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Published June 19, 2012
In addition to having a stunning cover - "Ragnarok'n'Roll" by Jen Mundy - the newest issue of Indiana Review (34.1) features the winner of the 2011 Indiana Review Fiction Prize: "Mud Child" by Becky Adnot-Haynes; and the winner of the 2011 Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize (entrants limited to 500 words): "When You Look Away, the World" by Corey Van Landingham.
Published September 22, 2011
Just when I thought I'd seen my fill of doll head art comes this newest issue of Rain Taxi, and for some creepy reason, I just can't stop staring back at this one-eyed Kwepie winker.

If not already on your regular reading list, do add Rain Taxi Review of Books, both in print and online. Fall 2011 online edition features an interview with novelist Bonnie Jo Campbell and the mnartists.org featured essay Ghost Crawl through the Warehouse District of Minneapolis. The print issue features interviews with Peter Grandbois and Adam Hines, and reviews of books by Grant Morrison, JoAnn Verburg, Ron Hansen, Siri Hustvedt, Juan Goytisolo, Will Alexander, Kabir, and more.
Published August 01, 2011
Palooka: Issue 2 - cover art, "Flying Clowns Descend on the Schoolyard" by Joe Harvasy (2008). I have a friend who is deathly afraid of clowns who would find this cover stunning in a very literal-psychological sense. I find the colors (great reproduction) and style to be the stunner; the clowns themselves - well, there's some dark humor at work here I can appreciate. Havasy comments on the artwork: "The flying clowns painting was originally a print I did for a show titled 'They're Out to Get Me' about childhood fears. I wanted to show clowns doing everything scary possible. Four years later the Alcove Gallery was having a show titled 'Circus,' and I decided to do a gigantic 2' x 3' painting of the clowns. The painting currently resides in Oslo, Norway, in the collection of Nicholas Paulik."
Published March 31, 2010
Do you think the bookstores will cover up this cover of Granta when it hits the shelves? Will Granta have to wrap it in brown paper to send it in the mail? It reminds me of the 'soft-core porn' cover on Fence a few years back that garnered so much discussion about using sex to sell lit (or was it selling lit as sex?). Wheres Granta's issue is themed "Sex," I don't recall the content of Fence having a direct connection with the cover. It was simply used to help "sell" the mag. Did it work? I don't know, but I figured there were going to be some pretty disappointed young boys who most likely would have stolen the magazine out of the bookstore only to find it filled with - poetry?! Or, who knows, maybe it's covers like these that will someday be credited for having, well, turned some young readers on to literature.
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