1 : Introduction
The Collagist comes in with a beautiful image of what looks very much like paint blooming in what was until now pristine water or paint thinner. This is the page’s header, and it’s about as visually rich as the journal gets. The header-bloom becomes the journal’s emblem, and this emblem is usefully repeated at the bottom of the page. (It would be nice if that bloom could double as the journal’s identity icon, replacing that generic isometrically-projected black box — I haven’t tested whether or not the size restriction will allow it.) If you click on the tiny little bloom at the bottom of the page then you’ll be returned to the top. The rest of the site is just as simple and understated, lending itself primarily to the stark and clear presentation of the works themselves, nothing distracting.
John Grisham wrote an interesting editorial in the New York Times about the kinds of work he has done including selling underwear at Sears.
Amber Sparks has written a must-read post about professionalism and literary magazines.
Lionel Shriver has some things to say about women and publishing in The Guardian.
Speaking of hipsters, here’s something on cultural vampirism.
If you loved Beverly Hills 90210 (the original, of course; let us not speak of the current abomination) you might enjoy this interview with a producer from that show.
I have always been fascinated by the giddiness of women in commercials about cleaning products so when I read this poem, I felt like something important was happening.