Beauty & Innovation In Online Publishing—Does It Have to Be One or the Other?
Daniel Roberts’s recently chose “12 of the Most Beautiful Literary Magazines Online” for Flavorwire. There are honestly some great picks here—Fiddleblack, Paper Darts, The Paris Review (of course)—but I can’t help notice that all the picks are doing pretty expected stuff when it comes to online reading.
Not that that’s bad. Just to say, there’s an entire category of beauty missing from the list, magazines that push the screen to do new things, ones that upset our reading expectations. Magazines like Triple Canopy, Born Magazine, and Slope. Magazines that make me hesitate using the word “magazine” to talk about them.
I mean, I like reading The Paris Review on my computer, and Guernica—which I read at least once a week—and many others from Roberts’s list. But I wouldn’t want to think that’s all there is when it comes to beautiful experiences reading literature online.