The sign, as you peel rubber on the way out of Redville, is clear: Thanks for Visiting! Remember, We Used to Matter!
Think about that slogan as you sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic as more people than you can count flee from what feels like the most worthless, backward place you’ve ever been.
The latest notable name to check out of Hotel Canimisinformya is JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who now says: “Many of our citizens are unsettled, and the fault line for all this discord is a fraying American dream — the enormous wealth of our country is accruing to…
When Oracle Corporation recently announced it would move its headquarters from Redwood City, Calif., to Austin — hot on the tail of Tesla setting up here — it precipitated a torrent of media coverage. The stories tended to be self-reflective in a nervous, existential sort of way.
In Chicago, the Tribune wondered if Texas’ approach to taxes should be emulated in Illinois. The Seattle Times did a candid self-evaluation under the headline: “Austin is winning recruits among the tech elite, but that’s not Seattle’s biggest danger.”
All of these stories were asking why so many companies were emptying out of…
The Kansas City Chiefs have just staged a historic comeback and snatched the game from the San Francisco 49ers, 31–20. The clock has expired and KC fans are delirious and triumphantly celebrating and, wait, what’s this? Officials are now huddled, conferring without audio so we can’t tell what they are saying and — hold on, hold on — officials have just declared that based on a formula that factors in fan preferences and which concession item was today’s top seller, San Francisco is in fact the winner of Super Bowl LIV!!
Yes, if that’s the way the NFL worked…
It would be easy enough to simply mock Addison Mitchell McConnell as someone who perpetually looks as if he has had a gerbil thrust up his rectum. The explosive eyes, the twitchy manner, the sneer that suggests he is about to break drool just thinking of some new way he can wreak havoc on our society.
And yet, it is we, the American people, who are the butt of the joke. We are the ones cringing in agony as the Kentucky senator repeatedly, and joyfully, shoves his twisted view of democracy up our ass. God help us all that McConnell…
Like the other cities participating in the frenzied Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes, the City of Dallas is now left to wonder what happened. How exactly did New York City and Crystal City, VA, prevail? What’s the takeaway lesson for a can-do city that, in this case, didn’t get it done?
Despite the gleeful optimism that comes with being named a finalist for the massive prize, we now know that Dallas was never really going to land the project.
“I didn’t think we had that much of a chance, for a lot of different reasons,” Mark Cuban, Amazon enthusiast and friend of…
Despite his background as a punk rocker, it wasn’t a song by Fugazi, Black Flag, the Sex Pistols, or even Beto O’Rourke’s old band, Foss, that perfectly laid out the template for his 2018 Texas Senate campaign.
Instead, it was an early ’90s hit from alt-rock band World Party that articulated what would become Beto’s election strategy:
Put the message in the box
Put the box into the car
Drive the car around the world
Until you get heard
— “Put the Message in the Box” (1990)
Although, in Beto’s case, he only had to drive to every one of…
Austin-based writer and editor. Former newspaper guy + Internet survivor. Sees the sun going down/And the eyes in his head/See the world spinning round.