Welcome to the 18th 'Best of Austin' Issue
Meanwhile, I can only try to guess what it might have said if it were here, on this, the occasion of the 18th "Best of Austin" issue. No doubt it would have wished you fond welcome to the treats to be found in this special issue (starting here), with a gentle reminder that this is not, and does not pretend to be, a definitive list. It's not the 351 best things in Austin, but it is 351 things that each represent some of the best the city has to offer – a sampling of the people and places that make Austin what it is.
And a reminder, too, that the "BoA" comes in two distinct halves: a Readers Poll, which is a straightforward popularity contest, in defined categories (195 of them this year, a new record), and the somewhat more idiosyncratic Critics Picks (156 of them this time out), which are basically our staff's answer to the question, "Hey, what are some cool things that have been going on around town that deserve a little recognition?" (And, to head off a few of the letters that are going to arrive next week anyway – yes, we did just make up that category to fit the winner.)
Lastly, I have to remark that 18 years is a hell of a long time to do anything in this life. "Have to" because it provides the neat segue into plugging our newly spiffed-up "BoA" online (austinchronicle.com/bestofaustin), where you can search or browse through all 18 years of "Best of Austin" awards and get a pretty good dose of plus ça change ...
Looking back at that first 1990 "BoA" for instance, some things seem forever ago (Most Dreaded Future Resident: Clayton Williams); others seem like they haven't changed at all – from the very first crop of Food & Drink winners, for example, 22 of the 27 winners are still around, 17 years later.
And then, really lastly, to the staff who produced this issue, and the people and organizations included in it, a hearty thanks for the work you do and the community you make. Hope you enjoy it.
"Page Two" will return next week.
Mr. Smarty Pants, Fri., May 17, 2013
Kate X Messer, Fri., May 17, 2013
Gerald E. McLeod, Fri., May 17, 2013
Fri., May 17, 2013
Michael Ventura, Fri., May 17, 2013
Nick Barbaro, Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
Nick Barbaro, Fri., Sept. 3, 2010
Nick Barbaro, Fri., Aug. 27, 2010
Nick Barbaro, Fri., Sept. 25, 2009
Funniest Person In Austin 2013 at Cap City Comedy Club
Mind Over Music at The Palm Door
American Milkshake at Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Texas State History Museum
Finding Rail Route Complicated Michael King, in “The Reading Railroad”, while making valuable points, seems to state that finding an initial route for urban ...
Problems Facing Mueller Neighborhood leaders and members past and present of the city of Austin's Robert Mueller Advisory Commission (RMAC) deserve credit for ...
People Are the Real Mueller Story Through various media, we are subjected to stories of Mueller: the construction project. While that can be appreciated, Mueller's true ...
Keeping Austin Weird Things that keep Austin weird: 1) belief that one needs a train to get from UT to the state Capitol; ...
More Women on the Cover, Please How about putting a woman on the cover once in a while? The last eight issues have all featured men ...
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