You Are an Open Node
If you still need a reason to write for Luna Park about your favorite literary magazine, your least favorite literary magazine, your hero editor, a killer short story you just read, a head-exploding poem, a revelatory essay, some seamless editing, some kick-ass lit mag design or cover art, or even your favorite local magazine rack in your favorite local bookstore—read Matt Bell’s post “Blake Butler and Dan Wickett on Being an Open Node.” Then go ahead and read Butler (from No Colony and Lamination Colony) and Wickett‘s (from Dzanc and Emerging Writers) original posts on the subject. Don’t have time to keep up with lit mags in the world of Web 2.0? Rarely Likable has posted a list of lit mags with RSS feeds. Daryl Scroggins has posted at Clusterflock, that hybrid of blogging, the complete table of contents for the first 25 issues of Gordon Lish’s The Quarterly (1987-95). Together, the contents are a trip through one of the most influential lit mags of the second half of the twentieth century. And, speaking of highly influential (and popular) lit mags, Joseph McCrindle, founder and editor of Transatlantic Review (1959-77), has died (an issue of the magazine is pictured above). More than just a fine editor, McCrindle was a literary philanthropist, establishing the Henfield Foundation, which gives out the lucrative and highly respected Henfield Prize (past winners are Ethan Canin, Walter Mosely, and our own staff writer Sam Ruddick). Finally, Ben Myers writes for The Guardian about porn, literature, and The Erotic Review.