More winter fiction issues: Vice magazine

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andrewwkBrooklyn carpetbaggers Vice magazine actually put out a pretty decent fiction issue this year. The highlight would appear to be the literate (apparently), party-loving rocker guy Andrew W.K. reading a story by Ann Beattie called "The Field." W.K. performs some preposterous, tearjerking dialogue ("It's not exactly sewing," I said. "I create patterns for things like dress bodices, or big cuffs. Things like that") for each of Beattie's characters, and his range suggests that he would make an excellent Muppeteer or serial killer. Or maybe a serial-killing Muppeteer. Other points of note are the individual reading syllabi of Mary Gaitskill (Veronica), Jim Shepard (Like You'd Understand Anyway) and Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances). Although as a writer she's not my favorite of the three, Galchen's list seemed to me to include the most thoughtful choices (loved the inclusion of Walser), and—at least according to this trio—Nabokov appears to still be more king than knave.

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