The Paisano

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

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

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 was the 1960s. In recent years, his voice has resurfaced as a narrator for the civil rights effort tha...

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

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

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 of the country. Published and circulated among third- (or fourth-) wave feminism, “We Should A...

Between the Lines: ‘Sister Outsider’ by Audre Lorde

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

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 which carried her fluidity into our generation. In an essay titled “The Transformation of...

Between the Lines: ‘Girl, Woman, Other’

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

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 and sexism in a white, male-dominated Britain. Evaristo was awarded the 2019 Booker prize for thi...

Between the Lines

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

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 80s, “Women Culture Politics” is a treatise to the Afro-American female role in political cultur...

Between the Lines: ‘American Dirt’ is American trash

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

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 at representing the largest minority group in the U.S. The plot is a cheap thrill and makes a f...

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. Although most of her short fiction and novels remain unread and unstudied by the masses, new...

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. Featuring a wide range of artistic abilities, this free event was created by UTSA students for UTSA ...

“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. His resume is hefty, but also makes for many interesting experiences, some of which are recoun...

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” is that none of the viewpoints are of the two main characters, Lea and Gabe. As a reader, you get to...

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” to your list of must-reads. Many people have recommended this series to me because I absolute...

“Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld

December 1, 2014

The best phrase that describes this “book is buy one, get one free.” Scott Westerfled’s “Afterworlds” follows a fictional young author named Darcy whose young adult book is published. The twist is that you not only get a glimpse into Darcy’s life, but also into her character’s life. ...