I’m excited to announce that a new story by Jim Shepard appears in July’s issue of Zoetrope: All-Story. Here’s an excerpt:
My mother liked to remind me that at the age of four I left a garden party one rainy afternoon with my toothbrush in my fist, fully intending a life of exploration, only to be returned later that afternoon by the postman. Her version of the story emphasized the boundaries that her daughter refused to accept. Mine was about the emancipation I felt when I closed the gate latch behind me and left everyone in my wake, and the world came to meet me like a wave.
For those of you unfamiliar with this publication, here’s a little more about it, taken from the website.
In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. It has received every major story award, including the National Magazine Award for Fiction, while publishing today’s most promising and significant writers…Along with new stories, each edition of the magazine presents a Classic Reprint—a previously published short story that inspired a great film—to illustrate the narrative relationship between the art forms…Zoetrope: All-Story is also an art magazine, as the editors invite a different contemporary artist to illustrate and design each issue.
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“Electric Literature, the quarterly literary journal known among bookish elites as much for its carefully selected short stories as its multi-platform distribution, are the first literary magazine to get the iPad treatment. EL for iPad includes specialties like video playback, an audiobook, art and photo illustrations, and even live readings by authors, who in the past have included Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham, MacArthur “Genius” grant winners, and other masters of the written word. The best part? The free app allows Electric Literature’s video collaborations, the publisher’s sometimes witty, sometimes haunting, and sometimes downright mesmerizing book videos, to appear harmoniously alongside the short stories that inspired them.
Electric Literature’s iPad app is preloaded with work by literary powerhouse Jim Shepard as well as Rick Moody’s “Some Contemporary Characters,” which was written for and serialized by Twitter, giving Electric Literature the indie fame it deserved.”
Nice to see that Jim is playing a small part in transitioning us to the 21st century… iPad owners should download the free app and tell us what they think!
Check out Alec’s Oddments for an interesting review of McSweeney’s. Jim’s story is mentioned:
“The other strong tale is the ferocious ‘The Netherlands Lives With Water’, by Jim Shepard. In terms of setting it’s a fairly straightforward look at climate change: the sea is coming to get us, and there’s not a thing we can do about it. For all our technological fripperies, the planet can nail us whenever it feels that way inclined. Particularly relevant in the wake of the ash cloud that quite casually knocked out all our air travel. On a human level, this, like ‘Memory Wall’ and ‘The Black Square’, is about isolation and loss, the way we, like the sea, have tides that can crush us gloriously together or tear us brutally apart. Not a cheery tale, but a powerful one.”
The rest of the post here: http://alecijohnson.blogspot.com/2010/06/mcsweeneys-32-2024.html
This year’s editor, Stephen King, knows his stuff.
He has this to say about the state of the American short story, in the New York Times:
The author Stephen King was the editor of “The Best American Short Stories 2007.” He writes that although he read many good short stories, many seemed “show-offy rather than entertaining, self-important rather than interesting, guarded and self-conscious rather than gloriously open, and worst of all, written for editors and teachers rather than for readers.” Obviously, Jim doesn’t fall into that category.
Jim’s got a story in the new issue of this quarterly, a new independent magazine of literature and culture founded by Brigid Hughes, the former Executive Editor of The Paris Review. Oh yeaaaah. Y’all can pre-order it here.
A Russian sitcom (evidently it’s like Married…With Children) that Jim and Mike Tanaka resubtitled for McSweeney’s is out on the latest Wholphin DVD.
The release date is September 25, 2007. Making the book a Libra. You can, and should, pre-order it here.
You can read this story from the Spring 2007 Ploughshares in its entirety here.