Best new literary journal (2008)

A Public Space

The ridiculously good debut issue of Brigid Hughes's literary quarterly, A Public Space, featured fiction from Kelly Link and Charles D'Ambrosio, short pieces by Anna Deveare Smith and Rick Moody, an eye-opening Japan portfolio, and as they say, much, much more. If you didn't pick it up, you'll have to check eBay, since it's completely sold out. Hughes was the managing editor of The Paris Review and, after George Plimpton's death, briefly its editor. Headquartered in Boerum Hill, A Public Space effortlessly leaps to the first rank of literary journals, which is to say, a publication that's worth subscribing to in order to avoid newsstand-sellout despair. The third issue should be hitting the stands—or your mailbox—around the time you're reading these words.

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