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Uncommon combinations, such a the peanut butter and picket sammy sandwich are taste-tested in this story.

Peanut Butter and Pickles (And Other Gross-Good Food Combos)

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer November 8, 2021

 Pepsi and milk. Takis and Cream Cheese. These controversial ‘food combo’ trends have been popularized on platforms such as Tiktok and Twitter, largely because of how polarizing they are. But are...

Like many of us today, the protagonist of Walker Percys Moviegoer lives his life through the films he sees.

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy: A Comfort Novel for the Restless

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer October 21, 2021

Binx Bolling, the protagonist of Walker Percy’s 1960 novel, is no hero. In fact, at some points, he barely even seems a protagonist. The book is mostly comprised of his internal monologue and observations...

My grandfather Do Huu Nho in 1973 served in the South Vietnamese Air Force in U.S.s war against North Vietnam.

From Saigon to Kabul: Lessons We Haven’t Learned

By Sofia Hegstrom, Contributing Writer September 28, 2021

March 29th, 1975: the first day of North Vietnam’s campaign into the crucial central city of Danang, following the American withdrawal of troops. My grandfather, who was stationed with his regiment at...

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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