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ILYSM Ep. 48: Jay B. Sauceda on turning a Twitter account into a successful company

In 2015, Jay B. Sauceda embarked on a seemingly impossible project: Fly over the entire border of Texas and photograph it. The assignment was for a Texas Monthly story, but this project reflected the photographer-designer-entrepreneur's passion for building a creative life with a purpose. 

As a guest on this week's episode of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," the La Porte native talked with co-hosts Tolly Moseley and Addie Broyles about how he went from being an editorial photographer to the owner of an T-shirt company with the help of a little ol' Twitter account, @TexasHumor, and why any conversation (or business or state) is better when we think of "us" and not "you" and "me."

Features editor Emily Quigley joined Addie and co-host Omar L. Gallaga to talk about summer books: what she's reading, what the Statesman staff recently recommended and why summer reading doesn't have to be light and fluffy. 

In this week’s Webb Report, Statesman online editor Eric Webb tells us whatever happened to Celebration Station, the birthday party paradise that so popular when he was a kid growing up in Austin in the 1990s. And after hearing the news of Hoeks Death Metal Pizza's recent closure, we decided to say goodbye to other Austin-area spots we’ve lost in a special “In Memoriam” segment.

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Emily also joined Addie and Omar for A Toast, our weekly recommendations segment. The longtime true crime fan suggested checking out a monthly podcast about haunted places and ghosts in Austin called "The Night Owl Podcast," which has included episodes on the Tavern and the Clay Pit. Loro Austin, the new restaurant from Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin on South Lamar Boulevard, is a new favorite spot for Omar, who recently stopped by on a Saturday afternoon for a brisket sandwich, karaage chicken and mango sake slushes. Addie found more warm fuzzies than she expected in "Making Fun: The Story of Funko," a documentary on Netflix about those popular bobblehead and Pop figurines that have inspired a generous, pop culture-loving community among the toys' fans. 

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