Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Great Issues this Month

A few cool issues have come out in the world of magazines this month.

The current issue Smithsonian Magazine is a special travel writers issue that is a who's-who of our top travel writers. Susan Orlean writes about Morrocco, Francine Prose writes about Japan, Frances Mayes writes about Poland, and Paul Theroux drives coast-to-coast across America. The special issue is introduced by none other than Jan Morris.

The literary magazine Tin House is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special issue of new work by major authors they've published over the decade. It's an amazing list of contributors; Colson Whitehead, Jim Shepard, Stephen King, Steve Almond, Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis, and Sherman Alexie to name a few. They've also included a short story by David Foster Wallace that was previously only seen in his college literary magazine. This issue of Tin House is less a magazine and more an anthology of contemporary American fiction.

A couple of weeks ago, I highlighted the online lit mag The Exquisite Corpse and did an interview with their editor and all around literary badass Andrei Codrescu. They have released their first annual magazine. Hopefully it will be the first in a long line of annuals drawn from that great website.

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