JAR­DINE LIBAIRE

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WHO: Austin-based author whose new book, White Fur, was re­leased May 30 by Pen­guin Ran­dom House to rave re­views. WEL­COME TO THE JUN­GLE: “I love the Orig­i­nal Pin­ballz Ar­cade (8940 Re­search Blvd, 512-420-8458; pin­bal­lzarcade.com). Who can re­sist a Fri­day night play­ing a '94 Guns N' Roses pin­ball ma­chine, win­ning stuffed an­i­mals, and los­ing all track of time like I was 15 again? Not me.” DI­VINE DECA­DENCE: “The res­tau­rant/bar at Jus­tine’s Brasserie (4710 E. Fifth St., 512-385-2900; justines1937.com) is no se­cret, but the par­ties there have an un­der­ground, up­side-down beauty I love—from Bush­wick Bill rap­ping in the gar­den to a punk Bastille Day to a snow ma­chine for a Rus­sian for­est made of re­cy­cled Christ­mas trees. Fol­low Jus­tine’s on Face­book for party an­nounce­ments.” DOLLED UP: “Where can you get ne­ces­si­ties like blood-or­ange per­fume, rain­bow lashes, and se­quined high-waisted shorts? At the mag­i­cal Coco Co­quette (2109 E. Ce­sar Chavez St., 512344-9173; coco-co­quette.com) bou­tique on the East Side, which cor­rectly bills it­self as the love child of Marie An­toinette and John Wa­ters.” BACK TO NA­TURE: “Last week at The Lady Bird John­son Wild­flower Cen­ter (4801 La Crosse Ave., 512-232-0100; wild­flower.org), I watched a cater­pil­lar spin its first silk, start­ing a co­coon that would shel­ter its me­ta­mor­pho­sis into a silk moth. Th­ese gar­dens help me get re­ori­ented to life.”

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