YOU'RE STARTING A LITERARY MAGAZINE. DO YOU HAVE A GOAL FOR THAT? Well, it's gonna be a literary magazine. I think there's a big zone — I wouldn't say market — but a big zone that's not represented right now, which is something between the really syrupy, saccharine, twee literary magazines and the chore-like drudgery of so-called serious magazines. I get certain political or literary magazines and look forward to reading (them), but then I realize halfway in that I'm kinda bored, and also that part of why I'm reading it is to feel like I'm a good smart person, you know? I'm not really enjoying it. There aren't any magazines even close to what we're doing that take as seriously photography and graphic design as hopefully we will be.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached atnschroeder@phx.com.

THE LOOM OF RUIN | by Sam McPheeters | Mugger Books | 265 pages | $16 | with Doug Milliken (White Horses), at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland | April 5 @ 7 pm | free | 207.828.5600

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