Every year, The Austin Chronicle solicits readers’ and critics’ assessments of Austin’s best institutions: restaurants, bars, swimming holes, museums, publications, and more. This year, the publication lists the Department of American Studies’ own The End of Austin as one of 2014’s best publications, naming it the “Best Place to Rise Above the Old Austin vs. New Austin Fray.”
Here’s what The Austin Chronicle had to say about the project:
“An online magazine originating in UT’s American Studies department, TEOA is an engaging mélange of written and visual material devoted to our city’s anxiety about itself. It’s also a hodgepodge of surprises: A meditation on the state surplus store and history of civic racism both suit it well. And while the quarterly’s contributors emigrated mostly after 1995, they’re more invested in the mythology than earlier cranks – see expatriate professor Barry Shank’s corrective, “Cities Do Not Have Souls” – who rein in the nostalgia and validate newcomers. That makes it a most interesting place to drop in on the dialogue – which, like Barton Springs, is eternal.”
Congratulations to the members of the editorial board for this honor, and see The End of Austin to learn more about “our city’s anxiety about itself.”
The End of Austin was founded in Fall 2011 as a pilot project within Dr. Randolph Lewis’s “Documenting America” graduate seminar. The site relaunched as an extracurricular digital humanities project in Winter 2013 and is currently collecting submissions for its sixth issue. In addition to Dr. Lewis, members of the editorial board include American Studies graduate students Carrie Andersen, Sean Cashbaugh, Ashlyn Davis, Brendan Gaughen, Julie Kantor, and Emily Roehl. For more information about the project’s development, see The End of Austin‘s press page.
For more information, contact the editorial board at firstname.lastname@example.org.