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Austin Pop Culture

Get in an Austin state of mind by cracking open a Shiner Bock (brewed just 90 miles from Austin) or a Lone Star and watch "Slacker"—the sleeper hit from film director and Austinite Richard Linklater that’s all about spending an aimless day in Austin. Continue on the Linklater tribute with "Dazed and Confused"—which was shot mostly in Austin and starred a very young Matthew McConaughey as the head stoner in the movie. Don’t forget "Office Space," the hilarious flick by Austinite Mike Judge, or a few episodes of Judge’s "Beavis and Butt-Head."

Crack open a few more Shiners—and crank up the tunes, starting with Stevie Ray Vaughan, especially "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood," Jimi Hendrix’s "Little Wing" and "The Sky is Crying." Move on to Willie Nelson and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "On the Road Again" and "Always on My Mind," and then Bob Schneider’s "Lonelyland" and "I’m Good Now" CDs. Check out a concert DVD of the Austin City Limits television show tapings from 30 years of the show, featuring such diverse artists as Merle Haggard, Norah Jones, Widespread Panic, Coldplay, David Byrne, Ghostland Observatory, and more.

Finally, settle in a comfortable chair and page through "It’s Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong; "Bushwhacked" by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose; or "Direct From Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry" by Michael Dell; "The Gates of the Alamo" by Stephen Harrigan; or "Straight from the Heart: My Life in Politics and Other Places" by Ann Richards. And welcome to Austin!

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