Since I was gifted an e-reader late last year, my purchase of paper books has significantly decreased in favor of the convenience and instant gratification of e-books. However, as a writer I've been making more of an effort do the following:
1. Support my favorite local indie bookshops.
2. Support literary magazines.
3. Read more literary magazines I'd like to see my work in.
Lately whenever I have made a purchase with one of the above three goals in mind, that purchase has ended up on my nightstand. While I love the convenience of my e-reader, I have definitely missed actual books and find myself reaching for something with real pages before falling asleep at night or on those rare, but delicious mornings when I am free to lay in bed and read away the hours. I've managed to put together a nice little stack of reading material and I thought I'd share it with you lovely folks today and find out what your bedside reading entails.
In the above pic, starting at the top and working around clockwise we have Artiface, Writing in an Age of Silence, Curbside Splendor, The Offbeat, Hobart, and Fifth Wednesday Journal.
1. Artiface -- I mentioned this little lit mag in my last post, but as it ended up on the nightstand and I've been spending a lot of time flipping through it, I thought it deserved another mention. I love the simple aesthetic of this journal and unpredictable poetic whimsy of its content. This reading material has been great for me as I have been going through an experimental phase with my own writing.
2. Writing in an Age of Silence by Sara Paretsky -- I picked this up for a couple different reasons. For those who don't know Paretsky's work, she is a mystery writer. She also grew up in Kansas, went to KU and happened to live in the same scholarship hall I lived in during my undergrad a few decades later. She eventually ended up in Chicago, and since we share some of the same stops on our life journeys, when I randomly came across her memoir, I picked it up expecting to read her life story. Instead, what I've found so far is a series of brilliantly insightful essays on her view of the world. I've really been enjoying this book so far.
3. Curbside Splendor -- I haven't dived into this one yet, but it is a new local lit mag that is chocked full of fiction, poetry and photos. It is a sleek looking little book and I love discovering new local journals.
4. The Offbeat -- I confess, I picked this up solely based off the cover photo. So far I've really enjoyed the writing I have read in here so far, though I haven't spent much time with this one yet.
5. Hobart -- Always a favorite journal of mine. I was lucky enough to get one of my flash fiction pieces in the online version of Hobart a few years ago, but I would love to get a full length story in their print edition, so I picked up their Great Outdoors themed issue. As usual, their editors have impeccable taste.
6. Fifth Wednesday Journal -- In 2008, Fifth Wednesday accepted one of my stories. This would have been fantastic -- if I hadn't withdrawn the story from their consideration months before because it had been accepted elsewhere. Since then, my quest to get another story accepted there has been futile, so I picked up their newest issue in an effort to brush up on their aesthetic.
So that's what on my nightstand. What's on yours?
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