This bundle has so many outstanding journals that winnowing down to one journal and one writing was a challenge. However, here goes:
Journal of the Month: Ivan Snyder’s Amateur Observer, Number 12, demonstrates the essence of what goes into creating a great and memorable amateur journal: clean layout, engaging writing and interesting topics. Ivan delves into cataloguing amateur journals, gives us an update on Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center, reprints an essay by Ralph Babcock, and more.
Writing of the Month: My choice for writing of the month comes from The Mareyland Register, No. 8, by Marey H. Barthoff. If you follow her story Orange Cinnamon Tea through to its conclusion, it is well worth eavesdropping in on Marey’s conversation with Mareyland librarian Marble Endpaper.
Read & enjoy!
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