Looking for something good to read? Check out some of our favorite online magazines. From brief nonfiction to editorial photography, these publications are ones to bookmark on your browser!
Often called the PBS of literature, Narrative aims to advance the literary arts in the ever-changing digital world. An excerpt:
“It all began when I found myself trying to squeeze a book on obscure wild berries into one of the five overstuffed bookcases I’d devoted solely to cookbooks. I was absolutely certain that, despite living in Brooklyn, I needed this book and would one day find myself with a basket of jostaberries, thimbleberries, or salmonberries.”
— Aleksandra Crapanzano’s “Shelf Space” (Narrative, Spring 2010)
Hoping to expand the literary landscape, Fringe publishes emerging multimedia art such as audio collage and hypertext alongside more traditional forms of writing.
“For a long time, when asked what profession I was in, I would reply by saying that I was a professional milk steamer.”
— Amy L. Clark’s “Someone Else’s Ivy” (Fringe, Issue 22)
In a world constantly looking to the present and future, LOST contemplates how we can recover those things that have passed us by.
“…something had to be done. I had to save it. I had to steal from the library. The plan was simple: I’d check the record out and leave it out of sight, out of mind, until a few days before my move. Then, the day before I left, I’d report it missing, clear my account and skip town. I wouldn’t touch it until I was well past the point of no return.”
— Andrew Phillips’ “Library Privileges” (LOST, No. 37)
“The watch clanked against an aerosol can of hairspray, dinged against a crystal bottle of perfume that she raised momentarily to her neck. I must have been the right height to notice how the second hand never hesitated or ticked audibly. Not like the navy wristwatch I’d been given for my birthday. No. The long slender hand swept over numbers, graceful, like my aunt.”
— Lisa Groen Braner’s “The Watch” (Brevity, No. 33)
One of the first online literary journals to do it right, Drunken Boat gives young artists a unique platform on which to share their work.
“At a gallery in Poughkeepsie, where ‘contemporary’ translated into ‘formless,’ people were bumping their heads on floating pieces of driftwood. A young boy almost tripped onto a rug of pins. I’d been home a couple of years already but was still struggling with the blurred lines of where things end.”
— Ben Berman’s “Gallery Walk” (Drunken Boat, No. 11)
Featuring reviews of any and all things that are bygone, Defunct ponders “mementoes from the trash bin of history.”
“A magazine aimed at everyone might as well ask the big questions, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that we begin with a discourse on what has driven man from his animal primitivity to his present state of civilization. (Answer, six pages later: his ‘desires.’)”
— Kerry Howley’s “So Cosmo Says You’re Fat: A Retrospective” (Defunct, Vol. 1, Issue 1)
Founded in 2006, PANK features edgy, contemporary works by emerging writers on audio, online, and in print.
“It might be a true story. Lots of her mother’s stories seem true. But it also might just be a made-up story to make Chloe feel better, like the one about dog-heaven, which is actually a hole in the backyard, and the one about dad-heaven, which is actually two counties over in a trailer park.”
— Shanna Germain’s “Big Red” (PANK, May 2010)
What do you think, ModLovers? Tell us your favorite literary stops on the web!