Electric Literature no. 1 (Summer 2009)
There’s a Jim Shepard story about Swiss avalanche researchers in the 1930s — it already sounds like a Jim Shepard story, doesn’t it? A convoluted, self-doubting account of hopeless endeavor, humorous yet devastating in Shepard’s best manner.
There’s one from Diana Wagman, about a one-breasted woman, that will leave you uncertain whether to laugh or cry.
T. Cooper contributes a furious, touching story about jealousy.
There’s an excerpt — a history of the relationship between two brothers — from Michael Cunningham’s novel-in-progress Olympia, which judging from this excerpt may well prove to be a masterpiece.
And a brilliant Lydia Millet story that gets inside the heart of an über-professional dogwalker.
Not only is this state-of-the-art fiction, but the editors have really thought through the question of distribution — you have the choice of acquiring this magazine in the form of an e-book, or on your iPhone, or as a print-on-demand paperback. Electric Literature will make you freshly optimistic about the future of the literary magazine.