Ripping through the afternoon headlines, I came upon yet another (what, the millionth?) headline related to COVID-19. Of course, I clicked: “Florida woman hospitalized with COVID-19 comes home to find husband dead from virus.”

I was delivered into a story on KABC-Los Angeles’ site:

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — A Florida…


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…


Auditorium Shores dog park (Photo: Barbara Kessler)

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…


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…


(Photo illustration adapted from Mitch McConnell official Facebook page)

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. …


(Photo: B. Kessler)

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…


Beto signs in Galveston, Texas. (Photo: B. Reichert)

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…

Tom Kessler

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.

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