In its last issue (108 – reviewed here on NP), The New Quarterly introduced a new feature: “Magazine as Muse,” in which writers are asked to tell about magazines that have influenced them. In this issue Billeh Nickerson and Mark Callahan take the opportunity to discuss their “muses.”
How many magazines have made the plea to those who submit to read their publication and, better yet, subscribe to it? And how many times at conferences have I heard speakers charge writers with the same – support your lit mags! This new feature in TNQ provides a much more creative approach: show readers the influence of publications on writers.
It would be nice to see similarly styled features of “role modeling” included in more publications!