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Talking with Joshua S. Raab about theNewerYork

September 16, 2013|By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
  • The cover of theNewerYork, Book III, edited by Joshua S. Raab.
The cover of theNewerYork, Book III, edited by Joshua S. Raab. (theNewerYork )

Joshua S. Raab means to provoke us. His Santa Monica-based journal theNewerYork seeks a new way of engaging with literature; even to call it a journal, he might say, is to miss the point.

Visit the website and you’ll see what he means. theNewerYork exists as a print annual — pocket-sized, featuring short works by writers such as Steve Almond, Les Plesko and Stephen Jay Schwartz; Book III is just out. But that’s just one iteration. There’s also the EEEL, or Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, a set of virtual broadsides featuring single texts accompanied by art, as well as a monthly print subscription series called thePaperEEEL.

“The dream,” Raab explains, “is that when somebody submits a short fiction to theNewerYork then BOOM that story is now in a book, graphically designed on a poster, adapted into a short film, performed at one of our literary carnivals. At some point it becomes the art of storytelling but we will remain literary publishers, in all forms.”

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