Topic: Austin Things

June 27, 2013

Skee-Ball originated on boardwalks, and has become component shorthand for a certain type of contemporary hipster caricature. It is, however, alive and well as a sport, and the fourth annual BEEB—the Super Bowl of skee-ball—was proof that it's a good deal more interesting and vital than any caricature.

November 27, 2012

The inaugural meeting between Austin and Formula One racing was exactly as strange as expected. But in Austin's strip clubs, at least, it made for three days of lucrative cultural exchange (and boners). Even the Quebecois couldn't ruin it.

November 21, 2012

Last weekend, Formula One racing returned to the United States in, of all places, Austin, Texas. The result was an epic self-satire of plutocratic excess, a boondoggle and, improbably, a pretty decent time.