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Weird City: Sense of Place and Creative Resistence in Austin, Texas

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A cultural geographic exploration of the many avenues of resistance that Austinites have taken to maintain their sense of cultural identity.
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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Aaron Arnold
The worst person in the world is the Houstonian who moved to Austin one year ago complaining about the Californian who moved here one month ago. Austinites, no matter our origin prior to arriving at what it is indisputably the greatest city in the world, love having strong opinions about our city almost even more than actually living here. This is a good look at those opinions, which are firmly held even, or especially, when they make no sense at all. Though its origin as a grad school thesis bu ...more
Laura Roberts
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Describing the weirdness of Austin, past and present, and the wheres and whyfores of how the city came to unofficially adopt the motto "Keep Austin Weird." Very insightful, and a must-read for anyone who's been wondering what exactly makes Austin so weird. ...more
Lauren
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
An account of the reactions of Austenites to the growth, development, and gentrification in Austin. There were some interesting anecdotes (I liked learning about Las Manitas, the 'dillo, Treaty Oak) but even seven years after publication, I feel like most of the content was nothing different than what you hear talking to people about their opinion of Austin today. ...more
Marshall
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't imagine this being of much interest to someone who hasn't lived here for at least a few years--this certainly isn't a visitor's guide.

You will find interesting interviews with the folks who run The Mean-Eyed Cat and Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse (people I know in real life) and insight into the local politics and ordinances these and other small businesses have to contend with to stay true to their visions.

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Laurel
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it
A good overview of how Austin's tried to preserve its weirdness, and some discussion of what it is exactly that we don't want to lose. Clearly a dissertation --> book thing, but entertainingly written with lots of interviews with "Old Austin" people. (One caveat: UT Press, time to step up your proofreading.) ...more
Timothy
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading for Austin residents; academic geography written on a non-academic level. It is a bit thin and repetitive, so I'd probably downgrade it to three stars for those without a vested interest in the subject. ...more
Matt
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic for those looking for a trip back through some defining Austin moments, and potential glimpses into the future. Definitely academic styled, so that could be a hurdle for some readers (just read more and get over yourselves), but well worth it in all respects.
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