SmashCut Talk thumbnailI’ve been busy recording lectures and didn’t watch the Oscars, but there’s been a wee bit of a stir among my friends over the “rural Texas” comment. As one friend pointed out, Houston’s the fourth largest city in the US, and Austin is the eleventh.

I live in the real rural part of Texas, seventy miles from Austin, out where there might literally be more cows than people and the schools schedule holidays around major livestock shows. I’ve also lived in the Houston area. And I can tell you for sure: If there’s one thing Austin and Houston ain’t, it’s rural.

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