The Light Fantastic: Here We Go Again

We begin in media res, falling off the Disc into the endless expanse of nothing below. The Octavo, half a world away and mourning the loss of its eighth spell, readjusts reality to bring Rincewind and Twoflower back onto the Disc, which accidentally turns the librarian into an orangutan. Meanwhile, the wizards of Unseen UniversityContinue reading “The Light Fantastic: Here We Go Again”

The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Most everyone who has read the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett advises not to start with The Color of Magic. Terry himself said this book was “written in protest” about a genre that he loved, but contained “too many dark lords, too much lack of thought”.  My fatal flaw is that I’m stubborn, soContinue reading “The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld”

The hero Austin doesn’t want, but the hero Austin deserves

Veterans of the Newsletter know of my historic (one-sided) feud with Ryan Seacrest. While no one will ever top him as my least favorite celebrity of all time, there is another parasocial relationship I feel I must disclose. Ryan Seacrest is taken at face value as the shrimp of a man that he is, butContinue reading “The hero Austin doesn’t want, but the hero Austin deserves”

If You Want to Chop Down a Cherry Tree You Must First Invent the Universe

I’ve been having an on and off debate with my friends about whether or not time is real. This is your chance to keep scrolling, I’m giving you an out.  Naturally, I’m defending the fact that it’s completely made up, time is in fact, not real. I believe it’s like math; the numbers themselves don’tContinue reading “If You Want to Chop Down a Cherry Tree You Must First Invent the Universe”

Car Pay Diem

As I’m sure no one knows, I have a significant birthday coming up. This birthday has been highly anticipated for years, and has occupied a piece of my travel planning mind ever since I learned what an airplane was; by far more significant than turning 16, 18, or 21. Next week, I share a dreamContinue reading “Car Pay Diem”

Ernesto Neto: SunForceOceanLife

Hanging nearly 30 feet high in Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is Ernesto Neto’s immersive SunForceOceanLife, an interactive installation that thoughtfully evokes the ocean and inner stability. Yellow, orange, and green plastic balls tightly wrapped in netting create the suspended pathways splitting and joining in spiraling paths before ultimately combining in the center. The handContinue reading “Ernesto Neto: SunForceOceanLife”

Existentialist Dread, Illusionary Time, and Middle School

Do you know what time it is at the North and South poles?  Answer: there is no time at the North and South poles. Since it’s where all the time zones meet, each researcher or base goes by the time from their homeland. Isn’t that wild? Nothing in this world is real, time is a construct, and ifContinue reading “Existentialist Dread, Illusionary Time, and Middle School”

Human Resources: A bloody, bloody hit

“In an alternate universe, this note would look very different,” writes author and director Mallory Schlossberg in the program for Human Resources: The Musical. In the wake of COVID, no group of people have had to adapt as much as the performing arts community. A year ago, this online horror musical spectacular would have takenContinue reading “Human Resources: A bloody, bloody hit”

Les Fleurs du Mal

A view from the Harry Ransom Center Pictured high in both Ransom Center Atrias, the image of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous flower from his 1857 poetry collection, Les fleurs du mal stands tall. As part of the Ransom Center’s French Literature Collection, this rare first edition of Les fleurs du mal features the namesake Flower ofContinue reading “Les Fleurs du Mal”

A Haunting We Will Go

The Galvez Hotel Opened in 1911 as a way to attract tourists back to the island after the Storm of 1900, the Galvez is known as the “Playground of the Southwest” due to the number of socialites that have stayed there throughout the ages (Frank Sinatra, FDR, LBJ, Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, Jimmy Stewart, andContinue reading “A Haunting We Will Go”