Keep On Keepin' It Weird

RECEIVED Sun., Feb. 10, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Austin is losing its weird. It seems not a week goes by that some beloved landmark is getting closed down or bulldozed.
    We need to start recognizing especially weird things by giving out yearly awards. How about the "KAWAs" (Keep Austin Weird Awards) or the "WAWAs" (We Are Weird Austin). There could be a bunch given out every year for various people, places, things, unclassifiables, etc., along with a few yearly inductees to the "Weird Hall of Fame." Who should go in first? Maybe Leslie, Eeyore's Birthday Party, or the Cathedral of Junk? Having readers vote yearly would be one way to do it, and maybe a panel of resident weirdos too.
    Yeah, I know you probably groan at the prospect of another "Special Issue" where you have to count ballots, but it seems like the Chronicle is the most logical place for this kind of idea. Seriously, we have to start recognizing that weirdness is good and worth preserving, before it's all normalled away.
Sincerely,
Chris Jones
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