In the weeks leading up to BlogathonATX we are featuring some informal introductions to our esteemed speakers and panelists. Get to know some of the personalities behind the talent!
Tolly Moseley is a culture writer based in Austin, Texas. Her work, with subjects ranging from prison wardens to naked yogis, has appeared in Salon, The Atlantic, and in the Austin American-Statesman, where she co-hosts the weekly culture podcast “Statesman Shots.” When she is not writing, she is a performing aerialist with the company Rapt Aerial Dance, and has opened for national acts such as Willie Nelson at ACL Live. Follow her at her blog, austineavesdropper.com.
1. What do you tell strangers when they ask you what you do?
I tell them I am a freelance writer and an aerial silks dancer, which means I spend half of my time making nice shapes in the air, and the other half hunched over a computer while my butt falls asleep.
2. What do you love most about Austin?
Our weird signage. The huge bicep sticking out of Hyde Park Gym on Guadalupe is basically what made me move here.
3. What is your favorite local restaurant, and why?
Too many to name! But Madam Mam’s always makes me extremely happy!
4. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Maybe Nashville? On ABC? But I don’t feel guilty about it.
5. Please name 3 blogs you read and enjoy on the regular.
I love, love Ruth Pennebaker’s blog, The Fabulous Geezersisters. Whenever I feel “stuck” as a writer, reading her gets me unstuck. Ditto Orangette, and Amy Merrick’s blog An Apple a Day, which hasn’t been updated in months but whose back catalogue is thick and beautiful.