More than you knew before about German literary mags. Bookfox blogs about the Goethe Institut’s coverage of the literary journal/short story scene in Germany: “Like moles, literary magazines burrow through the subsoil and often bring literary treasures to light. They live on self-exploitation, are sometimes short-lived and bizarre, and publish against the mainstream.” The title of this article? “Moles in the Subsoil of the Book Market: German Literary Magazines,” of course.
Bookfox was turned onto the above article from Absinthe: New European Writing magazine (pictured above), whose blog is quite cosmopolitan, such as a recent post about Aleksandar Hemon, who says in a conversation with Junot Diaz, “Everyone can declare the English language as a home and no one can be banned from it.” Amen.
On HTMLGIANT, Christopher Higgs comments on comments made about genre fiction on the Tin House blog: Tin House & Genre Fiction.
Here are perhaps the best places to find literary magazines in the DC area.
Flatmancrooked has launched a rather colorful new website.
And so has the Australian lit mag Meanjin.
Last week the first issue of Dzanc’s The Collagist came out. An awesome selection of work: Chris Bachelder, Kim Chinquee, Charles Jensen, etc. On the website is also an essay by Ander Monson about his piece “Assembloir: The Which is True of Others Is True of Me” from the issue.
Three big literary magazines—BOMB, Opium, and Gigantic—throw a tripartite fundraiser party in New York together at the Bowery Electric on August 26.
This time, in Canada and from The New Quarterly: You Can Help Save Small Mags.
A project update from Significant Objects—the literary site that sells objects on Ebay alongside writers’ stories—releases their project update thus far. Aggregate cost of objects sold so far: $46.50. Aggregate sales: $937.15. New object writings up for bidding by Kevin Brockheimer and Nathaniel Rich.
Hunger Mountain republishes George Saunders’s (that’s a picture of him at left) first published story “A Lack of Order in the Floating Object Room,” with an introductory note by Tobias Wolff, who writes, “So what did I see in this story? I saw the future, nothing less.”
And, well, though LP normally sticks to literary magazines, the latest story in The New Yorker is too exciting not to mention: “Max at Sea,” a revision of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are by McSweeney’s editor (there’s a lit mag) Dave Eggers.
Every Tuesday, Travis Kurowski presents Luna Digest, a selection of news from the world of literary magazines. Travis is the editor of Luna Park, a magazine founded on the idea that journals are as deserving of critical attention as other artistic works.