Each week there is a new issue. This doesn't help. New issues are pretty much the same, they begin the birthing process on Thursday (though preparation happens well in advance), they are delivered to the printer the following Wednesday.
The next day, Thursday, we start on the next one. This occurs all year. In July, with all external detail gone, it is as though we are lost in some huge Arctic snowstorm rather than just blanketed by endless heat.
We're also knee-deep in both our vacation schedule and preparation for the "Best of Austin" issue we'll publish in September. Kate X Messer is heading up the "Best Of" project.
Before the "Best Of" issue, we will have the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contest -- one of our most popular events of the year -- and the paper will celebrate its 15th Anniversary.
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contest has become a national event and it should be bigger than ever this year, with more salsas entered, and more folks visiting, dipping and tasting.
Expect much musings during September on the state of the Chronicle having achieved 15 years old (as well as the traditional Laguna Gloria show and who-knows-what special events). The once-street punk has become the emulated establishment... what is in store for this paper next? I'll muse as to who we were, what we thought we'd become, and what we are. As with any modern horror tale there'll be a lot of meandering personal meditation on the meaning of this and that, but you don't actually have to read this stuff unless you want to. At some point we may actually tell the whole Chronicle story, but then, out of kindness, we may not.
I no longer much write on staff comings and goings because the staff has become too large and I leave too much out. It is worth noting, however, that our adored Nisa Sharma has left, Lisa Taylor is the new production manager and very welcomed on board. Clay Smith is onboard as a proofreader again (he interned as a proofer before). The remarkable Christopher Gray, who must be lying about his age, has taken over Music Recommendeds. The good news is that this means Music Editor Raoul Hernandez will write more. Actor Matthew McConaughey taught Margaret Moser how to chew tobacco (many of us wish he hadn't). Everything is exactly the same with Nancy Schafer, for those who were wondering. There is no news.n