Articles by Brandon Roberts

  1. Racing Towards a Crash

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    Four of us were living in a one bedroom apartment. Shoreline Apartments, which used to be located off East Riverside just past I-35, was mostly full of poor Mexican families who probably had less money and were packed in even tighter than us.

    The complex was a pile of crap ...

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  2. Anything for a Clean Slate

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    Getting busted with drugs is easy—just jump in a car with ‘em. But that doesn’t stop any of my friends from carrying their drugs everywhere they go. I have one friend who keeps this little Pokémon ball ashtray in his car full of weed. It sits right next ...

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  3. Attacking Austin

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    Instead of splatting the cockroach against the crack of the wall and mopping him up later, I stared, frozen. Another cockroach straight from hell. Ridiculously giant, too. With its antennae feeling around all on their own, it watched me for the next move.

    I could feel my pulse hard. If ...

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  4. A Criminal Christmas

    I’ve heard that, for the cops, the holidays are the busiest time of the year. And for a cop, a busy holiday season actually means extreme chaos on the streets of Austin and in its stores. Instead of giving you the same report of “shoplifters being held at Walmart ...

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  5. Traffic is Hell

    Illustration by local tattoo artist Justin Winter

    A couple weeks ago I rolled through a stop sign, coming out of the heavily-Hispanic Southport Drive apartment complex neighborhood, and got pulled over. The stop sign at the intersection of Southport Dr. and Banister Ln. is buried in trees. You can’t see around the corner until you’re ...

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