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New Magazines!

We’ve got a potpourri of new magazines coming soon! As some magazines go out of business or turn to only an online edition, we’re thrilled that other paper magazines are still flourishing. The first two of our new additions are The Paris Review and Mental_Floss, which cover the sublime to the ridiculous.

You’ve probably heard of The Paris Review, a literary magazine that has been in business since 1953. On The Paris Review website, this is how they describe their beginnings:

“Founded in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953, The Paris Review began with a simple editorial mission: “Dear reader,” William Styron wrote in a letter in the inaugural issue, ‘The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.’”

You may already be familiar with The Paris Review because of all the books that they have put out over the years. These include the series Writers at Work: the Paris Review Interviews, The Paris Review Book : of heartbreak, madness, sex, love, betrayal, outsiders, intoxication, war, whimsy, horrors, God, death, dinner, baseball, travels, the art of writing, and everything else in the world since 1953, and Object lessons : the Paris Review presents the art of the short story. The current issue (Summer 2013) includes two interviews on The Art of Biography with Michael Holroyd and Hermione Lee and an interview on The Art of Fiction with Imre Kertész. In addition you’ll find the winner of the latest NPR Three-Minute Fiction Contest, Lisa Rubenson’s story “Sorry for Your Loss.”

Hermione Lee says in her interview: “For the biographer the act of writing has to be completely ruthless. You have to write as if everyone involved in the story is dead. Otherwise you’re not going to get anywhere.” Michael Holroyd says in his interview: “Writing a biography is like a chess game – you can’t just move the pieces where you want, because you are bound to the fact of the life, but you can make the life story move.”

Now on to the ridiculous, but curiously fascinating magazine Mental_Floss! The Reference Librarians are already familiar with Mental_Floss thanks to their book Mental-floss, the book: the greatest lists in the history of listory.  The book includes such lists as 10 lists of lemon, 10 lists of lemonade, 10 sports lists for people who can’t dunk, and 10 lists to read before naming your child, company, or alter-ego. The way the magazine is described by Magazines for Librariesis “A magazine for knowledge junkies, feeds all the various parts of our brains.” So what’s in the current issue? It is a collection of their top ten lists, which includes such lists as 10 Hotel Secrets From Behind the Front Desk, 10 Historical Titans With Surprising Tattoos, 10 Magical Facts About Unicorns, and 10 Breathtaking Images of Africa. Quite an assortment of lists! In their Department called “Scatterbrained” they highlight in this issue: “The Beach: the spooky history of surfing, the birth of the bikini, dastardly sand thieves, and more.”
So stop by and take a look at The Paris Review and Mental_Floss, and we’ll be letting you know as more new magazines arrive! And just a reminder ... back issues can always be found underneath the current issue!

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