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Between the Lines: ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ by Ottessa Moshfegh

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

         The unnamed narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s 2018 novel, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” is painfully cringey as she drifts in and out of sleep for one year. The narrator is an Upper...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

James Baldwin’s ‘The Fire Next Time’ is a guide for the Black Lives Matter movement

Paris Cantu , Staff Writer September 4, 2020

Reading James Baldwin is always a good idea, but lately, his words have proved to be a lifeline for a new era. He emerged as a writer from Harlem: a voice for the people, a chronicler of the wreck that...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer April 21, 2020

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s manifesto, “We Should All Be Feminists,” struck such a chord that, in 2015, Sweden distributed a copy to every 16-year-old to facilitate feminist dialogue within the youth...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘Sister Outsider’ by Audre Lorde

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer February 25, 2020

Thirty-six years have come and gone since Audre Lorde, a self-proclaimed “black lesbian feminist warrior poet,” graced us with her prose in “Sister Outsider,” a 1984 collection of essays and speeches...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘Girl, Woman, Other’

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer February 11, 2020

“Girl, Woman, Other” is a modern, genius storytelling whose twelve chapters review the lives of twelve women. Bernadine Evaristo tells the story of girls and women who struggle and grapple with racism...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer February 4, 2020

Newly 76, Angela Davis has made a heroine of herself through her pioneering of black activism and years of continued activism for women’s rights, human rights and peace. Written and published in the...

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Between the Lines: ‘American Dirt’ is American trash

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer January 28, 2020

“American Dirt” is written by a white author who appropriates the undocumented immigrant’s struggle and portrays Mexican immigrants with racist stereotypes. “American Dirt” is hardly an attempt...

Between the Lines: The Haunting of Hill House

Between the Lines: The Haunting of Hill House

Paris Cantu October 30, 2019

Like most women writers in the 1950s, Shirley Jackson was shoved under the literary rug for most of her lifetime. Since then, her shorter fiction has gained traction in the standard English studies curriculum....

UTSA Underground: Art for the 99%

April 28, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Jesus Villanueva South by Southwest? Check. San Antonio Book Festival? Check. Fiesta Festivities? Check. UTSA Underground? Consider adding this one to the list....

“We Should Hang Out Sometime”-Josh Sundquist

March 23, 2015

“We Should Hang Out Sometime” is a memoir written by Josh Sundquist: published author, motivational speaker, Paralympic athlete, cancer survivor and YouTube vlogger with over 200,000 subscribers....

Looking For A Little Something Different?

February 23, 2015

Emily Varvel/ The Paisano “A Little Something Different” is a love story written by Sandy Hall and is told from fourteen different viewpoints. However, what makes this book “different”...

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

February 2, 2015

“Throne of Glass” is the kickass starter of what promises to be an amazing fantasy series. If you enjoy concepts such as magic, kings, conquest and prophecy, then you gotta add “Throne of Glass”...

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