ILYSM Ep. 31: Michael Barnes on Austin’s indelible history; Wendi Aarons on teaching humor

On this week's episode of "I Love You So Much," we bring back one of our favorite guests, Statesman culture writer Michael Barnes, who has recently released a new volume of "Indelible Austin: Selected Histories."

This is his second compilation of profiles and histories about everyday Austinites, neighborhoods, families, business owners and the many subcultures that, together, create our booming, vibrant city. In this interview with Michael explains how our creative class originally started, what UT was like two generations ago and the dawn of Austin's LGBTQ community.

Wendi Aarons, one of our favorite Austin humorists whose work appears in McSweeney's and other publications, has been teaching classes on humor writing, and she joined Tolly and Omar to explain how she hones her own skills and writing short jokes for Twitter is as fun as ever.

Wendi Aarons discusses teaching humor writing on an episode of the "I Love You So Much" podcast. (Omar L. Gallaga / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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