Silence of the City / Books Sales Up / Purpose of Lit Mags

July 19, 2006

Silence of the City Versus Talk of the Town
There’s a new twist on rejections. Getting a piece published in New Yorker’s Talk of the Town is supposedly a way to get access to longer pieces in the publication. Yet the magazine receives more than 100 a week, and only publishes 10 a year.
Mac Mantandon aspired to get something published for years. Nothing. Therefore he started Silence of the City (, which in a mock layout of the New Yorker publishes pieces rejected by the famed weekly. To be considered by the online publications, you submit by email noting the date of the rejection.

Book Sales Up
Books sales hit $1.11 billion in May. That’s up from the previous year and it reverses a three-month trend of declining sales.

The Purpose of a Lit Mag​?
Michael Schmidt asks: “Where indeed in the independent ‘little’ literary magazines does the pleasure lie?” He answers the question.


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