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Neither Fearful nor Fearless

Written by Neelesh Rathi. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – Fear is, more than anything else — more than paralyzing, more than misery-inducing — fleeting, and then frustrating.  It’s frustrating because it’s fleeting.  Fear doesn’t last — the paralysis and misery don’t last — which means after it passes, for however long it stays away, we’re left frustrated with ourselves. Why did […]

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You Can’t Kill the Undead: The Twilight Renaissance in 2019

Written by Frida Silva. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – When the Twilight films first started being released, expressing any positive feelings for the movies meant enduring endless shame and online harassment. Just like any other pop culture phenomenon with a fan base consisting of mainly teenage girls, Twilight generated endless memes and jokes at the expense of the franchise and […]

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“Bleed Orange, Live Green”…Waste AC Energy?

Written by Morgan Jeitler. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – UT prides themselves on their use of energy. Their sustainability website explicitly states that UT Austin “continues to lead among universities by reducing waste, conserving energy and water resources…” and follows immediately with a list of awards and achievements garnered by the university over time. They’re right in priding themselves on […]

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Dueling Vignettes

Written by Cameron Waltz. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – A Warm Embrace I hold him close. Don’t leave me for the World yet.  You’re far too young to leave my arms. The great, wide world is one of danger and loss.  I tug you back to rest, but you won’t let me hold you down. I wish I could keep […]

Art & Lifestyle 0

Techno-Paranoia and the Allure of Black Mirror

Written by Hayle Chen. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – **Content Warning: Graphic Content** Envision this: You’re gazing into a black void. There’s haphazard electronic humming and stark white letters emblazoned across a pitch-dark background. Then—the unnerving crack of the void, the screen, as a sound akin to a distressed heart monitor pitching higher assaults your ears. There might be a […]

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Malleable Metal

Written by Harrison Fernelius. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – “After all, very few musical genres are able to contain the sheer force of sentiment and anger that metal can accommodate. It simply has an enormous capacity for emotion. No anger is too great, and no sentiment is too dark. It is the musical mouthpiece of the counterculture.” – What makes […]

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Diwali: Christmas in October

Written by Rohin Balkundi. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – Christmas in October? Let me explain. The Indian Festival of Lights, better known as Diwali, is a five-day festival that is always held in October (since the Indian calendar is approximately 360 days to that of the 365-day Gregorian calendar, the actual day differs year by year). Diwali is seen as […]

Creative Writing & Poetry 0

Movement

Written by Kate DillerGraphic by Emma Robinson – “Suddenly, or perhaps imperceptibly slowly, my lungs are empty. I cannot find air, even as my chest heaves, trying to draw it in.” – The desk beneath me is shockingly cold, distracting me momentarily from the scene before me. My attention doesn’t stray for long though, the sharp scent of blood drawing […]

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Trash Makeover Challenge Inspires Local Artists to Create Sustainable Fashion

Written by Alyssa Hiarker. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – Dressed in superhero tights and capes, fashionmongers and environmentalists alike traveled to the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs on Sept. 14 for Texas Campaign for the Environment’s ninth annual Trash Makeover Challenge.   The Trash Makeover Challenge, a fashion show and silent auction, used local artists’ sustainable fashion designs to showcase the […]

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In Defense of Taylor Swift’s Lover: Side B

Written by Jennifer DongGraphic by Emma Robinson – “With lyrics of cutting specificity and breathy vocals, Swift reminds the listener that love is just as precarious and torturous as it is reassuring, singing, “I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends. I’d never walk Cornelia Street again.” ” – “I Forgot That You Existed” & “ME!” Taylor Swift’s […]

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Train of Thought: Laowai Reflections on the Railway

Written by Varun Hukeri. Graphic by Emma Robinson.  – The hustle of Beijing West Railway Station is a common sight no matter the day or the hour. Serving almost two hundred thousand passengers everyday, it’s a rather unglamorous scene of crowded walkways, confused passengers yelling and pushing through, and of course, a McDonald’s — a staple of every train station […]