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What’s the Buzz: Give Us Your Comments About TLR Issue 1

We’ve made it a point, throughout the genesis of Tahoma Literary Review, to keep comments closed on our blog posts. It’s not because we don’t want to hear from you, but more to do with the time and effort involved in managing comments, and dealing with spam[1] while trying to establish a professional literary journal.

TLR Number 1 is now published. Our Current Issue page has received more than 800 visits in the last week, which tells us that a lot of people either purchased a print or Kindle issue, or downloaded a free pdf or epub file. We’ve received tons of congratulatory notes from friends and associates via email, Twitter and Facebook. But we believe it’s time to open the comment portal this time to let everyone have their say about issue 1. If you loved it, liked it or even didn’t care for it, please let us know. Had a favorite story or poem? Please tell us, and we’ll also forward especially nice praise along to the authors.

We can’t promise we’ll respond to comments, but do know that they are read and appreciated, and will be considered as we move forward in planning future issues. We’ll let Akismet handle the junk while the portal is open, and then close the spigot after a couple of weeks, to keep the spammers at bay.

So have at it. Comments are now open. Please keep ’em clean.


[1] For example, on my personal site on which I allow comments, in the last four years I’ve received about 3,000 legitimate comments, and more than 200,000 spam messages (and not a single spam comment was grammatically correct).

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6 Responses

  1. I haven’t finished the issue yet, and I don’t have my copy on me, but so far the story that’s stayed with me the most is the middle-aged woman writing in her gratefulness diary. It rang true without verging too far into bitterness, and when I finished, I wanted to give the narrator both a hug and a high-five. That’s a fine authorial balancing act.

  2. My first pass, I read only the flash fiction. A very nice selection.

    “What Would Your Mother Say,” by Charlotte Morganti is haunting, really. In my own life, such questions have passed under my nose lately: What if certain people had made different decisions? Where would we–where would I–be if things had been different? I think these questions occur to most people, and Morganti treats this part of our shared condition with care and intuition. I also appreciate the clever use of the second-person, a narrative choice that–at least in my eyes–carries with it certain inherent risks.

    “A Letter From Your Dinosaur,” by Leland Cheuk, was a curious piece to read. To deliver an entire work of flash fiction via epistle creates a certain risk in my opinion: will the suspension of disbelief be good enough? I asked myself that question while reading Leland’s piece in TLR 1.1. And then I asked: is this flash fiction or creative non-fiction or some kind of hybrid? (“Dear Leland” inspired that question.) I’ve not come to an answer for either question.

    Still, the piece resonates with me. Regardless of genre, it seems like more of a meditation than it does a story–a meditation on technology, on the urges of a capitalistic society, etc.–and the narrator’s (read: writer’s) perspective has that poignant resonance that seems to come with age and experience. And I won’t deny that all the pieces of a story seem to be there.

    I find it remarkable that all the flash fiction selections (save for Catherine Moore’s “Not About Liz”) use second-person, in one form or another; and though I’m averse-leaning when it comes to this point-of-view choice, I appreciate creative takes–or creative choices of delivery method (an epistle, for example)–on POV. Each of the flash authors here takes their narrative choice a bit further than the standard dictionary definition.

    Well, I am just one reader, and these are my impressions. I enjoyed reading the flash fiction in TLR 1.1, want to congratulate your team on the inaugural issue, and look forward to reading on.

  3. I haven’t finished mine yet either, I’m dipping in as though into a bag of sweeties, savouring each one before I begin the next.
    My favourite so far is “A Survey of Minor Disfigurements”. I love the way the reader’s understanding of the narrator character develops throughout the piece.
    The whole issue is really well put together, congratulations to all involved.

  4. The language is so amazing in that one. Really funny and really disturbing and it keeps on returning to certain phrasing. My favorite line is the thing with being “one of the smoothie people.” Loved it.

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