Austin on the page

In an article in the August Harper’s about atrazine and its effects on male frogs (“It’s Not Easy Being Green,” byline William Souder), we learn of a complaint citing “the Barton Springs salamander, an endangered amphibian that is known to live only in a spring-fed pool in a park in downtown Austin, Texas. Water samples collected in Austin by the U.S. Geological Survey show that when it rains, atrazine from grass treatment contaminates the salamander’s habitat in concentrations that are sometimes greater than .5 ppb.”….The September / October issue of Mother Jones lists eleven voting horror stores, and Travis County is one (“Just Try Voting Here: 11 of American’s Worst Places to Cast a Ballot [or Try To]”, byline Sasha Abramsky). Go to instance number 6…..In that same issue of MoJo, in an article on immigration issues, we read of “a fashionable bar on South Congress in Austin, a strip for hip tourists who ooze money.” Just what bar could that be? The article is called “Exodus: Border-Crossers Forge a New America” (byline Charles Bowden). Enoteca? It had to be someplace where a conversation could be conducted. Or maybe the ever-so-fashionable Trophy’s in the daytime?. . . .In a review of Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics, by John Gennari, what’s described as “the central coup of the book” was unearthed in the HRC archives (Ross Russell papers) at UT (The Nation, October 2, 2006, “Music of My Mind,” byline David Yaffe)…..October Vogue cover subject and sometimes Austinite Sandra Bullock is reported to be opening a “bistro” soon in Austin. If I’ve heard about this, I don’t remember. Other Austin-y subjects come in for a mention, including the ill-fated house, a certain jewelry-design business, and a certain ice-cream establishment. The movie Infamous, about Truman Capote, Harper Lee (played by Bullock), and others in their circle, employs Austin as a stand-in location for Kansas, no doubt because of Austin’s flatland qualities. Or is Kansas hilly?. …..So Annn Richards, Kinky, Don Walser, Dell, Freescale, ethics, and other topics are drawing national attention, but Austin’s out there in the details as well.

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