Nick Swartsell

Nick Swartsell is a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Texas.

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Texas Pride is a Rollercoaster Ride

Watching Lewis Black’s already-famous takedown of Rick Perry last Wednesday on The Daily Show with some native Texans was a rollercoaster ride that opened apparently chronic wounds from the “Texas vs. New York” culture wars. Warning: the cursing in that … Read More

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The Carter Museum Explores the Complexity of American Identity

Since the 2012 presidential election, much has been said about America’s shifting demographic makeup and its deeper political and cultural meanings. Texas has seen some of the most dramatic of these shifts, so it’s only fitting a Texas museum would … Read More

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Exploring Civil Rights in Dallas at the Latino Cultural Center

Though the term “Civil Rights” usually brings up memories of the 1960s, many of the struggles and issues surrounding the movement are startlingly contemporary. This is especially true in Texas’ Mexican-American communities. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn key … Read More

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Vampires, Detectives, and Winnie the Pooh–What We’re Reading

When Observer staff and interns aren’t writing articles, shooting video, posting blogs or keeping the lights on, we’re avid readers. So I thought it’d be fun to poll the office on our summer books. Here’s what we’re reading when we’re … Read More

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Hutchison on Powerful Women

The furor over the Texas Legislature’s anti-abortion shenanigans has made this week all about strong Texas women—we’re looking at you, state Sen. Wendy Davis. That makes this a perfect time for a book talk about courageous women in Texas history, … Read More