Reading, Third Monday of August (2013): GULF COAST, The “Issues” Issue

Self thinks the cover of the Gulf Coast “Issues” Issue is PRETTY FABULOUS!

Gulf Coast Summer/Fall 2013

Gulf Coast Summer/Fall 2013

The table is made up of wooden blocks, each of which are labeled with a particular “issue”, like so:


The artist is Skyler Fein.  What. An. Absolutely. Great. Name.  Why couldn’t self be named “Skyler” instead of a word that means a) a soup; or b) fat?

Skyler’s bio reveals that at age 37, he moved “to New Orleans six weeks before” Katrina destroyed the city.  “Worst of times.  But hurricane leaves much wood in streets.  What can be done with it? he wonders.”

The issue contains a Latino Writers Roundtable (“The Cinnamon Tsunami Is Here”) that addresses, Editor Zachary Martin states:  “silence, privilege, identity, gender and solidarity.”  There is a piece called “Thalassophobia,” by Jamaal May, that deals with “fear of the sea.”  Craig Reinbold’s “Holding the Plank” is an essay about “male beauty and bulimia,”  Other topics:  “Eric Weinstein on sleepwalking, Kimberly Williams on racist nuns and Michael Copperman on learning disabilities.”

Self will bid adieu for the moment.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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