It’s Childish Gambino’s World and We Are All Just Living in it

Ever imagined what it must be like to wistfully float through outer space? Aimlessly drifting throughout the stars and solar systems, you would have the view of a god, an unrivaled feeling of superiority. Enveloped by the surrounding cosmos, you would be the sole audience of an unexplored frontier. This is the stargazing odyssey that Childish Gambino’s new album, Awaken, My Love!, undertakes.

Shades of the South: Literature

Southern literature frequently alternates between endearing and shocking. Characters can charm readers on one page and commit murder on the next. It may be the allure of juxtaposing Southern hospitality with brutality that causes so much of the region’s literature to end in bloodshed; it may be a reflection of the people who live here, showing that underneath the sweet tea and the barbeque, there’s a hard edge to Southerners, something primal left over from the days when the world was less civilized and life in these lands was a hard, uncertain thing.

There’s a rich history of stories set in the southern half of the United States, with classics such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn being but two entries in the Southern portfolio. Flannery O’Connor famously wrote short stories set in the South that are dark and amusing. The following works of literature are some other examples of what the genre has to offer, written by both new writers and masters of the craft.

As always, this is not an exhaustive list, but a sampling of what Southern fiction has to offer.

Shades of the South: Film

People often write the South off as a cultureless wasteland, filled with backwoods, folksy nobodies, living life in a world gone by. Those of us who live here, however, know that this judgment isn’t entirely accurate; the South isn’t an irrelevant relic, but a place where the culture of the Old South mingles with modern society and contemporary issues. In fact, some of the greatest works of art in the last 30 years have been inspired by or set in the American South. The result in literature and film is often blood-soaked poetry, where characters must survive in a land filled with breathtaking vistas and the eccentric individuals that the Southern culture of honor breathes life into. Some of these works of art have contemporary settings, while others take place a hundred years ago or more; however, the setting is less important than the work having the feel of the South.

Game Day Fashion: It’s Go Time

It’s that time of year again when College Station comes to life, game day dresses are dusted off, and tailgating tents cover Texas A&M’s campus once again. Football season is here and it seemed as if it could not come soon enough. I have had dreams of walking up that ramp in Kyle Field to make my way to the second or third deck as a slight breeze made its way through those beautiful red-bricked arches. To think that my dreams are a reality once again makes my heart so full of excitement, and with this special time comes an array of outfits specific to this particular sport and its dedicated, rowdy, and distinctive crowd. The stands will be filled with ladies wanting to show off their Aggie Pride as well as their inner fashion expertise as they display some of the most creative game day outfits.

The Definitive List of “J” Named Heroes

Con Air might just be a perfect movie. There is a scene where Cameron Poe, the story’s hero, played by Nicolas Cage, finds himself in a vulnerable standoff with U.S. Marshal, Vince Larkin, played by the nervously captivating John Cusack. Within this standoff, Poe utters the following line: “There’s only two men I trust. One of them’s me. The other’s not you.” Poe’s line shows a hero’s undying skepticism of all outside threats. Over the course of the movie, the two’s relationship turns from agent hunting convict to friend trying to understand friend. Poe, a free man at this point, refuses to simply walk away from an unfinished job, and instead chooses to fulfill his heroic duty. In the end sequence, Poe graciously gifts his daughter with a stuffed teddy bear, and as she shyly takes her father’s gift, she takes our hearts as well. This hero won, as most heroes do, so yeah, Con Air is definitely a perfect movie.

Like the lesson Con Air teaches, a hero can’t simply be a novice desk agent out in the field for the first time. A hero must come from a not so friendly background, filled with misfortune and fate’s unfortunate influence. A hero is an outcast in some form or fashion. A hero doesn’t just fight, he or she fights well, like ‘Apollo Creed walkout music worthy’ well. A hero can work for a government agency, but within that agency, the hero should be either disliked, excommunicated, and/or a habitual rule breaker. A hero must have a cool name, and more often than not, that name begins with the letter “J”.

Below is a list of film’s greatest “J” named heroes, beginning with the least deserving and finishing with the most worthy “J” named hero. The characteristics by which each hero will be ranked are as follows: background, abilities, and love life.

Comedy in College Station

Earlier this year, Revolution Café and Bar in downtown Bryan brought something precious back to Bryan/College Station, something we thought we had lost after the A&M system regents approved a change to the university seal and Johnny Manziel, patron saint of football and hard living, was cut from the Browns. What was that thing, you ask?

Laughter.