World War III

January 8, 2020

Vietnam: Getting In / Getting Out

July 26, 2019

The Rent Horse Kid

June 16, 2019

Never Another / Roky Erickson, R.I.P.

June 13, 2019

Ventura at 4AM / THIS USA: Origins

July 12, 2018

From the Oil Patch to the Sun: Nick Russell's Early Photography

October 18, 2017

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August 23, 2018

As loath as I am to relate stories that may be lacking in veracity, I feel compelled to share this narrative. Very recently, an acquaintance of mine known as Travis Redfish approached me with a tale so astonishing, I knew not wh...

May 16, 2018

Smitty’s Salvage

15 Acres Used Parts 

Foreign and Domestic 

We Pay Cash for Cars 

U Pull — We Pull 

Call 313 - JUNK

Depictions of engine blocks and brake drums added a decorative touch to the billboard, as did a cartoon computer with ...

February 18, 2018

Leo Martin was lost, driving in the mountains at four in the morning with the car rapidly running out of gas. While Bob, leaning against the passenger side window, his head back and his mouth open, was no longer just snoring, he...

January 18, 2018

At long last, here is the second part of Bob Brown's latest Shag Clutter misadventure!

Continued from Part One:...

November 28, 2017

Burt stormed out of his manufactured home, leaving his wife in bed puking into a trashcan and twin four-year-olds bawling at each other across the dinette because they wanted Coco Puffs and the milk had curdled.  Tiffany’s nause...

October 19, 2017

Pete Ross was driving through the countryside from Austin to Marble Falls. The well-worn two-lane farm roads with their cracks and chuckholes patched and re-patched with streaks and globs of thick black tar reflected memories of...

July 17, 2017

When Shag tapped on Wally Draigle’s trailer-house door one cold December afternoon, Wally turned off the TV and sat very still, hoping his visitor would go away.  It didn’t work.  Shag kept knocking.  Finally, Wally opened the d...

April 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered about the background of panhandlers? I have. That’s why I recently invited a bearded hobo to join me for lunch at my favorite hamburger joint. The unlikely name of the homeless wanderer is Juarez Smythe-J...

March 31, 2017

Susan! Susan, I know you’ll never hear this – Oh God! I don’t even know if you’re still alive. Please forgive me. What has he done (sobbing)? What have I done? There was no way I could stop him. Short of murder. Honest! I never...

January 31, 2017

“Tickets to the opera!” cried Randal Paxton, holding them up for all to see.  His employees applauded and cheered, a reaction as forced as his delight in receiving the gift.  He shushed everyone and removed a card from its envel...

    “B-Baby doll,” said Mary, stuttering with cold, “if you were to buy me a b-bottle, I’d share with you.”

     “Buy your own and I’ll share with you,” said Shag.  

    They were huddled beneath a ra...

July 20, 2016

Excerpted from the novel SLAP NOIR (


At 4:13 AM, Police Chief Brady Blackstock left the scene of the explosion, Hull’s Texaco, and followed a trail of blood. The light from the burning gas pu...

June 19, 2016

Excerpted from the novel SLAP NOIR (         

The King lived. The Beatles ruled. Wires tethered telephones to walls. Dials changed channels. DNA and HIV were random groups of letters. Mos...

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'Round the 'Net

A mob of the MAGA persuasion

Conducted a statehouse invasion.

Though heavily armed,

They parted unharmed,

And that's how you know they're Caucasian.

Poster Artist

Micael Priest

A Short Film

by Bob Simmons

Micael Priest's work was one of the hallmarks of a special time in Austin. He made the art that drew the crowds to hear the music that made a city. He made us all a little richer just by strokes of a pen


to see the Film

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