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My time and life in Nacogdoches has only served to emphasize something I have always known on some level, but didn’t quite have the phrasing for until recently. A sense of place is critical to a happy existence.

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Discovering new books and authors is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but occasionally a return to the familiar does well for the soul. While I had never read the 1957 novel “Pnin” until now, I have been familiar with the book’s author — Vladimir Nabokov — for quite some time. In college, I…

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The war on drugs and immigration have, for quite some time, been issues that dominate our political landscape. Though easy topics for political commentators to dissect from atop their ivory towers, instituting effective policy is another animal altogether. So difficult, in fact, that I don’t…

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World economies have always been interesting to me. On an individual level, economics have always felt like common sense to me — pretty easy-to-learn lessons like don’t take on a ton of debt, save your money, etc. But on a macro level, how people choose to use resources becomes very complicated.

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Rape is no easy topic to discuss. It is a truly heinous crime that, according to most statistical analyses, happens far too often. Few things do I feel more unqualified to talk about, let alone even have an opinion on, then how to deal with the issue of rape on college campuses.

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Next to my bedside table rests a tall stack of books in various stages of completedness. My life — even my life in books — is in a constant state of plans and goals. But, as is often the case, life has a way of interrupting me from time to time.

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I wish I remembered where I heard about Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Devil All the Time.” The 2011 novel has received numerous comparisons to the work of Cormac McCarthy. Being a McCarthy fan, that comparison was pretty much all I needed to look into this novel.

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In writing these book reviews, I have made a concerted effort to discover lesser known, but talented authors.

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