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The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic: A "Walk" in Austin (Crown Journeys Series)

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  229 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Kinky Friedman, the original Texas Jewboy, takes us on a rollicking, rock-and-rolling tour of his favorite city: Austin.
Maybe you want to know which restaurant President Bush rates as his favorite Austin burger joint. Or maybe you want a glimpse of Willie Nelson's home life (hint: Willie plays a lot of golf). Perhaps you want to get the best view of the Mexican free-tail
Hardcover, 140 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Crown Publishers (first published 1996)
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Warren Gossett
Feb 13, 2015 Warren Gossett rated it liked it
I read this book in one day. It is only 138 pages but it held my interest enough to keep me reading and reading till I finished. It is a book of humour written 10 years ago by Richard "Kinky" Friedman. It is styled as a guide to his adopted city of Austin, Texas. I lived in America for 30 years before moving to Australia but never experienced the mystique of Texas except for a week at a mystical religious convention. Of course, Friedman is best known as the songwriter and singer of Kinky Friedma ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Roisin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very funny, honest, amusing and enlightening short guide to Austin Kinkster style. He talks about history, fable, places, music, clothes, food with an enthusiasm and joy. Some of his politics, and mingling with a George Bush? Pass! Mr Friedman equates the legalisation of guns with the reduction of crime. Evidence please? Yet he champions independent and feminist book stores, counter culture, the unusual and the just plain weird.

There is even a glossary, word search and 'Are You New Austin Or O
May 28, 2009 Hilary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Townes v Z
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009
This was a short, enjoyable read that never left me bored. The Kinkster's writing style was the main appeal of the book; jokes and questionable statements came far out of left field and left you wondering exactly what you had read at times.

The highlights of the book included his theory of Eagle Scout's all become mass-murderers, the fact you should never trust a man named either Charles or Wayne, and his various rants on Willie Nelson.

As a travel book it was light and informative. I'd really li
May 27, 2010 Marsha rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful travel guide to Austin. Now that I've been living in Austin for almost a year, I particularly enjoy the author's tips and inside reflections about the city and the people who live here. For instance, he wrote, "Be sure you have a favorite football team. Be sure it is the Texas Longhorns." This is the University of Texas football team and people who live here are diehard fans. Friedman wrote, "Practice saying that you are going to Austin for vacation, rather than Texas. Austin ...more
Marilyn Brooks
Dec 30, 2014 Marilyn Brooks rated it liked it
Kinky is a fun and funny conversational style writer. A lot of the information in this book is still good though it is ten years old. A lot of history is preserved by someone who knew the players. A quick and enjoyable read for folks interested in Austin.
Nov 09, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok
It's weird. Which I would assume the writer would take pleasure in. But assumes a lot of the reader which can be good, but also is also just confusing. It's not awful, but it sure isn't good.
Joshua Friedman
Jan 02, 2015 Joshua Friedman rated it really liked it
Part Austin guidebook, part Kinky Friedman self-congratulatory propaganda. I can't wait to visit Austin!
Due for a reread, hoping it's still relevant. Kinky was the first person I ever voted for.
Mar 08, 2015 Soubhi rated it did not like it
Instead of learning a bunch about fun places to go in Austin, I learned a lot about how big the author's ego is and how funny he isn't. I found the tone of this book supremely annoying. I can't finish it.
Mary Newcomb
In case I ever get to Austin, I feel prepared to visit the more interesting parts of the city. Listening to the Kinkster's tales is always an experience and adventure, this is no exception.
Funny book
Nov 02, 2010 Kay rated it liked it
Enjoyed what I read of it (about half) but then got sidetracked when I returned from Austin and never had a compelling reason to finish it. I'll go back to it before my next trip to Austin, which will probably be in October (2011). Friedman is one of a kind, a genu-wine character.
Jun 14, 2012 Mintymedley rated it liked it
I know it is difficult to get in to travel books that don't have handy maps or any photos but I would recommend this one to anyone thinking about heading to Austin Tx for any amount of time. The author has a sarcastic humor that keeps you going through all the descriptions.
Jul 21, 2015 Anetq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fulldeck
Might have been more interesting if I was more into Kinky Friedman, as it was as much about him as about Austin. However at times it was also a fun tour of Austin, and I will have to check out some of the eating advice next time I'm in Austin.
Sherry (sethurner)
Nov 02, 2008 Sherry (sethurner) rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, travels
I listened to this one on CD, read by Mr. Friedman himself. His deadpan Texas drawl made it for me. Basically this is a tour of Austin, complete with juicy bits of history and side trips to watering holes and music halls. Lots of fun.
Jul 12, 2011 Karla rated it liked it
Our son has lived in Austin for a few years now and we visit at least annually. I decided to read this book as a travel guide and was pleasantly surprised by the stories and humor the author adds to a city he obviously loves.
Feb 10, 2008 Ginger rated it it was amazing
Pay no attention to the other reviewers, anyone who has a place for Austin in their heart will love this book! Kinky Friedman provides an intimate portrait of Austin from the 60s to the 90s.
Jun 24, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
I got thise audio book from the library and put it on my ipod to listen to during dog walks and it's actually good. It's got a lot of fun Austin history and trivia in it. I'm really enjoying it.
a guide to austin from the kinkster's point of view.... if i ever find myself in america, i'll definitely have to go through austin and look for willie's bus...
Oct 19, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography-memoir
This little book makes you slog through a lot of Chamber of Commerce Austin promotion BS to get to the few zingers by Kinky.
Feb 19, 2012 Robin rated it liked it
This is a tour of Austin TX with history, anecdotes, restaurant reviews. Always humorous, Kinky sells the city!
May 03, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
The raunch and misogyny I've come to expect from the Dream Governor of Texas, plus really good restaurant tips.
Jun 20, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Tips on cool things to do in Austin. We went to some of the restaurants he recommended, and we liked them.
Apr 08, 2008 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, travel, humor
Wow, what a cool way to learn about Austin. It makes me want to take several trips there right away.
Jan 23, 2014 Brady rated it liked it
Just a quick read with some fun, historical Austin info. Love Kinky's writing.
Jun 23, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Olivia
Shelves: travel
I read this before a trip to Austin, and it was a definite bonus to the trip.
Gwen Bartlett
Enjoyed his descriptions of famous people from Austin. Very funny!
Jan 02, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Austin transplants
Recommended to Kate by: PCL
"Remember, happiness, like Texas, is a highly transitory state."
Aug 10, 2012 Russ rated it liked it
I should like to book a trip to Austin now please.
Chris Boyles
Sep 20, 2013 Chris Boyles rated it really liked it
A fun read on my (possible) future home.
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Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the six-person race.

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