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The Reading Room:
Reading Room discover the best fiction, essays, smart argument
and poetry of the moment. You will find no homogenized theme parks here.
Reading Room brings you strong individual voices from the US and
around the world — in this issue: Kenya, India, Spain, Morocco, Haiti and
France. The Reading Room, a literary journal born of New
York energy, features young new talent alongside more established writers.
FROM THE PREMIERE ISSUE.. .
I'm a woman into magical realism, an avid reader of Garciá Márquez,
the Allende gal and their high-flying disciples."
...the helium of Holiday's beauty filled me and I floated up over the night,
hearing everything and nothing... I would pursue Holiday through this glamorous
jungle as the cannibals had Betty Boop's sidekicks."
The art critic Rosamond Krauze...considered Picasso's switch from Cubism
to Neoclassicism a betrayal. Betrayal...a word used about treason
or sexual cheating? In other words, if you make a choice of something from
the past over something modern you should be hung."
In a subterranean sense Proust was an orphan on the lam navigating his
own inner world. Far from being a whining invalid, he was as alert as any
street orphan, any picaro, in his hyper-attenuated sense of physical
danger and keenly honed ability to sight possible paths of salvation."
The trick was to get out of being a nobody by harnessing yourself to a
somebody who was, deep down inside, a nobody, too. The trick was to
give status to your own woundedness. So I went and wrote a letter to
Her real name was Teresa. Teresa Fleishman. Irish mother. Jewish pop. Half
hillbilly, half princess...She took her mother's surname of McCoy because
she thought her father was a thug. She wanted roots in the soulful south,
not the airheaded pacific Northwest."
Orange balloons dotted the ceiling of his daughter's room. No, there were
none at all, it was only the afternoon light. Prashant remembered saying
goodbye to his father once when he was very young. Augustin had explained
the gravity of the demonstration, of answering Gandhi's call."
I felt alone. I felt alone with my kind of small town patriotism in an
age that couldn't care less. That spat on it."
AND YOU WILL ALSO FIND...
...the work of Lionel Abel, Linsey Abrams, Madison Smartt Bell, Avi Dresner, Stuart Engesser, Kenneth Koch, Don Maggin, John Buffalo Mailer, Mark Mirsky, Yvonne Murphy, Michele Tolela Myers, Julie Obaso, Cara Prieskorn, James Purdy, Julián Ríos, J. Schwartzman, Maria Solomon. Cover artwork: Larry Rivers.
Look forward to our next issue this Fall featuring: Joseph Roth, the Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, Clancy Sigal on LA, and an excerpt from a new translation of Charles-Louis Philippe's great classic Bubu of Montparnasse
"Bubu stood for Paris as some of Dickens' novels stand for London...Philippe had a gift which is rare enough...to be able to select, out of personal experience, what is really significant."
The Reading Room is published by Great Marsh Press P.O. Box 2144, Lenox Hill Station, NY, NY 10021—tel: (212) 946-4522. All Great Marsh books are distributed by Ingram and are available at all bookstores including online booksellers.