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May 6, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

Jayne Anne Phillips

The Atlantic's fiction issue provokes a couple of reactions: First, we're glad to see the monthly that all but foreswore short stories five years ago (after regularly publishing them since 1857) is back in the game; and second, we wonder how Washington, DC (the magazine is headquartered there) fosters such provincial taste? They don't have any trouble finding international authors in Rochester or Champaign, but apparently the vantage from the capital of the free world allows editors to spy out mostly homegrown luminaries like Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Theroux, and T. C. Boyle. As the VQR review points out, the issue has plenty of young writers, but only one who isn't American. Meanwhile, at the Millions, Lizzie Skurnick finds the issue "a model for how print and online can survive side-by-side," while at Open Letters Monthly, Steve Donoghue writes, "The Atlantic Fiction Supplement is here again, and the trouble once again starts right away.” 

Reports of n+1's digitization have been greatly exaggerated, but they're looking for a deep-pocketed donor to fund posting their print archives online.

Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark and Termitewill read tonight at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Glamour, glory, and lots of photocopying: The media job market is now so dire that job seekers are willing to pay—up to $42,500—for the privilege of being an intern