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Retort Magazine – “The Drive Home”

All right crazy nebulous audience that I don’t believe exists.  If I did believe you existed, I’d never have the balls to publicize this particular story.  It’s titled “The Drive Home,” and is about a man somewhat confused in his spirituality.  It’s a weird little piece, the work of a disturbed man, but I love it, and I knew the folks at Retort would love it too, so I sent it their way.  To my delight, they accepted it.  This is the second story of mine that has been published by Retort, which means that I love the editors over there, and, were they not located on the other side of the world, I would probably figure out a way to hang around outside their office/homes, smoking cigarettes and tapping on their window panes in the middle of the night.  What?  It’s how I express my love.

Retort Magazine is dedicated to the publication and presentation of new innovative, experimental cutting edge art + text in all disciplines. Retort Magazine publishes both fiction and non fiction. Retort has published some of the worlds best known artists and writers but is also a platform for new and emerging writers and artists. We favor the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle, the avant-garde over backward walking, the delinquent imagination over the hammered economic mind. We publish whenever something interesting arrives in the inbox.

HISTORY

Founded in the laundry of an old queenslander behind a gas station in Brisbane in 2001 by Australian poet/writer Brentley Frazer RETORT was originally conceived as a spinoff to a live poetry/music/art/performance event called The Vision Area. The Vision Area was a monthly ‘culture jam’ started by Brentley and poet Adam Pettet and hosted by Ric’s Bar in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia. The Vision Area ran from 1998 – 2000 and only ended when the co-ordinators felt they had drained the talent pool.

In the beginning Retort was published as a bi-monthly online magazine. In 2003 after receiving a development grant Retort moved to an experimental ‘live’ format with new content being published whenever something cool arrived in the submissions inbox. After the experiment was deemed impossible by the exhausted editor (without the budget of at the very least a mid-sized newspaper in a large city), Retort resumed publishing on a semi-regular basis and has continued, throughout a whole decade, reaching millions of individual readers.

Retort is now based wherever the Editor is – which is usually somewhere on planet Earth.

Retort Magazine is archived on site and since 2003 also by The National Library of Australia as part of the Pandora Project which aims to permanently preserve electronic publications based on their national and cultural significance.

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UPDATE:  Sadly Retort Magazine has closed down.  In the words of the magazine’s Editor, Brentley Frazer:

12.5 years. Enjoyed a huge readership in the 00′s. Broke some ground (and a bunch of rules). Had a good time mostly. Would have loved to grow it into something huge, like an alternative to the old school greats that have become a parody of their former glorious selves. Retort stayed truly independent, never even applied for a government grant. I refuse to read government endorsed literature or view government endorsed art. Rest assured, the only propaganda you were exposed to while reading Retort was my personal agenda to champion the creative spirit of my fellow humans.

Have a nice life.

best

Brentley

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Midwest Literary Magazine – “Eliza’s Body as Sacrament of the Grace I Sunk From”

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My story “Eliza’s Body as Sacrament of the Grace I Sunk From” originally appeared on page 61 of the September issue of Midwest Literary Magazine, which was titled “Broken Spades.”  This is a story that I love to this day, and that people really seemed to dig.  That might be at least in part due to the explicit and detailed pornography contained therein.  The story is a lamentation on a semi-functional relationship that didn’t ultimately pan out, but that coasted for a while on sex alone.  It’s also about a dumb kid who doesn’t have the slightest idea what he’s doing – either in bed, or in life.

There were some complications when publishing this story.  For example,the Midwest Literary Magazine did not read my cover letter closely, so my birth name was used rather than my pen name.  I attempted to inform the editor of this, and the mistake could have been amended before the release of the print journal, but I did not hear back from the staff.  They did not contact me when the story went live, nor when the print issue was released.  That was all right, because I really wanted this piece to see the light of day, and I highly doubt that any other publication would have taken a look at it.  So I remain grateful to Midwest Literary Magazine.  Nevertheless, it was due to business practices like this that the Midwest Literary Magazine began to receive some very bad press – mostly generated by justifiably disgruntled authors.  The magazine has since become defunct.  For quite a while after the closing of the publication, the story was still available to read or to purchase online, but alas, those links have inevitably closed as well.  Now if you attempt to visit the website, you will come across a garage door repair advertiblog.

Maybe the piece will one day be read again by human eyes.  Only time will tell.

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