Idyll Generations: Sifting Through My Grandmother’s Bookshelves

Written by Anna Dolliver I spent my winter break surrounded by stories both spoken and concrete. Over the past few months, my grandmother has been sifting through and donating objects around her ranch to make more space. After decluttering cabinets with my mother and unearthing old records with my uncle, she invited me to help…

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Why The Picture of Dorian Gray Wants What Cardi B Has

Written by Sydney Stewart We live in a society. What does society, more specifically, our society, value? Money, senseless wealth, overt decadence. Humans stumble along, foolishly pursuing worthless treasure at the expense of their souls, yet, there are some who call out against the unstoppable tide of modern consumption and capitalism. One well-known critique of…

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“I Write Plays”: Walking Through The Terrence McNally Exhibit

Written by Kevin LaTorre I sign my name in the guestbook of the Harry Ransom Center when I visit the Terrence McNally exhibit for the second time. Alongside the academics and the Northerners and the enthusiasts, “UT Student” is a nondescript designation. If a stack of brochures had been available, I might’ve picked one up,…

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Three Literary Power Couples

Written by Christie Basson The 21st century loves a good power couple. From the unshakability of Michelle and Barack Obama to the creative genius of  Beyoncé and Jay-Z to the classic elegance Meghan and Harry — the masses have supported the coupling of powerful people for decades. Honestly, there is nothing better than two awesome…

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Poet, Lamp Designer, Artist: Why More People Should Read Mina Loy

Written by Anna Dolliver Perhaps the magic stems from the lyrical cadence of her words, the lattice of lines easily read in shifting orders and voices. Perhaps the intrigue emanates from the eccentric clothing she wore, a trash-to-treasure wardrobe filled with knickknacks crafted into composite art. Whatever the source, Mina Loy designs an ethereal, brazen…

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We Live in a Dystopian Prequel: Now What?

Written by Christie Basson Global warming. Women losing all reproductive rights. Technology encroaching on every aspect of our lives. A growing distaste for freedom of speech. Dystopia has never seemed more realistic.  So, what do we do when our day-to-day lives read like the prologue of a dystopian novel? If the popularity of The Handmaid’s…

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The Case for Video Games as a Compelling Form of Literature

Written by Sydney Stewart When someone mentions video games, you probably think immediately of games like Fortnite, Super Mario Bros., or Call of Duty – not exactly games with stories that would fit seamlessly in the pages of a book. However, I would say that it’s time to start considering video games as legitimate mediums…

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The Epistolary Form and Trauma in The Star of the Sea

Written by Kevin LaTorre Conventional views of literature value the immersive effect of a story, so much so that most writers would accept “believable world building” as a high compliment. But what happens when novelists choose to remind the reader that the pages are fiction, consciously devised by someone real? In that instance, the form…

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