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Houston, City of Death

by Gus Breslauer
“In a lot of ways, Houston epitomizes America’s last gasp as it plunges deeper into a dystopic decline. This city is as plastic as a vase of fake flowers, from a distance they look real and elegant, but the closer you get, the more artificial everything is.”

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The Space-Time Continuum in Ayokunle Falomo’s “African, American”

by Aris Kian
“Falomo gives us living, breathing memories that stretch and kick and try on new clothes through such a genuine and vulnerable speaker willing to guide us through.”

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An Irish Immigrant and Her Quests for Survival: An Interview with Novelist Lee Hutch

by Andrew Joseph Pegoda
“This novel shows sides of the past often ignored or forgotten and shows us about the gaps between the United States’ proclaimed ideals and realities have long existed, especially for those not privileged by society. It also speaks to a shared human struggle for survival.”

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The Black Oceanic Imagination in Rivers Solomon’s “The Deep”

by Aris Kian
“In their ambitious second novella, Solomon explores questions  of remembrance and well-being and considers answers that could only be found within a fictional landscape.”

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“Expertise” as Systematized Historical Amnesia: Springborg’s Egypt as a Case Study

by Zeyad el Nabolsy
“Overall, one can say that this book rests on key distortions of recent Egyptian history, and it is primarily valuable as a case study in how expertise in the service of imperialism is constituted.”

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Pandemic Teaching Reflections, Not All Rainbows

by Andrew Joseph Pegoda
“Factors of pedagogy fully considered, I have certainly had some exceptional online students and many other students producing quality, thoughtful work, but for me, virtual teaching has not been as fulfilling. There is little contact with others. Students struggle. They really struggle online. “

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Film Reviews Reviews

In Vitro: Narrative Essay

By Tamara Al-Qaisi-Coleman
“This film is a surrealist dream, the way it plays with time and memory. Trauma stays in the body, always there tucked between your stomach and your ribs.”

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Pre-Marxism in the Last Instance: A Review of Chantal Mouffe’s “For a Left Populism”

by Brant Roberts
“The current political order is riddled with obstacles along legal and economic lines, not to mention the concrete structure of the state, making social democratic reforms appear more utopian than communism.”

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Creative Work Poetry

four poems

by Keagan Wheat
“I had been thinking
about my fading memory
of dinosaurs, my fading
desire to prove a boyhood
by standards I disregard.”

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Review: Houston Bound – Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City by Tyina Steptoe

by Ahmed H. Sharma
“Employing vivid scholarship and strategic sources on race and ethnicity in Houston through sound, Steptoe successfully proves her vigor as an historian and scholar while simultaneously displaying her skills as a writer.”