Category: Essay and Opinion

Coming of age in a time of youth

It’s one thing to be aware that you won’t live forever. It’s quite another to be made aware of your own mortality amid the youth-inspired bedlam of South by Southwest. It’s taken me a...

Life in Latvia

Not every American who travels abroad visits this tiny capital, much less gets here two summers in a row. Yet having briefly worked for a newspaper in the region — and having friends in...

At least Iceland’s rich in talent

It’s not often that you get a chance to sit down with rock stars from Iceland for a long chat about economics. But at South By Southwest, anything can happen. Iceland’s economy suffered a...

Is it Latvia…or ACL?

Editors’ note: Back in July, Austinist writer Anna Hanks visited Latvia and attended the PostivusAB Festival there. She reports her findings here, to you, in the ever-rarer first narrative format. Enjoy. Earlier this summer...

Wear For Art Thou, Outfit?

Every Wednesday on Austinist we feature one of our multitude of ridiculously talented writers, writing written things for your eyes to consume. The opinions expressed by the writer are strictly their own, and are...

For me, the holidays are just ho-ho-hum

Stopping by a friend’s house the day after Thanksgiving, I was amazed by both her lavishly ornamented tree and her breezy declaration of the Christmas colors she was considering for next year. Despite the...