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Joyce Maynard’s Story: A Second Glance

Written by Dila Sarikaya.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – What if your favorite star sent you a letter inviting you to visit them? Would you go? Joyce Maynard was faced with this decision in 1972 after her first article, “An 18-Year-Old Looks Back On Life,” was published in The New York Times magazine. In this article, of which she says the […]

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The Joy of Little Trees

Written by Hector Osegueda. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss Little trees, for whatever reason, tend to make people happy. Plants, in general, are known to have mentally therapeutic properties — green spaces in homes and offices can increase happiness, decrease stress, and boost productivity. Plants have also been extensively used to help veterans and hospital patients who suffer from PTSD. However, […]

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Entanglement

Written by Shini Meyer Wang.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – Where are we now? In the space between phone calls. In the flicking of a lighter. In the rhythm of the nighttime. In the crevice of a sunrise. In the screech of time ticking. In the farming of ourselves. In the bookshelves of some hopefulness. The walls stare. The floor dusts. […]

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In Defense of the Oldies

Written by Allison McCarty. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Thinking back to my childhood, my most nostalgic and familiar memories are of the early morning commutes to my grandparents’ house in my father’s pickup truck. The melodies of AC/DC and Kiss pulsing through the speakers as we traversed the stop-and-go traffic of Austin. I remember swaying to the beat with my […]

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Been There, Captured That

Written by Sam Chavez.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – “Keep Austin weird.” Austin is one of the stranger metropolitan areas around, and it definitely has the sights to prove so. I decided to challenge myself and gave the city a bit of a walk-through for a day, aimlessly wandering and letting the streets guide me. Initially, I was struck by the […]

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To The Subjects

Written by Luisana Cortez.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – To The Subjects of Graciela Iturbide’s Art black & white tapestry of women, their backs mirrors to the cloth of juan diego’s virgin. ink flowing into skin, into paper, into a lonely woman’s camera. once, the quinceañera was  given a crown of iguanas. once, a flock of chickens taking flight, mindless of […]

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A Film Review of Roma

Written by Jennifer Dong.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – A modest and poignant portrait of the human experience rendered through inequality, nostalgia, and love, Roma has established itself as one of the best films of 2018. As the winner of the best foreign language film at the Oscars, the narrative is centered on Cleo Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid for a […]

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Clothing: A Hidden World of Meaning

Written by Shini Meyer Wang.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – “Looking is not seeing” describes precisely how we are before having the “aha” moments. It’s how we naturally observe the people in our lives, not thinking twice. But suppose one day you were to flip open the pages of a psychology textbook. Then, these familiar moments might unlock to tell hidden […]

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Tongue Tied?

Written by Maggie Chadwick.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – The culture of the United States is dominant and widespread. It permeates into other countries to the effect that, in many places with distinct languages, histories, and customs, you can watch mainstream American TV shows, American movies, and listen to American songs. Since American culture is so universal, it only makes sense […]

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It Wasn’t Just About the Fish

Written by Christina Lopez. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – Last October, I brought home a blue betta fish named Fitz. I flooded my social media accounts with pictures of him swimming and hiding in his aquarium plants. I was so proud that he was mine, and I was ready to take on the big responsibility of having his little life […]

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“Ancient Aliens”: A Damaging Perspective

Written by Hector Osegueda. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – It’s often the seemingly innocent ideas that cause the most damage. Ancient alien theories are among those ideas. We’ve all encountered one in particular; that immemorial and monumental structures, such as the pyramids at Giza, the Nazca lines in Peru, or the Moai of Easter Island, are products of extraterrestrial contact […]

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Cooking: Freedom or Shackles

Written by Dila Sarikaya. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – As a child, I never gave much thought to the fact that my mom had a home-cooked meal set on the table for my family every night. That is until I discovered that most of my classmates went out for dinner nearly every night, something I found very bizarre. A restaurant […]

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What is Love: The Consequences and Benefits of Online Dating

Written by Yulissa Chavez. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – What does “love” mean today? Some may say it is the quality time one shares with a significant other. Others may define it by the number of growing experiences a couple has together. Whatever love is—it is anything but simple. In the digital age, everything has become accessible through screens—even dating […]