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About the Author

T Cooper is the author of the novels Lipshitz Six, Or Two Angry Blondes (Plume), and Some Of The Parts (Akashic Books). Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, and Specimen Days. The Hours won the 1999 PEN Faulkner and Pulitzer prizes. Lydia Millet's new collection of short stories, Love in Infant Monkeys, will be published in October by Soft Skull Press. She's the author of six novels, most recently How the Dead Dream (2008). Her 2002 novel My Happy Life won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction. Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and three story collections, including most recently Like You'd Understand, Anyway, which was nominated for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. Diana Wagman is a novelist and screenwriter. She has three published novels: Skin Deep (University Press of Mississippi, 1997); Spontaneous (St. Martin's Press, 2000) which won the 2001 USA PEN West Literary Award for Fiction; and BUMP (Carroll & Graf, 2003).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Literature (June 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982498004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982498002
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Factor8 on June 30, 2009
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I had been looking forward to the short story by Jim Shepard and although at first I didn't love the cover of the magazine, the content by far makes up for the lit. mag. jacket. I sat down and read all stories in a row and all fabulous. This magazine reminds me of Granta and the Paris Review in that it pushes into new territory while still giving a nod to the tradition. I really enjoyed this very much although ordering was a little tricky; still used to buying books at bookstores, I guess. Highly recommended. Good for writers too as they pay generously. May try it on-line at some point; or if I buy a kindle. Look forward to more. Keep it up. Thanks so much.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivas on July 11, 2009
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As a short story writer, I think it's an absolute necessity to read the newest and most inventive short fiction available. This means purchasing literary journals. I don't love everything I buy but I am usually entertained while being kept abreast of what's being written today. So, I ordered Electric Literature, not quite knowing what to expect though I was familiar with all of the contributors' work. Well, I was not disappointed. Each piece offers a very different style and subject matter, and each is well written. My favorite story (if I must admit to having one) is "Three-Legged Dog" by Diana Wagman. It's about a man who has fallen in love with a woman who has lost a breast to cancer. It is dark, funny, disturbing. My kind of fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GB Banks (publisher, author) on June 17, 2009
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Electric Literature #1 contains five well written tales that are the kind of stories that will both move you and make you think. The five stories in this first issue are: Shepard's "Your Fate Hurtles Down at You", Diana Wagman's "Three-Legged Dog", T Cooper's "The Time Machine", Michael Cunningham's "From OLYMPIA (a novel in progress), and Lydia Millet's "Sir Henry."

All of the stories are of high literary quality, and they provide inventive settings and quirky, emotional stories that should excite and entertain anyone who is a true lover of short fiction. I look forward to seeing where this new magazine goes from here.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Napoles on June 15, 2009
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The first issue of Electric Literature is remarkable! The writers are top shelf: New work by Michael Cunningham, Jim Sheperd, T Cooper, Lydia Millet, and Diana Wagman. And with the anthology available in every format under the sun (iPhone, Kindle, print-on-demand), there's no reason not to get on board. Highly recommended, and I look forward to the next issue. Long live Electric Literature!
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For a fan of short fiction, this book is worth reading. I love the variety. It really gives you a feel for the various writers.
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