Friday, June 23, 2006


Small Spiral Notebook interviews Jami Attenberg, author of Instant Love. Click here to read our chat...

and while you're clicking, why not visit our homepage for shiny new book recommendations?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


The wonderful Patrick Rapa offers an astute analysis of SSN Contributor Paul Yoon's dazzling short story, "So That They Do Not Here Us." Click here to read more...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

new book recommendations...summer reading...

*John A. Mangarella reviews Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became A National Obsession by Dade Hayes and Jonathan Bing: Dade Hayes and Jonathan Bing chose the July 4, 2003 opening weekend for three studio blockbusters to illustrate the circuitous route of studio financing through advertiser to theater to ticket buyer and back again in their collaborative effort, Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became A National Obsession. Haye and Bing show us how deeply, if subtly loud, the studios touch our lives. "Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines" "Legally Blond 2, Red, White and Blond" and "Sinbad, The Legend of the Seven Seas" collided on that long Fourth of July weekend, each hoping to gather more legs than the legendary summer movie, "Jaws."

*Pedro Ponce reviews The Last Days of Dead Celebrities by Mitchell Fink: The Media is too often a convenient scapegoat. Whether you're a parent concerned about violence on TV, or a pundit protesting the negative coverage (or lack thereof) muddling a nation's foreign policies, the Media somehow manages to lurk behind it all. What is overlooked in such glib reasoning is the fact that such a monster would not exist without an audience to sustain it, an audience of readers and viewers figured all too simplistically as its passive victims.

*Amy Havel reviews The Coast of Akron by Adrienne Miller: Former Esquire literary editor Adrienne Miller proves, through The Coast of Akron, that she's comfortable on either side of the editing desk; innovation, voice, and wit predominate in this work, and show that her mastery of these elements is solid. The novel is big and blustery and quite dense, with a major aspect of Miller's style being an adherence to exact details. Characters, places, objects: all are described with minute and creative specificity and help to create a certain point of view which seems almost as important to the story as the plot.

News from SSN Contributor Thad Rutkowski

From THAD:


My prose poem "The Dance of the Fireflies" will be on Martha Stewart Living Radio's The Naturalist's Datebook on Tuesday, June 20, 2006, read by Marion Roach. The show airs on Sirius 112, subscription satellite radio, several times during the day.

Four of my prose poems--two about our daughter, two not--appear in the Spring 2006 and Fall 2005 issues of Penn State's alternative literary magazine, Problem Child.

My review of Mickey Z.'s history book 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to know: Reclaiming American Patriotism appears in the March-April 2006 issue of Small Press Review (Dustbooks, P.O. Box 100, Paradise, Calif. 95967). On paper.

Two of my kid pieces appear on Cornell professor Steve Poleskie's blogs:

Some of my spoken-word pieces may air on Art Waves, WKCR-FM, 89.9, Friday, June 23, at 9 p.m. Show features Iris Schwartz and Madeline Artenberg and is hosted by Anne Cammon.


"Short and Sweet," a prose poetry workshop, at the Hudson Valley Writers Center, Philipse Manor train station, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Four Mondays, 7-9 p.m., July 10 through July 31. The class will include exercises to inspire new work, as well as critiques of work-in-progress. Contact: or (914) 332-5953

Friday, June 02, 2006

the legion returns!

*SAVE THIS DATE 6.10.06*

What: The Legion of Lit Mags returns for a star-studded reading at Happy Ending Lounge in NYC on Saturday, June 10th. 7-10pm

Where: Happy Ending Lounge, NYC. 302 Broome Street

Irina Reyn for Ballyhoo Stories
Shari Goldhagen for Small Spiral Notebook
Thomas Hopkins for One Story
Geronimo Madrid for Bomb
Anthony Tognazzini for Quick Fiction

Join us for cocktails and fine readings! Editors will be available to chat and journals will be available for sale. Come one, come all!

The Legion of Lit Mags is an ongoing and evolving cooperative project between some of the most prominent literary magazines to bring attention to the best in new literature.