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The Press on Film

Ian Stansel

Some writers work on film and some do not. Sure, there have been a few good movies about novelists and poets--Curtis Hanson's adaptation of Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys is charming and funny; Jane Campion's Keats-Brawne romance Bright Star is gorgeous;…

Reading in the Age of Interruption

Gulf Coast Online Editor

I normally wouldn't post to the Gulf Coast blog about a subject just recently addressed by another editor, but in this case, I'd like to do just that. Sort of. Earlier this week, Gulf Coast's editor, Ian Stansel, wrote about the effects that the reading…

All Together Now

Ian Stansel

There has been a spate of articles written in recent months about the value of books and an education in the Humanities. Danny Heitman of the Christian Science Monitor points out that the Humanities are "an important source of wisdom for those who wish…

Discounted July Subscriptions

Ian Stansel

We know that extra cash is in short supply for so many people these days and that things like magazines are luxuries compared to many other products around the house. We here at Gulf Coast are feeling the pinch, too, with state funding cuts to arts organizations…

My Top 5 Quick & Dirty Submission Tricks

Karyna McGlynn

Let's be honest: if you're reading this blog you've probably read your fair share of submission guidelines, and, like me, you've probably received plenty of solicited and unsolicited publishing advice--some of it bad, but a lot of it just useless: of…

Plots and Punchlines

Zachary Martin

Before I became a struggling writer, I was a struggling comedian. This is perhaps not surprising given the three things my childhood never suffered for: books from yard sales, comedy on vinyl, and sarcasm. My father would often leave a Bill Cosby or George…

Good Things That Have Happened To Me, Bad Things That Have Happened To Me

Ryler Dustin

Three years sounded like an eternity when I first showed up in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. But the time has flown by - a real hurricane of bizarre and beautiful encounters that have left me wondering, Dude, where's my car? So,…

Go with Your Gut (And Don't Be Afraid to Say No to the Special)

Meggie Monahan

For as long as I knew him, my grandfather sat in the same leather arm chair and listened to the same jazz songs on the same radio station. At every family party, he drank the same red-tinted Manhattan with a cluster of Maraschino cherries at the bottom…

Ever Wonder Why Your Bookcase is Called "Billy"?

Becca Wadlinger

As the resident Scandinavian language speaker here in the Gulf Coast office, I thought I'd let you in on the entertaining taxonomy that exists within the shelves of Swedish superstore IKEA. I began to notice patterns in the furniture names years ago,…