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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: A Dystopia Too Close for Comfort

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: A Dystopia Too Close for Comfort

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer June 1, 2021

Man is good. Or are we? The perennial debate about  the core nature of humanity is still being argued, eons on, because the statement: ‘Man is good’ appears to be just as contractidible as it is defensible....

A Sand County Alamanac is an elegy to an idyllic Wisconsin landscape struggling against the encroachment of the modern era.

A Sand County Almanac: A Perennial Guide to the World We’re Losing

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer April 30, 2021

What makes a book great? What must it have to be deemed a ‘favorite’? These questions of subjectivity are questions we as readers subconsciously ask ourselves as we work our way through a piece of...

Persepolis captures the struggles and triumphs of being a woman and growing up in post-revolutionary Iran.

The Complete Persepolis: Ancient Civilization, Contemporary Feminism

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer March 8, 2021

In her complete 2003 illustrated memoir, Persepolis, Marjane (‘Marji’) Satrapi captures the struggles and triumphs of being a woman and growing up in post-revolutionary Iran. Through thoughtful prose...

Lot is a new fiction in a Houston backdrop by local Houstonian Bryan Washington.

Lot by Bryan Washington: A Portrait of Houston

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer January 22, 2021

*Full disclosure: the book ‘Lot: Stories’ has somewhat frequent mention of substance abuse, sex and foul language* Living in a city of nearly two and a half million people, it’s easy to lose sight...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Case for Zora Neale Hurston’s Forgotten Classic

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer November 12, 2020

“Night was striding across nothingness with the whole round world in his hands . . . They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against cruel walls and their souls asking...

In 2020 we find new meaning in Camus' The Plague

In 2020 we find new meaning in Camus’ The Plague

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer October 12, 2020

Never has ‘La Peste’, or The Plague, as it has been translated in English, been more relevant. It’s now a classic commentary on the human condition, and its striking message of resistance only rings...

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