Over the last two weeks while I’ve been bemoaning my uncooperative back and migraine-prone head, my partner has been putting together the final touches of his magazine.
It features James Crumley, Lester Goran, Floyd Salas, Peter Doyle, Mimi Lipson, Vanessa Berry to name a few.
And here it is before its official launch:

Contrappasso Magazine: International Writing

– INTRODUCTION: INSTEAD OF A MANIFESTO –

Contrappasso, n. (Italian). Lit. counter-step, counter-blow. The law of an equal, opposite and meaningful atonement for sin. The punishment that fits the crime. See: Virgil, The Aeneid, Book VI; Matthew 5:38; St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Q XXI, Art. 1, Reply Objection 3; Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy—by which point the idea finally acquires some irony.

Why the name?

In Australia, starting a literary magazine is in itself a counter-step or counter-blow. We appear on the margins of a troubled industry. Publishers cling to their traditional methods. Our few major newspapers give less and less space to the world of books. Serious reading, we’re told, is in serious decline.

Fortunately, recent advances in print-on-demand and ebook technology offer alternative publishing possibilities on the margins. While this magazine isn’t trying to single-handedly fix Australian literary culture, it does open a…

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