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Bad Poet, No Biscuit

Kimberly Bruss

I have a friend in the poetry program here who swears up and down, side to side, that he hates poetry. I'm not talking about the kind of hatred that accompanies respect for but frustration with a body of artwork--that is, I hate opera because I do not…


Good Guys, Bad Guys: Caring about Character

Elizabeth Winston

In my fiction workshop yesterday, we had a discussion about the necessary elements of good fiction. We talked about readability and various kinds of plot; something has to happen in a story, otherwise it wouldn't be a story at all, but that thing need…


Parent/Writer/Reader: Coming to Terms with YA Lit

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I'm always a mom first. I work hard to not talk about my kids all the time--and yet I love to tell their stories. I love stories. I love to read stories. I love to write stories. And in that literary spirit, I want my kids to read and write stories, as…


Passion Persisting

Caitlin Maling

On homesickness, the other kind of football, and how to be yourself without expanding each use of vernacular into a sentence of glossary. • Dear Americans (and other non-Aussie readers of Gulf Coast), I'm writing to tell you that last Saturday the Swans…


What Would Jane Eyre Do?

Allie Rowbottom

There's this novel called Fifty Shades of Grey. You've probably heard of it. A lady named E.L. James wrote it. Judging by her website she likes Twilight vampires and teacups. If you haven't heard of James's book, or for some reason you've yet to pick…


Give 'Em Hell, 54

David Tomas Martinez

The first time I watched the 1989 movie Glory I was unimpressed, but that was mostly because I had just discovered girls, and Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington death-spooning on a South Carolina beach in the final shot held little sway over my hormones,…


Thanks, Nancy--Let's Get High

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On the incessant nature of emails, chasing down running endorphins, and doing what you love most, no matter what. • Oh man, oh my, oh me: it's that time of year again where the hot Houston heat starts to turn into that mild Houston heat, and the crape…


On Criticism

JSA Lowe

Long ago, in a reasonably distant city, I spent a brief, magical, slightly demented three years of my life as a freelance movie critic. Reviewing films was far and away the best job I've ever had. I watched between two and six movies per week and wrote…


Bad Craft

Zachary Martin

Greetings, and welcome to another year of the Gulf Coast blog! We here at the magazine are pleased to be back, and are very glad you're reading. We'll be offering new posts twice a week through the fall and spring semesters, courtesy of our diligent,…


The Surreal Reality: An Escapist Point of View

Olga Mexina

Sitting in the circle of his letters in the grove that rustles with scorn and error, the heart blowing like a scrap of paper through the inhospitable passageways. -Tomas Tranströmer, from Gogol I create worlds. Probably not very successfully yet, and…