• Late Afternoon Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your late afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum.

    The Backstreet Boys are literally always behind. Here's a video of them doing the Harlem Shake, I don't know, like FOUR WEEKS LATE. Preteens across the coutry are no longer in love with you.

    It's Monday, summer internships are coming, and face it, you're worried. Here's how to chill and stop worrying for like, a second.

    Everyone is literally tired of saying "literally," but we are totally obsessed with saying "obsessed." Or at least this GQ article thinks so.

    To amuse yourself in all of the anti-journalistic styles, follow Fake AP Stylebook on Facebook. We disagree Fake AP Style – we think "Timberlakian" is a perfect word.

    Slate Magazine has an article about how smart kids are getting screwed when it comes to college admissions. There are some flaws in the argument, but if you got rejected from a college maybe you can use this article to call yourself smart.

    Remember the final episode of "Girls" where we were all uncomfortable together for half an hour, Adam ran through the subway shirtless and Hannah cut her hair? Here's an article with all of the hairstyles in a slideshow.

    Nashville is evolving. People keep saying that it's becoming the new Austin, that it has great food and that it's trying to have better music than us. Based on this selection of 25 songs that constitute the new Nashville sound, they just might be right.

    Happy Birthday Flannery O'Connor! Here's some great stuff she wrote that you probably forgot about, or that your high school English teacher never showed you.

    Why are women wearing thongs to do yoga? Ew.

  • "The Walking Dead" begins to wrap up a frustrating third season

    Of all the shows I keep up with on a regular basis, “The Walking Dead” is easily the most narratively misguided, with nearly every episode featuring scattered characterization and inert melodrama. Nonetheless, week-to-week, there are few things as satisfying as seeing the show’s gleefully gory depiction of a zombie-ridden wasteland.

    “This Sorrowful Life,” the penultimate episode of the series’ third season, showcased both the best and the worst of “The Walking Dead.” The show has consistently struggled to get a handle on its characters, and (SPOILER) this episode killed off Michael Rooker’s Merle, one of the few survivors left from the first season. Merle was always a deeply problematic character, but his return in the third season amounted to a redemption arc that stopped and started without much insight into Merle as a character, despite Michael Rooker’s valiant attempts to keep Merle compelling. His death may have resulted in a big blow towards the Governor’s forces, an exciting climax for the episode and a great final scene for Daryl (Norman Reedus), but Merle never amounted to anything more than another example of “The Walking Dead” squandering a character who didn’t have much potential to begin with.

    Famous makeup man Greg Nicotero has directed a handful of “The Walking Dead” episodes, and his staging of several big action sequences didn’t fail to excite. Merle’s consequences-be-damned assault on the Governor was genuinely thrilling, and the smart use of zombies as a strategic weapon is something I’d like to see more of in the finale. The Zombie Kill of the Week easily belongs to Michonne’s innovative wire-to-pillar decapitation, although the casualness with which she was popping walkers’ skulls off in the episode’s opening was wryly funny.

    Next week’s season finale promises to bring an end to the Governor-Rick battle of wills that’s driven the season, an arc that has continued to display the show’s struggles in building credible dramatic conflict and consistent characterization. Nonetheless, “The Walking Dead” has an undeniable knack for ramping up tension when it counts, and hopefully the third season will end on a satisfying note.