November 10, 2012

An elimae appreciation

Wigleaf editor Scott Garson posted a Facebook appreciation of elimae.

Some of you have heard that the current issue of elimae is the final one. I feel like we should be making more of this! elimae was a pioneer web journal — started up by Deron Bauman way back in ’96 (when most people still didn’t have email accounts, when you had to wait long seconds for each web page to load). Under Bauman and subsequent editors (and super-fine writers) Cooper Renner, Kim Chinquee, and Brandon Hobson, elimae specialized in a kind of fiction that was more or less disappearing in New York. Gordon Lish’s final year at Knopf was ’95, and New York was starting to narrow down to the two types of literary fiction it could hope to do profitably: moral entertainment and authorial spectacle. elimae did neither. Under Renner’s stewardship, the journal solidified its reputation for a distinctive sort of fiction — tight, minimal, sentence-aware, often very short (under three hundred words). As a reader, I didn’t always love everything I found in elimae, but I was always excited to read through the monthly issues. I always felt like an elimae story might find a way into me, changing my brain or the way I saw fiction or life on earth.

comments

  1. Michael Grant Smith on November 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    elimae should not be ending. Something so essential and unassuming should continue. It ain’t right, folks. It just ain’t right.

  2. Sheila Ryan on November 11th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I don’t know what to say.

  3. Sheila Ryan on November 11th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Except that people in the US and UK and Ireland and elsewhere are tweeting about what a shame it is.

  4. Robert Laughlin on December 3rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I know what to say, Sheila. But the web moderator would put black bars over most of it!