Mark Lisanti in Austin


You can’t buy a cup of coffee without being i-busked on behalf of a mobile app that will needlessly mediate the cash-for-caffeine transaction in return for a $5 credit and access to your credit card number. (As a loyal Starbucks Rewards member I find this offer insane and obscene; this soul has already been bought and paid for with free syrup pumps and the promise of tiny gold stars tumbling into a virtual cup like hamster pellets into a dirty cage.)

So you’re probably sick of hearing about SXSW, but the always funny Mark Lisanti has a fun Grantland piece about spending three days in Austin. And oh, do I know about those tiny gold stars.

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