies gatherings. She is a FIERCE advocate for women’s rights, an exquisite writer, and a genuinely nice person (on Twitter and in real life). Here’s a clip of her reading the first chapter of COMING TO MY SENSES, which the Dallas Morning News described as “word sorcery, layering one scented note of description atop another, until the reader is afloat in a sea of sensations ranging from louche to pristine. One is ridiculously tempted to put one’s nose to the printed page and sniff, as if the paper might somehow carry the scents that would complete the experience of reading about perfumes.”

— 3 months ago
#alyssa harad  #austin  #coming to my senses 
"Sure You Understand" by Tyler Gobble at Big Lucks →

We’re leaving Texas, for good, in two weeks. Each day we’re still at sea level I thought I’d share something from one of the Austin writers/artists/musicians I’ve been lucky to hang with here. To start things off: the very sleeveless and awesome Tyler Gobble. His first book, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, will be out from Coconut Books in the fall. I’ve linked to a poem of his I dig called “Sure You Understand.” My two favorite lines: “Wow is a long word if you sustain it” & “You can’t fit the moon into enough poems”

— 3 months ago with 5 notes
#tyler gobble  #big lucks  #poetry  #coconut books 
crocket:

Richard Brautigan, “I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone,” 1969

This was one of two “readings” at my wedding. The other was a monolgue from When Harry Met Sally.

crocket:

Richard Brautigan, “I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone,” 1969

This was one of two “readings” at my wedding. The other was a monolgue from When Harry Met Sally.

(Source: free-parking, via kameelahwrites)

— 3 months ago with 3674 notes
A Tooth for a Tooth →

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by Jess Stoner

Modern dentistry does wonders for a rotten molar or a cracked bicuspid—it’s modern dental insurance that falls short.

— 3 months ago with 32 notes
Sexism at Texas Boys State →

I wrote a thing about Texas Boys State, a prestigious program that some of the attendees I spoke to wished would live up to its reputation. Because the young Texans who designed images of women in bikinis as party logos, delivered campaign speeches touting “Cold Beer and Titties,” and created a party platform that forces teenage mothers to identify themselves to their neighbors, “like sex offenders,” sure aren’t doing it any favors.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#texas  #texas boys state  #boys state  #sexism 
I don’t. But I might as well.  I just ate cheese curds and a bread bowl and mini-snickers for Xmas breakfast. 

I don’t. But I might as well.  I just ate cheese curds and a bread bowl and mini-snickers for Xmas breakfast. 

— 10 months ago with 1 note
#oregon trail