There’s no hall of fame for Texas writers, but to the extent that they’ve got a comparable brass ring to reach for, it’s the Texas Institute of Letters’ Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement.
I don’t want to fight with a twenty-year-old fashion blogger.
A few months ago, I attended a party at a Dallas boutique. I don’t remember which designer the forty or so cool folks who were present that night were celebrating. I was distracted by a young woman outside who was smoking a Marlboro Light. I realized it was the redhead behind the personal-style blog Sea of Shoes, Jane Aldridge.
“WFAA’s News 8 Daybreak” sat down with 20 year-old “Sea of Shoes” blogger Jane Aldridge and TEXAS MONTHLY contributor Jason Sheeler, who profiles her in the April issue, this morning.
In addition to discussing Aldridge’s preference for living in Dallas and the fact that she can’t watch awards-show coverage (“I don’t have a TV…”) they have a laugh over Sheeler’s description of her having a “mean-girl tone.”
The Internet is about to get even snarkier. EnemyGraph, a Facebook plug-in developed by Dean Terry, director of the emerging media program at the University of Texas at Dallas, allows users to litter their wall with disdain instead of fandom.
The controversial “homeless hotspots” marketing and charity campaign at SXSW Interactive caught the attention of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who criticized the practice as “using vulnerable members of society as objects.”
A television show is pushing the right buttons if it distracts a presidential candidate from his campaign, as GCB–previously Good Christian Belles, and before that, Good Christian Bitches, based on the novel by Kim Gaitlin–has done with Newt Gingrich.
Whole Foods Market is wading into the publishing business and expanding its food-lifestyle empire to include a new digital monthly magazine called Dark Rye.
If you’d only ever read about the SXSW “Homeless Hotspots” program when the news first broke on Twitter (via the New York Times’ Tumblr) Sunday, you would have thought that it was dreamed up by a giant corporation, which sent its minions around Austin loading vagrants onto flatbed trucks, who were then surgically implanted with 4G Internet devices and forced to stand outside the Austin Convention Center wearing t-shirts that said, “I am a 4G hotspot.”
Only the t-shirt part was true.
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