Monday, November 10, 2014

Mailbox Monday: London Calling

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

Two books arrived in my mailbox last week and they are super cool. London cool.

The London Magazine: A Review of Literature and the Arts, October/November 2014 edition. OK, it says it is a magazine. But it is the size of a paperback book, it looks like a book, and it arrived in my mailbox, so I'm counting it.

I might have been an English Lit major, but I'd never heard of The London Magazine. And here it was "first published in 1732" -- it says right on the cover. I now know that TLM is:

The UK's oldest cultural journal featuring the best original poetry, short fiction, cultural reviews and literary essays since 1732.
The London Magazine has been responsible for publishing some of the most significant literature in British history. From Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats to T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas and Doris Lessing, today it remains at the forefront with the best contemporary writing. Its writers on art have included John Richardson, Alan Bowness, Edward Lucie-Smith and Mel Gooding and it has featured original work by Graham Sutherland, Prunella Clough, Maggie Hambling and Frank Auerbach.
This edition is filled with essays, poems, reviews, and pictures.  I'm going to start with a movie review of a documentary Robert De Niro recently made about his father, a New York artist who made a splash in the 1950s.

Learn more about The London Magazine, including how to subscribe, at the magazine's website, facebook page, and twitter.

Goodbye Crocodile: Short Stories by Conor Patrick.  The London Magazine published this collection of 12 short stories by an American author living in England.  The book is available in America in a Kindle edition or from the published in a paperback edition.

The back cover describes Conor Patrick's stories as "crisp" and "captivating" and the snippets I grabbed as I flipped through so far have definitely been that -- lots of objects and moving and talking. I like that.

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