July|August 2017 Good Reads

Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir

by Eddie Wilson, with Jesse Sublett

The year was 1975 when Threadgill’s owner Eddie Wilson created Armadillo World Headquarters in an old, abandoned National Guard armory. It would become one of Austin’s most influential music venues, where the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, and more once played. More than 50 years later, Wilson recalls the lively history
of the venue that helped shape the Live Music Capital of the World.



This Land: An American Portrait

by Jack Spencer

Starting in 2003, photographer Jack Spencer traveled across 48 states and more than 80,000 miles, just trying to make sense of the world after 9/11. He set out “in hopes of making a few ‘sketches’ of America in order to gain some clarity on what it meant to be living in the nation” at that moment in time. After 13 years on the road, Spencer took his snapshots and created This Land, offering a fresh perspective on a healing nation.



Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

by Zeynep Tufekci, MA ’99, Phd ’03

With the rise of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, the ability to reach people has its share of both positives and negatives. Zeynep Tufekci, a self-styled “techno-sociologist,” makes that case in her new book, taking a deeper look at the internet-fueled social movements of today. She details how the internet spurred the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, helped users organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, and led to the refusal of using bullhorns in the Occupy movement that started in New York.



Wait Till You See Me Dance

by Deb Olin Unferth

After more than 10 years of publishing short stories in publications like Granta, Harper’s, and McSweeney’s, UT associate English professor Deb Olin Unferth presents Wait Till You See Me Dance, a collection of her dark and witty works. Each tale is full of unexpected twists and turns, taking readers through an exaggerated reality, rid of heroes and full of weirdos.





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