We're inclined to keep lists. You may have noticed the one linked from our guidelines page titled Recommended Readings. You might remember the poll of favorite stories we ran a few years ago, chronicling all pieces readers mentioned. The weekly shopping list, the holiday gift list—we can even make a list of our lists.

In keeping with this compulsion, and to battle every editor's urge to ramble, here is yet one more list—ten quotes from honored writers over the years:

1. "I'm a great believer in not pushing or straining when it comes to creativity, which is probably just an excuse for laziness." - Mary Yukari Waters (interviewed by Sherry Ellis in Glimmer Train)

2. "When I was seventeen, I read the story 'Miss Brill' by Katherine Mansfield and was so incensed by the sadness of the fate of that poor dear old lady that I decided to write a letter to the author and tell her how badly I thought she had treated her leading lady there, found that Katherine Mansfield had been dead for many years, and was intrigued by the fact that the words of a dead woman could produce such a powerful emotion in me and decided I wanted to be a writer." - Thomas E. Kennedy (interviewed by Susan Tekulve in The Literary Review)

3. Steps to avoid the blank page: "I leave off mid-sentence, and then can finish it the next day with less anxiety expended than for a new thought." - Binnie Kirshenbaum (interviewed by Felicia C. Sullivan in small spiral notebook)

4. "There are some things that I never read aloud because they work best in the eloquent silence between the writer and the reader." - Judith Ortiz Cofer (interviewed by Lorraine M. Lopez in Crab Orchard Review)

5. "I've been absolutely shocked in classrooms where I've heard my stories discussed. Sometimes I've been so enlightened, I've taken notes." - Ann Beattie (interviewed by G. E. Murray in StoryQuarterly)

6. "It's good to tell a good story, but it's so much better to tell it beautifully." - Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum (interviewed by Jacqueline Kolosov in Orchid)

7. "I hear the voice of the narrator as I type. Sometimes I'll read sections of the story out loud to see if it seems the same; sometimes I'll just speak sections of narration or bits of dialogue in the voice of the character as I'm walking the halls of the college where I teach, and I'll carry these snippets of prose around in my head until I find a place for them in the story." - Robert Day (interviewed by Fred Whitehead in New Letters)

8. "To me, it's all about perceptions, perceptions about life or human nature or the way something looks or the way something sounds. Two or three of them on a page in a notebook, that's what it's really all about. Getting enough of them to enliven every page of a novel, like light." - Martin Amis (interviewed by Francesca Riviere in The Paris Review)

9. "We discover through writing that we know more than we know." - Gish Jen (in Ploughshares)

10. "I have received very few unfriendly letters. I did receive a letter from a woman who had bought Falconer and thought it was disgusting and tried to burn it. She went into some length about how she tried to burn the complete book, and it would not ignite. And then she had tried to burn the book by taking off the jacket. And it was only by tearing the book in little pieces that she was able to ignite it. And then she bought the collection two years later and wrote a letter saying, 'I am terribly sorry. I am the woman who burned Falconer—and please accept my apologies.'" - John Cheever (interviewed by John Callaway in StoryQuarterly)


Catherine Ryan Hyde's short story "Dancing with Elinor" is our Lit Pick of the Quarter, fresh from the beautiful literary magazine, Gettysburg Review. In the Summer 2006 issue, her story starts with the problem of a delayed airline flight, and goes on to delve deep into the lives of several female characters. One of the major themes of the story is hope:

I felt how hard I'd been clinging to believing I couldn't know yet, not until I got there. How important it was not to know. For a little bit longer. Just to live in Maybe Land for four more hours.

Aside from the intensity of emotions and what happens in this piece, we see that the voices of the two characters are segregated, and here is one from the other, referred to as Madam President:

Not that I think of myself as the easily affected type. God knows I'm not. But it broke my heart to see her standing in that no-man's land of airport where people get met. Among the black-suited mercenaries holding up signs. Just standing there, taking in the nothing.

We caught a little bit of commentary in another literary magazine (Glimmer Train) this author appeared in recently, where she defines the meaning of success: "Doing work you love, every day, whether anybody pays you for it or not." Amen, Catherine.


We're hoping that by the time our next issue comes out, our Spring 2007 issue in mid-March, we will be very close to releasing the first print issue of our magazine. Keep posted, and join us in celebrating this accomplishment.

The volume will be a collection of pieces that have appeared online over the last four years. Some may ask, Why not anything new? We thought, by doing that, it would take away from the wonderful work we read, loved, and published on the web. Another question we are bound to get: Why bother when we can read the stories for free online? Our answer: Read them online, then. With our compliments.


The Summerset Review
 
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
 
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December. Founded in 2002, the journal is devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays.

All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to editor@summersetreview.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

This publication is made possible, in part, with a grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. We are very thankful for the support and encouragement these organizations have given our journal and the literary community.

The Summerset Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State.

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