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Looks like it will be ok to post any Magazine reading here? Harper's? Atlantic? My usual literary journals? Anyone have issues with me starting a topic for them?
I like Atlantic. One of the biggest problem with not reading it on time is that by the time I get to it, the current situation had changed. A lot. So I am trying to stay on top.
Literary magazines - not that much. Although I hate when I have the debut story of a new voice and manage to read it after they manage to publish a novel.
Cheever is one of the authors whose unpopularity (or relative unpopularity outside of USA) always baffled me.
There are a few authors like that - not just American but also a few British. They just do not make the standard canon outside of their country for some reason -- and people just don't hear about them. I found Cheever by chance. Someone else might not be that lucky.
Anthony Trollope from the novelists shares their destiny - at least in the non-English speaking world.
Sounds almost as "The Ghost and Other Tales of Terror" ;)
years behind in my reading. The great thing about this is that the books which are heavily splashed
as reviews or advertised pages don't have the same impact several years down the road. Also popular books are now available because so much time has lapsed. It's mostly interesting to read what was considered essential a while back and to see how it has evolved in people's interest in the work since then.
I think I've found a workable magazine strategy, three years into this. I had been letting one subscription (of three) or another pile up each year because I didn't have time for all. This year I've become broader and shallower: I page through every magazine, and read only the articles I feel like, skim or abandon at whim. No slogging through articles out of obligation.
shocking how banal so much of the content has become. There are still a few good long articles of reportage that are always interesting, but the front of the magazine is full of such triviality and junk that it's a nuisance to have to read. Like do I really care who invented the
trampoline? And what the luxurious condo of some city counsellor looks like? The trivialization of things has become so annoying. These items are always bit bites as if they are writing for people with no attention span.They have really dumbed the magazine down.