Archive for April, 2009

How Ever will Austin, TX, avoid a “St. Louis-style decline”?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Why, by voting for Brewster McCracken of course! In this campaign video, the Austin mayoral candidate succeeds in both gently peddling fear and taking the absolute piss out of St. Louis, MO. According to Brewster, whose name is funny I don’t care what you say, the future of his city holds two distinct options: “The Austin Model or the St. Louis slide”.

Though one might wonder how the vacant condominium towers poking awkwardly out of Austin’s skyline fit into this model.
UPDATE: St. Louis’s Fox 2 News contributes this marvelous piece of journalism, in which everyday folks in Forest Park react to a laptop viewing of the video above. Brewster gets toasted like YOU KNOW WHAT (ravioli).

“With a Tangled Skein is a fantasy novel by Piers Anthony. It is the third of eight books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.”

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Here’s to men who have bachelor parties and make pins to hand out to each other at the party, and also hand to strangers at the bar. Pins with the groom’s face on them, mustached, cross-eyed. Here’s to the pin ripping my shirt when i forgot about it and took off my shirt and the pin ripped it a little.

It is not a bad rip. And also here’s to baby showers where couples go together, even though baby showers are very obviously an event designed for women exclusively, i think. Except once I did feel left out, i think it was jabari’s shower couples shower years ago, and rob and tim went and i remember thinking: fuck this. it was a party and i was sitting somewhere else.

Los angeles tomorrow, a car and everything. Pomona College my old college, my dear fair old school on Wednesday Crookshank Hall if you’re around.

The Senescent Sportscaster Validates His Legend Between Pitches

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The following comes to me by way of a kindhearted and funny man named Courtney, a friend of a friend who also happens to be a Cubs fan but that’s okay, taken I believe from Will Leitch’s blog. Vin Scully speaking on behalf of the Dodgers regarding the fate of Angels’ pitcher Nick Adenhart:

Nick, from Maryland, had pitched six scoreless innings and was in a car with three friends, and a driver apparently went through a red light and T-boned the car, killing three of the four, including Nick, and one other member is in critical condition. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years — and I haven’t learned much — but the one thing I’ve learned: Don’t even waste your time trying to figure out life.

Ground ball through for Andre Ethier and life continues for those who still have it. And with a leadoff single, Russell Martin will be coming up.

Wings, Flies

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Todd Dills, Birminghamian and author of Sons of the Rapture and editor of The 2nd Hand, recently conducted a nice email back-and-forth with me about The Slide. Today he’s posted the interview. In it we discuss titles, city / county tensions, Bolaño, and white vans.