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Life & Arts queen bids adieu to crown, subjects, dominion

December 6, 2013

I didn’t deserve to work at the Texan.   As a junior with no credentials, Aleksander Chan — the managing editor in the fall of 2012 — bought me a great sandwich, offered me a...

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Selfie named word of the year for 2013

November 19, 2013

In a surprising come-from behind-win, "selfie" has been named by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2013 Word of the Year.  While we all love to take pictures of ourselves with our front facing...

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Revisit your favorite childhood books with their more adult counterparts

September 13, 2013

Somewhere between assigned readings and the creation of the Facebook feed, the passion for stories we had as children got lost. Returning to reading isn’t easy. Lack of familiarity with literary...

ACL 2013: an early follower’s guide

September 11, 2013

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UT class of 2017 begins to “moov-in”

August 27, 2013

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Trail of Lights returns to the city of Austin

August 26, 2013

Merry early Christmas, Austin. The Trail of Lights is returning. Throughout Zilker Park, a million tiny lights will be strung this December.  They will be arranged in careful lettering, built...

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The Daily Texan’s Top 10 VMA moments

August 25, 2013

The Video Music Awards hold a hallowed place in the minds of all pop culture fanatics. Unlike the tame Academy Awards and elegant Grammy's, the Video Music Awards are ripe with dramatic proclamations...

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Undergraduate Wins Keene Prize for Literature

May 14, 2013

Katherine Noble, a poet with long blonde hair and a way with words, has recently added another prize to her list. The English department announced on Monday that Noble is the most recent recipient...

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The Power List

April 23, 2013

1) William Powers, Jr., UT President While the top pick here is obvious, it is easy to forget the breadth of responsibility and influence of the man at the top. Since stepping into office in February...

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Why we should care who wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 15, 2013

Winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is the literary equivalent of winning both the Academy Award for best actress and best original screenplay. But there is no red carpet, and no over-under line in...

Questions for the future director of the Harry Ransom Center

April 9, 2013

Editor's note: Kelsey McKinney worked as an intern in the Department of Public Affairs during the 2011-2012 academic year. After 25 years as the Director of the Harry Ransom Center, Thomas Staley...

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Talking Twitter with Biz Stone

April 3, 2013

Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone is a father of social media. He helped create Blogger and Xanga.com and is most famous for co-founding Twitter.  Stone will present a talk titled “Redefining...

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The Evolution of Justin Timberlake

March 19, 2013

No matter how much he tries, Justin Timberlake will never be a bad boy.  But he sure gave it his best try at the final Myspace Secret Show during South By Southwest on Saturday. Timberlake’s...

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The best and worst of #SXSW music

March 18, 2013

During the five days of South By Southwest music performances, we managed to catch an estimated 100 bands between the three of us. We survived mosh pits at a punk rock show, terrible DJs, incredible lines...

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SXSW Friday in Music

March 16, 2013

We spent last night at the second of three Myspace "secret shows." These shows are open to badge members as well as very devout rumor followers who keep close tabs on the secret show wristband...

SXSW Sunday in Interactive

March 11, 2013

After a long day downtown and being shut out from a swanky after party, the first full day of South By Southwest was eventful to say the least. SXSW Trade Show The trade show is located in the Austin...

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All the drama, fancy dresses, and golden men at the 85th Academy Awards

February 25, 2013

This live blog was written during the 2013 Academy Awards.  It is a live, slightly snarky feed of everything that happened and did not happen at this year's Academy Awards.  11:01 In...

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Celebrating Valentine’s is possible without going out

February 14, 2013

You don’t need to go out on Valentine’s Day. Everywhere has a three-hour wait, and you probably want to stay at home on your couch with a movie no matter what your Facebook relationship status...

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Grammys 2013

February 11, 2013

A live recap of what happened at Sunday night's Grammys. Here is everything you missed, and some things you really didn't.  10:30 LL Cool J "does a lil' rapping"...

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Inflatable art returns to Austin

January 22, 2013

Everyone goes barefoot into the luminarium. Sunlight streams through the thin plastic ceilings and the ephemeral structure envelops its visitors in a land of radiant color that spills across curved walls...

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Why it’s unrealistic to expect Lena Dunham’s Hannah to be modest

January 14, 2013

Twenty-six-year-old Lena Dunham is not the slacker/wannabe writer she plays in the hit HBO series “Girls” that she stars in, created and currently directs. Although the current darling of the...

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Saltwick’s adaptation of “The Scarlet Letter” takes artistic liberties while retaining spirit of novel

November 19, 2012

Sarah Saltwick may be the next Nathaniel Hawthorne. With careful prose, redeemable characters and lines filled with heartbreak and raw emotion, Saltwick’s adaption of “The Scarlet Letter”...

Break-up book breaks hearts, details nine failed love stories

September 24, 2012

With all of its heartbreak, loneliness and womanizing, Junot Díaz’s new book “This is How You Lose Her” carries all the impact of a drawn-out, screaming break-up. “This...