literary magazines

What to Read: For People Who Work on Literary Magazines, and People Who Want To

April 14, 2016
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Working on a literary magazine is an inconsistent effort. I have found that, in my role as the editor of The Cossack Review—I am the nonfiction editor, and also the editor, generally, the person who started this magazine—there are days and weeks full of busywork, envelope-stuffing, website-making, and tedium so repetitive that I can’t think of a good way to describe them, other than maybe “brain salad.” There are …

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Writing Conscience

October 16, 2015

One of the first things— if not the first thing— I ever wrote was likely a grocery list. Nowadays, I could probably get a grocery list published if I worked very hard on it and called it creative nonfiction. I could arrange the ingredients in the list creatively, and for each ingredient I could label its intended use, or I could lie and put in …

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