The Clip Joint

The Clip Joint :: Al Billings writes about his local barber in South Austin

sam happy

Sam the barber has been cutting my hair for a long time, usually a Marine boot-camp special. I’m always taken by how delicately balanced his operation is, moving constantly from one shop to another, currently trying to hold down his chair while the greedy Chinese woman who leases the building continues to give him less hours every week. We’re Sam’s people, and we cherish his presence. His expert…

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On this day, 45 years ago, this picture was taken.

On this day, 45 years ago, this picture was taken.

New on TOE :: Bean Burritos by Al Billings

The corner convenience store has gone through several owners, an aged Indian couple, an Arab, and a Pakistani man just settling in over the last few weeks.

New on TOE :: Bean Burritos by Al Billings

The corner convenience store has gone through several owners, an aged Indian couple, an Arab, and a Pakistani man just settling in over the last few weeks.

New piece on #TOE :: Buoyancy. Picture and words by Al Billings: http://wp.me/ppfdc-5Lb

She bobs along the surface, the camera’s lens straining to control the shimmering pixels. The wet hair, the relaxed bather, Matisse-like, iconic, monumental, a morning swim, classical grace and elegance.

New piece on #TOE :: Buoyancy. Picture and words by Al Billings: http://wp.me/ppfdc-5Lb

She bobs along the surface, the camera’s lens straining to control the shimmering pixels. The wet hair, the relaxed bather, Matisse-like, iconic, monumental, a morning swim, classical grace and elegance.

three hitherto unpublished poems

three hitherto unpublished poems by dom schwab

1. And so what if you receive attention?

Boy,
i am you.
Girl,
i am you.
Folks,
i am you.
& y’all are me.

i know not what i say or do.
Sometimes my thoughts are lost even to myself,
but if i can be heard, i will be honest:
i am lost, i think( or rather, i feel as though i am[ lost, that is]).
ok? ok.

This is the end of things unseen.
We are post-apocalyptic.

i am sinking; i’m in hell; this is…

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A3 Paper Cutter Review

A3 Guillotine Paper Cutter Product Review via TheOpenEnd

PRODUCT: 15″ Paper Trimmer, Guillotine and Cutter
FOUND HERE: The Display Outlet

The A3 Paper Cutter arrived promptly via UPS. Apart from a small tear in the box, the package weathered the delivery well. The A3 Paper Cutter comes ready to use, no extra parts loose in the box. This also means no instructions, but everyone knows how to use your basic guillotine paper cutter, right? Instructions…

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A Death In The Family

New TOE Post :: A Death In The Family by Al Billings http://theopenend.com/

house best

We’re barrelling along a highway in east Texas, headed for a funeral in Mansfield, Louisiana. Cross the Sabine River, and you’re driving through a state that Napoleon Bonaparte used to own. My wife has seized the steering wheel and contacted her inner Mario Andretti, so there’s a Take No Prisoners feel to the ride.

Somehow Louisiana already feels different than Texas, smoother, sexier, easier in…

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Why is Zero Plural?

Why is Zero Plural? via TheOpenEnd

Attached magnetically on the refrigerator in our kitchen:

a white board with a countdown written on it in black dry erase marker that says “1 DAY LEFT OF MIDDLE SCHOOL !!”

I think about erasing the “1″ and writing “0,” but then I’d also have to add an “S” to “DAY.”

“0 DAYS LEFT OF MIDDLE SCHOOL !!”

I realize something that is slightly confusing: 1 is singular and 0 is plural.

Immediately I think:…

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A quote (probably never quoted) from Franz Kafka, who died #onthisday 90 years ago ::

On June 2, 1916, Franz Kafka wrote in his diary: 2 June. What a muddle I’ve been in with girls, in spite of all my headaches, insomnia, grey hair, despair.

A quote (probably never quoted) from Franz Kafka, who died #onthisday 90 years ago ::

On June 2, 1916, Franz Kafka wrote in his diary: 2 June. What a muddle I’ve been in with girls, in spite of all my headaches, insomnia, grey hair, despair.

$350,000 for this? by Al Billings #Austin

Once they finely finish constructing these Condos, they’ll leave the trash for last: the bent pipes,the pooled gravel crunching under foot.

$350,000 for this? by Al Billings #Austin

Once they finely finish constructing these Condos, they’ll leave the trash for last: the bent pipes,the pooled gravel crunching under foot.