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Open City #26 (Open City Magazine #26)
Open City’s opening credo, announced in an ad in a 1991 issue of The Village Voice calling for submissions, was “Primary sources, nervous voices.” Featuring fiction, poetry, and essays by an exciting array of debut writers and established talents. Open City’s editorial taste is eclectic, though a common thread is an attempt at exposing, elucidating, and getting as close as ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Grove Press, Open City Books
(first published November 1st 2008)
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Almost all of the short stories and poems in this volume are instantly forgettable. None of them sparked my interest until the very end of the book. One was a story by Benjamin Golliver about the Portland Trail Blazers in a summer exhibition basketball game in Las Vegas. The other was a non-fiction piece by Brad Gooch about Flannery O'Connor in the Iowa Writer's Workshop when she was on the cusp of achieving fame.
The madness continues in another issue of solid prose and some of the most self-consciously bad poetry I've ever read. I'm so tempted, for example, to type out the entirety of the poem "Hatred of Men with Blonde Eyebrows," but I'll let the title suggest its essential badness..... Good stuff, though, from Matt Spektor, Ben Golliver, and a poem (?) made entirely of facebook profile updates (?) by Strawberry Saroyan. This remains one of my favorite magazines.