Rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Austin Journal: Two-Stepping
photograph by Hallie Cohen
is a saying placed above the counter at a very good Austin gelato place, Dolce Neve: "We
do it in front of everyone." And here is another one decorating the porch
of a charming gingerbread sized house in the parking lot in back of the
Veracruz All Natural Food Truck which has great tacos: "No zealots
allowed." It's not that there are city ordinances regarding the content of
homilies but both reflect a liberal spirit that can be almost edgy at times. After
all Austin is the home of SXSW and The University of Texas and
the writing as they say is on the wall in terms of a burgeoning sensibility in
which both ideas and maxims are tested. New York, LA and Boston are all liberal
albeit larger university towns but there's something about Austin that places old verities in new contexts, stretching and shifting paradigms along the way. Oh and on Saturday night if you want to do some good ole fashioned two-stepping to a live honky tonk band, hit the The White Horse in East Austin.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.