View Full Version : Literary journals (any fans?)

Stefan A.
12-23-2008, 02:05 AM
I've just started reading literary journals for their short stories and poetry. The first one I bought was Ploughshares. It features some good short stories. Plus, it has a couple of interesting memoirs/non-fiction pieces. It's published quarterly. And I'm definitely going to pick up the next issue.

Another journal I bought was The Antioch Review. I haven't really read much into this issue, but the articles on celebrity are good. This has less fiction stories, and I haven't read those yet. But it looks like an overall good publication.

Anyone else like these journals or any other ones?

Fred C. Dobbs
12-23-2008, 02:13 AM
I like Ploughshares as well. A couple I like that are still around are The New York Quarterly and Brick.

A few from the past I really enjoyed were Longshot, Onthebus, and Gargoyle.

Randy Thomas G
12-23-2008, 05:41 AM
Not a literary journal per se, but Harper's magazine has really good modern writers doing short stories all the time. I collect old Evergreen Reviews and New Directions in Prose and Poetry as well as the Orbit, Quark and New Worlds for New Wave sf short stories and poetry. Book Forum is great for reviews but doesn't run any short fiction.

Granta is also strong, although I haven't read it in a long time.

Stefan A.
12-23-2008, 08:44 AM
I'll have to check out those ones you mention, Fred. I don't know if it's my ignorance or not, but those sound underground, except for The New York Quarterly of course. But I wouldn't be surprised if some of the others are published by some well known colleges/universities.

I've been considering subscribing to Harper's for their short stories, R.T. I just wish it had more fiction. It's now basically a lot smarter version of the news mags (i.e., Newsweek and Time). But that makes it different in its own good way.

And that reminds me of The New Yorker. I think they just publish one short story per issue now. But I like their movie reviews because they're well thought out. And I always love when John Updike writes something for them, even his reviews.

Another similar mag is The Atlantic. But I haven't really looked at it that much.

Oh, and one legendary magazine I've never read and really want to--and the main reason is because I can't find anywhere to buy it in the sticks which I live--is The Paris Review. As much as I hate to shop online at other places than Amazon.com, I'll have to buy an issue from their website eventually.

And let us not forget Weird Tales! I haven't seen a copy of one in a store for quite a while. They came back and are publishing now, however. I'm not sure of the quality. But I'm a genre lover, as I know everyone else on these message boards are also. I really need to subscribe to it. You can subscribe at their website: http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/. I wish their were more horror/fantasy fiction publications.

Sam H
12-23-2008, 09:05 AM
My main interests fall under neuroscience and there are a number of nice journals out there (NATURE / NEURON / JOURNAL OF NEUROBIOLOGY, etc.) Can't recall any [journals]I've read in the last few years that weren't of a science demographic but it's always nice to broaden the tastes a little. If anyone has any interest in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, I have a -lot- of interesting research publications saved.

Stefan A.
12-23-2008, 11:22 AM
You reminded me of an old, strange interest of mine, Sam, but it's not as deep as yours. Ever since I read "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and watched the movie adaptation, I've been interested in the history and procedure of lobotomy. I know there are a couple of books on the subject at Amazon, and I'll proably end up buying them sooner or later. That's obviously outdated neuroscience. But I also find electroshock therapy really fascinating, which is still used today. I'd actually like to have the procedure just to see what it feels like. Some notable people have had the procedure: Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace. That's not why I want to try it, though. I want to try it like some people want to get tasered or electrocuted by a stun gun. I'm not a masochist, but it sounds like a crazy and memorable experience. I guess that show "Jackass" has kind of worn off on me some and makes me want to do stupid things sometime. (I'm an easily impressionable adult...haha.)

Sam H
12-23-2008, 02:48 PM
Stefan, lobotomy is indeed outdated as you say. Sounds like your niche area would fall under the neuroanatomy of emotion. Before they [lobotomies] were performed on humans, studies were conducted on chimps by removing their prefrontal cortex. Chimps that were regularly throwing tantrums no longer displayed any sort of tantrum behavior once the prefrontal area was lesioned and they became rather unemotional. The work with chimps then extended to humans and lesioning the prefrontal cortex between the orbitofrontal and limbic system. It worked in the sense that it calmed psychotic participants but like the chimps, they did not display emotion and had trouble with executive functions like planning and paying attention. I believe the bulk of this research was from the WWII era but cannot think of any particular authors at the moment. It's definitely an unethical and generally non-effective treatment.

Electroconvulsive therapy's definitely had mixed support. I know it's been on a steady decline for a couple of decades. From what I remember, it's supposedly effective for mania, bipolar disorder, and depression, although personally I think the best bang-for-the-buck (and effective, IMO) treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy going back to the Ellis and Beck models of the 60s. Of all psychotherapy systems, CBT's without a doubt the most universal specialty among clinicians over the last decade.

Stefan A.
12-28-2008, 04:02 PM
Some of what you talk about is over my head, Sam. I took a required introduction to psychology course in college, but I didn't learn much from it although I passed the class with an A. I believe it only touched on cbt, but I don't remember. (I haven't retained a lot of stuff because of cramming before tests/exams.) But the subject sounds interesting nonetheless and worth reading about.

Aaron G
01-19-2009, 03:13 AM
n + 1 is pretty good. I occasionally read 'The Monthly' here in Australia because I'm such a bleeding fart Chardonnay Socialist.