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Literary MagNet

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features the Grove Review, the Sonora Review, Volt, Quick Fiction, and Barrelhouse. 

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Q&A: Inside Christopher McCabe's BEA

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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Christopher McCabe, the new manager of BEA, speaks directly about its purpose and sets the stage for the United States publishing industry’s biggest event.

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Searching for Signs of Shakespeare

by Kevin Canfield

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Most writers have heard the old saying about the Bard and the chimps: Gather 100 monkeys (or similarly hirsute primates) in a room, give them typewriters, and sooner or (more likely) later, they’ll deliver the complete works of Shakespeare. Nick Hoggard, a British computer programmer living in Sweden, has decided to put the theory—often attributed to Thomas Huxley, a 19th-century disciple of Charles Darwin—to the test. 

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Imported Imprint to Close Its Doors

by Christopher Arthur

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

HarperCollins recently announced that it will close its United States imprint Fourth Estate. 

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Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

Page One features a sample of titles we think you'll want to explore. With this installment, we offer excerpts from Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk, Bitter Milk by John McManus, and The Lake, The River & the Other Lake by Steve Amick.

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The Written Image: Voices in Wartime

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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Voices in Wartime, a documentary about the experience of war as seen by soldiers, journalists, historians, and poets, featuring contemporary poets Chris Abani, Sam Hamill, Marie Howe, and Todd Swift, opened in select theaters nationwide last month.

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Fear of Flight: Rewriting Short Fiction as a Novel

by Ginger Strand

The Practical Writer

Posted 5.1.05

May/June 2005

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In April 2003, an agent sat down with me, pointed to my manuscript, and said the words I had been dreading: I think this should be a novel. I shuddered. I was no novelist. I was a minimalist, a votress of the goddess of gesture, a worshipper at the altar of the succinct. I was a short story writer.

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In Memory of Hunter S. Thompson: Postcard From Louisville, Kentucky

by Nickole Brown

Postcard

Online Only, posted 4.15.05

When I stepped off the plane in Aspen, Colorado, in June 1997, I found a 60-year-old Hunter S. Thompson waiting for me in a convertible Cadillac blasting Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" at full volume. I was terrified; he was giddy. He was playing the song because it was a part of the soundtrack put together for the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that was scheduled to hit theaters the following summer, and he could not have been happier.

 

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Small Press Points

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

Small Press Points highlights the happenings of the small press players. This issue features Copper Canyon Press, Shambhala Publications, Other Press, Suspect Thoughts Press, and Vernacular Press

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The Tale of the 10 Cruelest Months

by Daniel Nester

News and Trends

Posted 3.1.05

March/April 2005

The Academy gears up to celebrate the 10th annual National Poetry Month in April—an event seen, depending on one’s perspective, as either a marketing bonanza or a wonderful excuse to bring poems into the public sphere.

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