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Uzoamaka Maduka talks about founding The American Reader, a new literary journal of literature and criticism. The idea for the journal was hatched “on a fire escape in Washington Heights.”
Thanks Max. I have looked at the site and will certainly check out the American Reader. Thanks for the reply and I'm looking forward to exploring the publication. Best, Dan
This is Uzoamaka from the American Reader. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to my conversation with Martha! I certainly do not mean to category bash and I apologize if it came off that way. I was being lighthearted! I actually enjoy a great deal of work done by people who would fall into the "NWM" category (Woody Allen, in particular). I don't think this kind of writing is marginalized, however. But whether it is or is not, I certainly hope it's here to stay. Like I was saying, there's nothing wrong with this category of writing, the only problem is if it's published to the exclusion of other voices and modes of engagement. I hope you'll check us out and see for yourself the diversity of approaches we champion!
It's rather sad that category bashing is essential to the creative process. "Neurotic White Males" have carried the literary torch through some rather lean times, and perhaps Ms. Maduka, rather than adopting a simplistic and pejorative perspective, should mine her predecessors for their extraordinary contributions. My sense of the contemporary lit "in" crowd, is that in fact, NWMs have been, if not marginalized, clearly given a politically-correct smack down. This seems to be a case of piling on, and frankly, it's not so appealing.
Do you mean launch in 2013?
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