Sunday, October 11, 2009

What the Editors Are Reading

We read all the time. When it comes to submissions to the magazine, we only read certain months of the year (see website), but on a day to day basis, the editors are constantly reading published work. Some of it's new, some of it's classic, some fiction, some theory, some poetry and some of it blogs.

Here's what we're currently reading:
  • Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
  • White Noise, Don DeLillo
  • Save the Last Dance, Gerald Stern
  • I Served the King of England and Too Loud A Solitude, Bohumil Hrabal
  • Patricia Smith's poetry collection Blood Dazzler
  • Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, edited by Madeleine Grynsztejn, (essays, etc., about the work of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson)
  • Dobby Gibson's poetry collection Skirmish
  • Planets on Tables: Poetry, Still Life, and the Turning World, Bonnie Costello
  • Burn This Book, edited by Toni Morrison
  • For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book, Alicia Ostriker
  • In a World of Ideas, I Feel No Particular Loyalty (chapbook), Adam Clay
  • City Poems (chapbook), Cindy St. John
  • The Liar's Club (memoir), Mary Karr
  • "One Reader's Digest: Toward a Gastronomic Theory of Literature," Brad Kessler
  • the poetry of Wallace Stevens
  • Harley Erdman's Staging the Jew: The Performance of an American Ethnicity, 1860-1920
  • Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen, Henry Bial
  • Clifford Odets' play Awake and Sing!
  • Elmer Rice's play Counsellor-at-Law.
  • Paradise Lost, Milton
  • The Kite Runner
  • Til We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis

In addition to that list are assorted short stories by Rick Bass, Flannery O'Connor, and T.C. Boyle. And (for those of us who also teach) a flurry of student papers as it's just about that time of year when composition students finish up their first project.

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