Little Magazine Collection

at UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

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He looks human enough, but in times of momentous breaking news, I do not know if to speak to him. I may be totally wrong. I read his face to determine whether something hides under his bed and even being a patriot like myself, he must fight…
Paul Dickey, from “The Men’s Hot Tub and the Fear of the Unknown,” Otoliths 28:1

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There are works of art with great particularity. For a piece of work to live for generations, it doesn’t require the devotion of a million people. It only requires a couple of people to love it strongly.
Junot Díaz, interview by David Naimon in Glimmer Train 91, Fall 2014.

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New arrival: Abraham Lincoln no. 8, edited by K. Silem Mohammad and published in Ashland, Oregon. We like the “little magazine spirit” that exudes from the journal’s stated publication schedule: “Abraham Lincoln is published fairly frequently, then hardly at all, then wham! there it is again.” On the topic of writers’ guidelines, the journal has this to say: “Unsolicited submissions sink ships.” This issue features poetry by Josef Kaplan, Sommer Browning, Sandra Simonds, Sampson Starkweather, and others. And quite a set of glowing big-cat eyes on that cover art.

New arrival: Abraham Lincoln no. 8, edited by K. Silem Mohammad and published in Ashland, Oregon. We like the “little magazine spirit” that exudes from the journal’s stated publication schedule: “Abraham Lincoln is published fairly frequently, then hardly at all, then wham! there it is again.” On the topic of writers’ guidelines, the journal has this to say: “Unsolicited submissions sink ships.” This issue features poetry by Josef Kaplan, Sommer Browning, Sandra Simonds, Sampson Starkweather, and others. And quite a set of glowing big-cat eyes on that cover art.

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We’re struck today by this feature “Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan,” in Exile v. 38, no. 2, the 150th issue of this Canadian literary quarterly. The feature provides a visual perspective on war with photographs and text by Rita Leistner and illustration by Jason Logan. It provokes thought on armored vehicles, smartphone photography, and how both technologies become extensions of those who use them.

We present it without much comment other than to say that, flipping through the magazine’s pages to check for interviews, we stopped in our tracks, chilled by how timely this feature seems with current news events closer to home, in Ferguson, MO, less than four hundred miles from Madison. It reminds us of the important role that little magazines— and, more broadly, text and image in combination— can play in commenting on, contextualizing, and critiquing the world around us.

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