Luna Digest, 8/18

cover6.jpgMore 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 ChinqueeCharles 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.

youdontknowme2.jpgThree big literary magazines—BOMB, Opium, and Gigantic—throw a tripartite fundraiser party in New York together at the Bowery Electric on August 26.

Time Magazine writes approvingly about the Asia Literary Review–reminiscent of a 1958 piece in Time about another English language literary magazine overseas (at least overseas at the time).

This time, in Canada and from The New Quarterly: You Can Help Save Small Mags.

A new Scottish Granta? The Glasgow-based design agency Freight launches poetry and fiction magazine Gutter.

Following the serialization of Shya Scanlon’s novel Forecast online? Chapter 10 is now up at Keyhole.

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.

Caitlins-George-Image2-98x132.jpgHunger 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.

  1. Rosalynn

    Thanks for the link! This is the first I’ve heard of your blog — I will definitely be checking it, and Luna Park, out in the future.

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