The concept of our lives being stories has been haunting me lately. I keep coming across it in conversation, in class and in books. The idea is basically that our lives are telling a story whether we realize it or not. In his book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” Donald Miller decides that what makes a good story also makes a good life, and I think I...

  In our culture, we like comparing things. We see it in everything, especially in entertainment. There is remake after remake, and while some are improvements, others tend to take away from the true quality, the true art that its original once owned. We like to better things that never needed any betterment in the first place. HBO’s "Girls" is...

  “The Expendables 2” is a big, loud, thrilling, overblown ride that, once it really gets going, never lets up. Despite my love of Sylvester Stallone, 80s action flicks and explosions, I was pretty underwhelmed by the first “Expendables.” The movie that promised to have all my favorite action stars fighting side by side was actually pretty...

Summer has the ability to be a very transformative time in a college student’s life.  We get to take a break from school as usual and have the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary for a few months. I would almost venture to say that for me personally, my summers during college have been more influential than the actual semesters.   The summer...

  So, let’s get some personal biases out of the way. Things I like: ‘80s hair metal, movies about music and bands, Julianne Hough when she isn’t speaking. Things I don’t like: jukebox musicals, pretentiousness, Julianne Hough when she is speaking. Things I used to like but stopped liking once they became insane: Tom Cruise. With that out of...

  Aside from abandoning all preconceived notions of an object and then experiencing it in person, we experience all persons, places and things as ideas. While reflecting, a father can experience the idea of his son by distinguishing his appearance from others either by thinking of the time and interests the two have shared or by remembering the last conversation he...

  I like having the alcohol we are NOT supposed to have in the stadium rain down on my dress shirts. Nothing brings me greater joy.   I also enjoy hearing visiting students tell me that they never have students arrested in their respective student sections. Temper tantrums that result in full cups of various beverages being heaved toward the field bring prideful...

  Raise your hand if you saw “Bladerunner.” Or read “The Martian Chronicles.” Or listen to the Top 40. My job in this column will be to convince you that they are all related and actually incredibly important to us. Since discussing Katy Perry’s video for “Wide Awake” last week, I can’t stop thinking about how smart...

Three weeks ago I met Pat Ward, the preacher presiding over The Orchard, a Christian Methodist church in Oxford, for coffee. During our conversation we spoke of his church, the doctrine of Christian Exclusivism and the value of faith. Ward was a good sport, letting me play Nietzsche with him and granting me permission to print the results. When I speak of “Christian...

This is a sensitive issue, I’m quite aware. Native Ole Miss students are hypersensitive to out-of-state students who have not been lifelong Ole Miss fans and have allegiances to more than one football team. I, having grown up in New Orleans to an LSU alum, hold dual fandom and have been called a traitor for even suggesting that I like LSU. Please refrain from tweeting...