I don't know, Joseph, I found this article pretty uninsightful, not to
mention deluded . . . what I found truly saddening was the readers'
comments. Certainly, the attitudes and shallowness expressed by these
people are nothing new to me, but still, reading and hearing comments
from people like this always seems to depress me.
One of the people commenting actually tries to claim that people who
are under 30 don't read. Is he serious? Again, this belief is nothing
new to me, but that doesn't make it any less baffling and depressing
when I hear or read it being expressed.
At any rate, too many of these people are clearly quite confused about
what they think literary art is supposed to be and especially what
they, personally, actually want out of literature.
Although the Huffington Post is perhaps not quite scraping the very
bottom off the barrel, just yet, among readers of literature, they
seem to be uncomfortably close to it.
As for the magazines themselves -- those which are listed in the
article: sorry, Joseph, I do not happen to find any of them very
interesting -- except, perhaps, for the Iowa Review, in which I
believe I recall having seen some good and interesting material, in
the past, but again this is not really a journal I'd be interested in
It just seems that more traditional, longer-running lit mags aren't
challenging me as a reader. I find I'm disappointed in the subject
matter, voice, structure, etc.
...but maybe that's just because I'm coming off a particularly dull
story in Crazyhorse.
Publisher, Word Riot
The Suburban Swindle | Stories by Jackie Corley
And on that note, weren't a significant portion of the magazines he
mentioned academically affiliated, if not MFA? I thought he was
militantly against the MFA system?
Joseph Johaneman wrote:
> Honestly, I'm not familiar with any of the journals in the HuffPo
> article outside of their reputation. I just thought there might be
> something in there worth reading.
> I tend to pick up journals randomly at my local Barnes and Noble
> (well, localish. I have to drive an hour to get there). About the only
> journal I specifically sought out recently was Slake because it was
> the first issue, and it contained a piece by Mark Z. Danielewski.
> So I apologize for posting that list here. I didn't really have any
> idea of the quality of any of the journals. I just ran across it via
> Regator and thought it might interest everyone. :-)
Haha... I think we all understand, Joseph, thanks for the article. I just— after that hysterical overrated writers piece, and considering Huffpo's history in general, I stay about as far away from Anis Shivani as I possibly can. At least this time he was a little more positive: these journals "MIGHT" survive.