Monday, April 18th, 2011

'Los Angeles Review of Books' Creates Jobs

The Los Angeles Review of Books has come into existence, with an opening salvo from Awl pal Ben Ehrenreich, with a very recent history of the death of the book, a proposition regarding which you can imagine both author and publication are "con." It's a bit more philosophical than might readily be embraced elsewhere on the Internet, addressing as it does "bibilionecrophilia: the retreat of the print-faithful into a sort of autistic fetishization of the book-as-object—as if Jeff Bezos could be convinced to lay e-profits aside by recalling for a moment the soft, woody aroma of a yellow-paged Grove Press paperback; as if there were nothing more to books than paper, ink, and glue" instead of, you know, the ways that publishing is changing right now and how people can make money off of it instead of just throwing their books off a cliff, but we'll take it. Also it has a masthead of 16 people! There appear to be two poetry editors! Anyway, bookmark it, follow it on Tumblr, print it out, etc.

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keisertroll (#1,117)

Meanwhile, my review of books/softcore gay porn mag, The American Male Observer, goes unendowed.

Good luck, guys. But saying "The Los Angeles Review of Books is the first major book review to launch in the 21st century" is a pretty ignorant way to start things off, no?


Also, I don't say that to be rude… new journals/reviews are always welcome of course. But there are some great ones out there already who deserve some recognition. (Quarterly Conversation, Asymptote, HiLobrow, Calque, Words Without Borders etc.)

BadUncle (#153)

The LA Review of Books is the most exciting thing to happen since the launch of Scientific Oklahoman.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

More than two HUNDRED contributing editors.

Solid choices for poetry eds, by the way.

bookishy (#11,245)

Asymptote is a beautiful translation journal, HiLobrow a fantastic culture magazine with a few book reviews, Calque is a great print journal with one book review an issue, The Quarterly Conversation is superb, but it concentrates on literature in translation and experimental fiction almost entirely–the only real contender for '1st major book review'–BadUncle is right–is Scientific Oklahoman.

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