Halloween Staff Picks: Favorite Incantations

As it happens another Halloween is upon us, and as it happens, it coincides with Hothouse‘s website launch for the 2018-19 academic year. To celebrate, as an act of inauguration, we thought we’d do something collaborative, something that will stir up the spirits and press them to set a watchful eye over our site. Just…

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More than Reckless Teenagers: In Defense of Romeo & Juliet’s Love

By Caitlin Smith Thousands of high school students in English classrooms across the world read, under-analyze, and hate Romeo & Juliet each year. Why is what’s arguably become Shakespeare’s most recognizable tragedy met with such vitriol from students? Can they not relate to the teenage angst exhibited by the titular characters? Is the language too…

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Interview with John Morán Gonzáles

Written by Guadalupe Rodriguez Texas land is huge—with approximately 28 million people, the faces of Texas are colorful, and filled with different experiences. From rich stories of black and Latino people, to the stories of Native Americans, UT’s English Department attempts to account for some of the faces of Texas and beyond. One colorful face…

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Queer Indigenous Poet Tommy Pico’s Breaks the Boundaries of Poetry

Written by Jeff Rose The work of queer and indigenous poet Tommy Pico fangirls over the songs of Amy Winehouse in one stanza, claps  back at gay men in the next, and then ruminates over Native American microaggressions. His work delves into his identity and experiences as a gay Kumeyaay man originally from the Viejas…

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An English Major in England

Written by Kendall Talbot My mother likes to say I was born in the wrong country. I prefer tea over coffee (with milk and sugar, please), and I talk about the royal family as if they were my own (my invitation to Harry and Meghan’s wedding must have gotten lost in the mail). I cherish…

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6 Poems to Read Post-Graduation

Written by Angie Carrera As this graduation season quickly approaches, we must begin to contemplate life after, and the terror that is adulthood. Our experiences begin to diverge, and we begin to encounter things that we must face alone. Though we confront what’s next by ourselves, this does not mean that we are the first…

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2018: the Year of Short-Story Vending Machines

Written by Morgan Southworth In 2015, there were only a few machines in France that produced short stories at the press of a button. Today, there are copies of these machines around the world, with thirty in the United States alone. The concept is simple: Short Edition, a French publishing company, began creating machines that…

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Could Vandalizng Books Make You a More Authentic Reader?

Written by Caitlin Smith Earlier this month, Georgia Grainger, an employee of Dundee, Scotland’s Charleston Library, found herself in the middle of a literary mystery. A patron came to her with an odd question: why did all of the seventh pages in the books she had been checking out have the seven underlined? Turns out…

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