Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine brings together a conversation that has lit a rhetorical fire under editors, writers and readers.
The book in its entirety is a sudden inspiration to the masses of young editors who want to start their own magazine, regardless of the obstacles they may have to overcome. Highlighting the importance of the reading masses, Kurowski reminds us that though readership may determine the life-span of a given magazine, it is the writers who ultimately control it. This is enough to fill any aspiring or veteran editor with hope.
Paper Dreams is a rich, collective history of an evolving medium featuring essays and interviews by and with literary icons (Pierre Bayle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Monroe and Ezra Pound) and influential contemporaries (Frederick Barthelme, T.C. Boyle, Roxane Gay, Herbert Leibowitz, Rick Moody, Speer Morgan, Jay Neugeboren, Jim Shepard, Laura van den Berg, and dozens of others), all of which illustrates the significance of what has become a longstanding creative pillar and cultural linchpin of American society.
The literary magazine has endured a century of change but it has always endured. Paper Dreams is a comprehensive, must-have resource for everyone in the writing community-from publishers, editors and writers to educators, book stores and librarians, Paper Dreams is a living testament to the resilience of the literary magazine and the people who make them possible.
It’s The American Dream in a nutshell.
Beyond description of how important this piece of literary history truly is, every editor, writer and reader should have a copy for his/her own personal library and one to carry around for the day you come across a young, aspiring editor/writer on the brink of giving up on contributing to the resurrection of the literary magazine.
You can purchase your own copy of Paper Dreams here.
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-Paige Edenfield, Decades Review