Magazine Rack Issue 3

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by David Gershator & Phillis Gershator

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A Journal of Letters and Life, 1983-2015


Andrei Codrescu's magazine is on line! We had complained before about the size of the print in the economy grade paper version. Now, for the small print challenged, you have the entire smorgasbord, in any size you choose. Don't be turned off by the initial NO page (ie, no submissions accepted). Click on NO, and yes, you'll find the new improved format, plus a big selection of art (photos, collage, paintings, calligraphy...) along with music videos and literature-essays, poetry, fiction, as well as eulogies/appreciations/memoirs including Jerome Poynton on "Bill Heine: the Legend, for Real (1929-2012)," Gerald Nicosia on "Jack Micheline, the Last Boho," and Ivan Argüelles on his late brother ("hip"). Contributions are international, from Romania, Greece, Macedonia, with references jumping from pop to academic, from Twinkies to Woodstock to The Divine Comedy. A rich compilation-and archives too.




DIS describes itself as "a New York-based collective composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso and David Toro. Its cultural interventions are manifest across a range of media and platforms, from site-specific museum and gallery exhibitions to ongoing online projects." Discussion, disco, dystopia, discovery...a cornucopia of photos, sounds/music, images, and text focusing on culture, fashion, pop trends, contemporary art. Dipping into the byways of its many offerings can take some time, but we did discover surprising visuals and revealing interviews/articles/conversations, ranging from porn to politics. A grab bag of intriguing, weird stuff. Art student heaven.



Publishers and editors Roxane Gay and M. Bartley Seigel bring out 6 issues a year, going back 8 years online. All the issues in 2015 feature poetry and fiction by different writers in each issue, plus a sampling of sound clips of the authors reading aloud. Envisioned as a literary platform to foster "access to emerging and innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers," individual works stand out as strong, strange, occasionally experimental. The short fiction for November-December includes "Reunion" by Megan Giddings and "Whalesong" by M. M. Pryor, unique takes on a sexual coming of age, explicit but still young and fresh in spirit. Among the poets represented: Juan Morales, Carolyn DeCarlo, and Jocelyn Sears, who pulls beauty from a stinking site filled with machinery in her "Elegy for Ragged Mountain Reservoir":

      ...No penance in song or songlessness-
              the water
              molders treebody        into flesh.

                            Even the night sky
holds its breath.              Not a word
from the broken bells of the stars.



© Aldo Vigliarolo