Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Source of Lit: Taint Magazine archives

While it's important (though mostly impossible) to keep up with all that is new and fresh and published just-this-minute in the crazy world of print and online literary magazines, there are still many venues either fallen or laid to rest that still have their archives available. I don't think that sneaking through the archives constitutes a looking backward as opposed to forging ahead with the new. All that to say that as I've been gearing up for an interview, I've been reading the archives at Taint Magazine (see, looking at the archives and forging ahead at the same time), an online literary journal formerly mastheaded by Mark Cajigao, Chris Young, Michael Kimball, and Bill Z. Duke. Sure, a new issue hasn't been published since 2004, but the archives generously remain, and my god there's so much good stuff in there. Here are just a few:

Editors Exposed: An Anthropological Investigation of the Editorus rejectionus by Shya Scanlon

Michael Kimball Interviews Dawn Raffel

In the Beginning, There Was ELIMAE: Michael Kimball Interviews Deron Bauman

An Interview with Neal Pollack

So You Wrote a Book? Michael Kimball on getting published

More Kimball: Where The Words Are: An Interview with Sam Lipsyte

Belongings: Items #3, #7, #15 by David Barringer

Burning Up by Peter Markus

Dark Property (An Affliction) by Brian Evenson

Fish Heads: Revisited by Peter Markus

Five Grim Tales by Norman Lock

Guts by Peter Markus

Hammered by Bob Thurber

If You Were Doing Things by Ken Sparling

In a Boat about to Drown by Robert Lopez

Photo Album by Chris Higgs

Provisionally, Steve by Sam Lipsyte

A Vestigial Interest by Derek White

A Real Good Guy by Joseph Young

That's just some of the columns and fiction. I think it might go on forever and ever. Just thought you should know.

* A whining aside: I don't care for the exclusive connotations of the term "literary", which for most people does not include science fiction, absurdist writing, and other "non-realist" writing; for me, "literary" certainly includes those categories.

Also, I used the word "forging" twice, which felt like too much for the space in which it occurred. It's a word of cessation, which is ordinary enough to use in a blog post, but unusual enough to stick when it occurs more than once in a small enough space of text, causing the silent reader in your head to linger on the word for an extra moment. Fortunately, though, that moment is much shorter than the time it takes to plough through an rambling off-topic footnote.

(did you notice the silent but sticky double "ough"?)


christopher higgs said...

That was one of the first things I ever got published! I still remember getting the email from Michael Kimball and being so excited that someone actually liked my writing. Thanks for linking to that piece, Josh!

Joseph Young said...

So, Michael and I corresponded via taint back in the day, back when he lived in Texas. One day I randomly went to a reading in Baltimore and afterward went up to meet one of the readers, Michael Kimball, whose name I'd completely misplaced from my past. He, though, the generous guy he is, remembered me. A the-world-is-so-fucking-small moment.

Josh Maday said...

No problem, Chris. I remember that feeling, too, when I got my first piece accepted. I couldn't believe someone liked my writing, either.

Ha, that's excellent, Joseph. Yes, Michael Kimball is a hugely nice guy. That's crazy that you guys now both live in Baltimore. Of course, you are the famous Joseph Young, master flash fictioneer. At least you have been as long as I've been reading on the net. I, of course, like a wanker, did not link to your piece there; it is linked now. Thanks for stopping by, Joseph.