I have started three drafts of a blog post in the last week. Clearly none of them have made it very far. I won’t bore you with the topics that didn’t quite make the cut. Instead I’ll talk about other ridiculous things.
You know how when you plan something out of town, everything exciting that is ever going to occur happens at the same time? I’m going out of town for two weeks in October (to get married- Ah!) and so many awesome things are happening. I realize that my activity is better than all the other activities but I’m still annoyed at the timing. Here’s what I would do if I was going to be in town:
See Neil Patrick Harris at Bookpeople
In case you’re questioning my love for NPH please go here and here.
Check out Caroline Chocolate Drops at the Belmont
Go to Texas Book Festival
Last year I saw Sherman Alexie speak and it was one of those moments where everything you believe is reaffirmed. Like this guy that you’ve admired and followed is just as cool as you thought he’d be. It was like that.
Here’s an interview so that you can learn a little about him.
Watch An Evening with Lena Dunham (also if it wasn’t sold out)
She’s a young woman who has had so much acclaim and controversy so early. It absolutely fascinates me. Check out New York Times’ review of her book.
Oh, but then I would also go out of town and go to Black Pot Festival. Since I first came to Austin everyone has been telling me how cool it is. These guys told me about it:
So you should go. Cause I’m busy.
Sometimes I need a reminder that I really love books. That may seem ridiculous but in a world where with sites like Pinterest and Netflix, I get distracted. Sometimes I forget that I’m midway through Beach Music by Pat Conroy right now because when I got home from work and my mind was totally dead I opened a beer and my laptop so I could zone out to Orange is the New Black. Damn you sexy dark comedies! (Don’t deny your crush on Laura Prepon’s character Alex.) But next week comes one of the those much needed reminders- the Texas Book Festival! The Texas Book Festival is a two day festival celebrating literature. There’s opportunities to listen to authors read, get books signed, see cooking demonstrations and listen to great local music!
Since I moved to Austin I’ve wanted to volunteer with the Festival. This year I am! You can help out too! Volunteers are still needed. Just check out the Texas Book Festival’s volunteer page.
If you like your literature with excitement… and beer, check out the LitCrawl. The LitCrawl puts authors in more relaxed, intimate situations such as doing readings at local bars around Austin. But they do even more than that by hosting things like Nerd Jeopardy or Sexist Bingo with authors participating in these as well. My first year in Austin I saw Chuck Palahniuk! Maybe you’ll want to relive your childhood and listen to R.L. Stine do a reading in a graveyard. (Not my childhood. I was so scared of Goosebumps that I had to sit in the hallway during classroom reading time.) Pretty cool!
So do you love books? Like, really love books? Then you probably need to check it out.
So many books… Where to start?
There are some weekends that I really feel like I am taking Austin for granted. I don’t take advantage of any of the Austin activities or beautiful places. I just do normal weekend things, like errands. Terrible.
Not this weekend! Friday I went to a CD release party at Waterloo Records(can we say Austin icon?) sponsored by Koke-FM for Mike and the Moonpies. The Alaskan boyfriend lived with a couple of the guys from this band last year and before I worked a crazy work schedule I stayed out way too late watching the Moonpies play at various Austin venues. They are a great band for two-stepping and fun to watch in general.
Saturday, after I finished getting supplies for my Halloween costume (denim shirt and red lipstick-looking good Rosie the Riveter!) we hit up the “Gettin’ Sauced” BBQ festival at Hops and Grains brewery. I don’t think I’d ever had one of their fine beers before but I am a fan now. They were giving out 3 free beers at the brewery that I’m guessing were 2o oz each. B-I-G fan. Delish. We also got some free swag just by walking around and talking to vendors. For $10 we couldn’t eaten a lot of BBQ but at the time we thought we’d save our money. Mistake.
We decided to continue our journey by bus to Independence Brewery where they were having their 4th anniversary party. Their cups were significantly smaller, but their beer delicious.
Sunday started with a visit to Frankenbike. Frankenbike is a swap meet for bikes, parts and accessories. Today was at Clown Dog bikes and featured all sorts of great parts. I didn’t end up buying anything although I saw a great bike jersey. It was very plain except for the bike where it reads “You’re still behind me.” I could use that.
Next stop: Texas Book Festival. The two authors I really wanted to see cancelled which was a real bummer. Instead of seeing any authors speak we just walked around and looked at booths. Not quite as satisfying but I still enjoyed being around so many people who cared deeply about literature. I mean those folks are people whose livelihood or at least passion depends on books. To those people, I admire and envy you. I wish I could maintain passion for anything well enough to have some follow through. Currently, even my blog is clearly suffering from a lack of dedication. Also, the fact that I’m currently battling with my Internet. (I’m losing.)
So, this weekend I’ve taken full advantage of my city. I hope wherever you are, you have too!