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Fronteras: ‘Movies (And Other Things)’ — The Accidental Career Of San Antonio Native, Shea Serrano

Oct 10, 2019

Were the Jurassic Park raptors just misunderstood? Who’s in the Regina George circle of friends? When did Michael B. Jordan break your heart into the most pieces?

It’s unlikely these are common afterthoughts to some of the most well-known films in mainstream media. But these questions and 27 others are answered and illustrated in Movies (and Other Things), the latest book from San Antonio native and author Shea Serrano.


Serrano claims his success was completely accidental. Growing up on San Antonio’s Southwest Side, he made his way to Sam Houston State University, and worked in construction for a few years before he turned to freelance writing. It started as a side hustle, but as the years passed, his writing on Houston’s basketball and rap culture earned him a reputation.

The Rap Year Book (2015) and Basketball (And Other Things) (2017) both made it to the New York Times bestseller list, and former President Barack Obama even included one of them on his 2017 reading list. 

Movies (and Other Things) is Serrano’s latest book, published Oct. 8. This is also his most recent work with Dallas-based artist Arturo Torres, whose illustrations bring these burning questions about movies and memorable characters to life. 

Serrano is a regular contributor to the sports and pop culture website and podcast network The Ringer.

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1 and Lauren Terrazas can be reached at lauren@tpr.org and on Twitter @terrazas_lauren.