KGB Bar Lit

KGB Bar, the former Ukrainian socialist party headquarters made famous among writers by Ken Foster’s reading series, has launched an online literary magazine. (Image credit: Urban 75.)

The inaugural issue features Jhumpa Lahiri’s thoughts on the PEN World Voices festival, interviews with Etgar Keret, Chris Albani, and Arthur Phillips, a report on a Tartan Bites reading featuring Scottish novelists Rodge Glass and Alan Bissett, thoughts from Susan Chi and Richard Nash on Soft Skull Press’s efforts to publish new talents and to “break out lower mid-list writers.” There are also book previews, stories, poems, and reviews.

And if you’ve ever intended to read a work of fiction by Hatchet Jobs author Dale Peck, who recently re-denounced contemporary fiction and said books like Ian McEwan’s Saturday and Ali Smith’s The Accidental “make me want to join al Qaeda,” now’s your chance.

(Your responses to “The Ballad of Earl King (after Goethe)” are welcome. Evidently the story was written as part of an artwork about erotic fantasy and crime. See also Goethe’s The Erl-King.)


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