Category Archives: Journals

“Gray Matter” at Apogee

I didn’t set out to be a spokesman for the Graying of American Arts and Letters. I imagine my experience is the same as that of most former bright young things: for years I was always the youngest person in the room, until one day I looked up and noticed that everybody else seemed to […]

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That’s Not Funny

For a publication that’s been walking that fine line between good and bad taste for years, Vice Magazine managed to piss off a whole bunch of people at once with the photo spread in its recent Fiction Issue. Titled “Last Words,” it staged a series of models portraying female writers who had famously committed suicide—or, […]

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Holiday Hindsight: Lit Mags for the Empty-Handed

This is the season of the balance sheet. I don’t mean the kind where you tabulate all your shining moments and painful shortcomings—we still have a few days left before you need to get that maudlin—but rather the post-holiday period when you finally get a good sense of how many people gave you gifts for […]

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Doing the Math

Yesterday, Gayla posted some interesting thoughts on the Orange Prize, and whether it is—or isn’t—yet another way of fencing women writers into an orderly little corral. I’m inclined to agree with her that more than anything else it’s a kind of finding aid, in this case for some really high-quality and off-the-beaten-track literature. You can […]

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A Circus for Your Eyes: The New York Art Book Fair

I spent the last couple of days volunteering at the New York Art Book Fair and I’m pleased to report back that printed matter is alive and thriving. Not just Printed Matter Inc., the artists’ book gallery that sponsors the event—although it’s still flourishing at its handsome space in Manhattan—but the whole of it: art […]

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Granta, Ten Years Later

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a week away, which should bring rafts of reminiscence and paranoia in equal amounts. I’m a bit immune to the round number aspect—the first few years were the toughest, as far as I’m concerned—but everyone’s mileage is going to vary on this one and I have nothing but respect […]

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Because We Are Too Menny

There’s an interesting discussion going on, in a couple of locations, about the feasibility of literary print magazines in this day and age. It was originally begun by Megan M. Garr, editor and founder of Versal, talking about the journal’s state of permanent in-the-redness and what, if anything, can be done about it. She opened […]

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A Sense of Place at The Common

I’ve recently come across a fresh contender in the lovely summertime stream of literary journals, one that’s absolutely worth taking a look at. The Common is a new publication out of Amherst College, with a calling all its own and a keen, clean aesthetic. Editor Jennifer Acker has assembled a terrific editorial board and roster […]

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“Sketches, Fun, &c. &c. Published Semi-Occasionally”

Every June around the halfway point, when all my teacher friends are finishing up their wonderful end-of-year projects, I end up checking out a lot of art and writing done by people under four feet tall. Maybe I’m just a soft touch, but I find most of it to be fresh and full of genuinely […]

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