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"?)