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27 Lorin Stein Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Lorin Stein Sayings: We've never had a giant circulation. And we've always been a magazine for writers and We've never had a giant circulation. And we've always been a magazine for writers and for sophisticated readers. We've never had to run stories that would appeal to a million people. And what you end up with is a kind of tradition that might have staying power - the cockroach after armageddon.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: So, short stories have an even harder time, because they tend to get read during So, short stories have an even harder time, because they tend to get read during the day, between other things. They're interstitial. And yet the content of short stories tends to be very much "nighttime" content.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: Our generation grew up with the Review as a fact of life. It was America's Our generation grew up with the Review as a fact of life. It was America's literary magazine. To our minds, it still is. It has launched our favorite writers. It has made a special claim for the quarterly as such, being both timely and lasting, free of the news of the day or the pressure to please a crowd. Most of all, the Review has shown, repeatedly, that works of imagination can be as stylish and urgent as the flashiest feature reporting, and can do more to refocus our picture of the world.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: I have the feeling that the magazine can reach many more people than it reaches I have the feeling that the magazine can reach many more people than it reaches and has something to offer that not everyone knows who should know it. That's why we're starting an app, and that's why we do the blog. But editorially, I think it's mainly a matter of keeping your eyes peeled. You just really don't know what's going to come along.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: I'm more thrilled by the short fiction than I expected to be. I've found more I'm more thrilled by the short fiction than I expected to be. I've found more pleasure in reading short fiction than I used to. By seeing what kinds of thinking are going on in short fiction. I was also surprised by the panic I've felt, especially at first, when we'd put an issue to bed and then realized we had to put another one together.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: The real threat to reading isn't the time we spend hanging out, it's the time The real threat to reading isn't the time we spend hanging out, it's the time we spend online.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: If you wrote about sex the way Jim [Salter] writes about sex in nonfiction, you If you wrote about sex the way Jim [Salter] writes about sex in nonfiction, you would be a sociopath.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: I tend to think that the onus is on the writer to engage the reader, I tend to think that the onus is on the writer to engage the reader, that the reader should not be expected to need the writer, that the writer has to prove it. All that stuff might add up to a kind of fun in the work. I like things that are about interesting subjects, which sounds self-evident.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: You can go back and try to generalize, but then you end up saying things You can go back and try to generalize, but then you end up saying things that all editors say about everything that ever gets published. Something about voice, about urgency, about actually having a story to tell.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: I regret that there aren't more short stories in other magazines. But in a certain I regret that there aren't more short stories in other magazines. But in a certain way, I think the disappearance of the short-story template from everyone's head can be freeing. Partly because there's no mass market for stories, the form is up for grabs. It can be many, many things. So the anthology is very much intended for students, but I think we're all in the position of writing students now. Very few people are going around with a day-to-day engagement with the short story.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: A lot of people who want to see the short story have a renaissance of A lot of people who want to see the short story have a renaissance of readership - they tend to think of short stories, and sometimes poems too, as being well-suited to the way we now live, with all of these broken-up bits of time. I hope they're right, but my sense is that our fiction reading has become, if anything, more cherished as a kind of escape from fragmentation.
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Lorin Stein Sayings: Nowadays, even The New York Times Book Review is afraid to say when a popular Nowadays, even The New York Times Book Review is afraid to say when a popular book is crap.
Lorin Stein Sayings: If I could change the attitude of young men toward literature, I would want them If I could change the attitude of young men toward literature, I would want them to read not just for escape, but because literature can be more truthful about things like sex, commitment, and aging. It can be more truthful about the stuff that our parents lied to us (and themselves) about, and the stuff that everyone has to lie about. It can all be dealt with truthfully in fiction and poetry.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I don't know what people should be reading. Only you know what you should be I don't know what people should be reading. Only you know what you should be reading.
Lorin Stein Sayings: When I was a book editor, I got used to being told that my tastes When I was a book editor, I got used to being told that my tastes were dark or edgy. These are not words that would've occurred to me, but I was told that enough that I have to believe it's true - that I like things that some other people find off-putting or upsetting. My job is to publish stuff that I really, really care about. That might mean that it doesn't sit well with everybody.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I like fiction that deals with matters that are of burning importance to us in I like fiction that deals with matters that are of burning importance to us in our private lives. And not all short stories are like that. In general, short stories - and maybe this is a little bit off-topic - but I think short stories have this bad association with, like, waiting rooms.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I love having people around who are better interviewers than I am and who can I love having people around who are better interviewers than I am and who can make the time to do a really great job. All of the interviews that we've published are with people who really interest me.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I hadn't thought about the balance in mood. You see that we did it in I hadn't thought about the balance in mood. You see that we did it in alphabetical order, so if there's any kind of shape, or any kind of flow, it's random. Gender ... we didn't think much about it. It was sort of interesting to see that women often were choosing women and men often were choosing men. And sometimes they wouldn't and that was fun. I didn't know that I would be excited by that, until I saw it happen.
Lorin Stein Sayings: Chekhov's stories are about the moment that a life goes off the rails and the Chekhov's stories are about the moment that a life goes off the rails and the price that will be paid - forever. That's a typical Chekhov story for you. Something that you're used to lying in bed worrying about at four in the morning, before you have the psychic defenses to kid yourself and tell yourself to get up and shower and go to the office.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I don't think much about the issues after they come out. I like it when I don't think much about the issues after they come out. I like it when people like them. Often, when people have criticisms, I find myself agreeing with them. I think some issues are stronger than others. I hope we're getting a little bit better, overall, issue by issue.
Lorin Stein Sayings: There are two basic defenses for an open ending: one is, If you read carefully There are two basic defenses for an open ending: one is, If you read carefully enough, you'll know what happened. And the other is, That's how life is: things don't come to neat endings, there isn't a "happily ever after." But if you take that second line of defense, then I think you have to make the point that the writer has shown the range of possibility.
Lorin Stein Sayings: For me the question that you have to ask, about any magazine, is whether it's For me the question that you have to ask, about any magazine, is whether it's needed, whether it's publishing things that no one else could publish, or publish equally well. So there's that.
Lorin Stein Sayings: Names don't matter, CVs don't matter, previous publications don't matter at all, because, in a Names don't matter, CVs don't matter, previous publications don't matter at all, because, in a certain way, the ideal is for someone to come completely out of left field. And still, of course, it is hard to say no to a writer who matters a lot to you and who you know matters to your readers.
Lorin Stein Sayings: Pretty much every issue that we've put out, there have been at least one or Pretty much every issue that we've put out, there have been at least one or two things that really surprised me. It sounds like bullshit, but most of the stories that we've run had that effect on me. We get thousands and thousands of submissions and I don't think we've published a story yet - very few, anyway - where there wasn't something like what Mona Simpson described, where a first sentence or a first page didn't just really command attention.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I'm a reader who uses fiction as a way of worrying about life. I'm a reader who uses fiction as a way of worrying about life.
Lorin Stein Sayings: In general, short stories are less read than before, they're less published than before and, In general, short stories are less read than before, they're less published than before and, not surprisingly, they're less taught than before.
Lorin Stein Sayings: I've never thought that it made sense to put something out that I didn't actually I've never thought that it made sense to put something out that I didn't actually find really fun to read. Or, if not "fun," engaging. My tastes are whatever they are, but I may be a little bit afraid of certain kinds of density. I may get turned off by certain kinds of show-offyness.