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The Conversationalist

Our Exclusive Interview with Lance Sheary Grub Street Grackle:  Thirty years into your career, you’re still getting a lot of attention, both favorable and critical. How do you feel about your enduring celebrity status? Lance Sheary:  I don’t much notice the praise; most who speak sympathetically about me don’t seem to ...

On Ignoring Your Standards Sometimes

by Grubby When I was seventeen years old, I thought American Beauty and Fight Club were the best movies ever made, and I said so at every opportunity. After much pestering, Mom and Dad sacrificed two evenings to watch them with me, even though they hated both movies almost from the first minute. They even sat through the ...

Twitter as Literary Magazine

by Grubby   What is the purpose of a literary magazine? Who does it serve? If there is or can be such a thing as a “successful” literary magazine, then there must be an answer to these questions. One hears the answer (at Fence, for example) that it serves art itself, or more narrowly the art of letters. It serves this art ...