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My work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, New Delta Review, and Gargoyle #57, among others. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. Currently, I'm an Associate editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Illuminate

What's wrong with the modern book review?

The Book Seller

4 comments:

bevjackson said...

Gee, this is so general...who? what? when? I'm not sure that I agree with that at all. I think the web and good journals have provided us with ample great lit reviews, and it seems to me the papers have always leaned to mainstream, no? Too general...I can't get it.

(but very interesting, thanks, Kat!)

katrina said...

Well it's interesting to me becuase I don't where he's finding these uninspiring book reviews. I find reviews in literary journals that turn me on to new authors all the time. I think he's looking in the wrong places.

Myfanwy Collins said...

He says "the broadsheets" on Saturday and he's a buyer for Waterstones so is he talking about the UK?

Clifford Garstang said...

Yes, it sounds like the UK, so it might be a different story here in the US. I find it interesting, though, because I've been asked to do a series of reviews and I'm struggling with tone as I try to come up with something useful to say.

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