Last words & epigraphs
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"Yes, this is the latest issue of Washington's most revered and irreverent literary magazine. For me its highlight is Steven Moore's "Nympholepsy," a despairing meditation on love, literature and unappeasable longing: "Still she haunts me." Surely it belongs in one of those anthologies of the best essays of the year. Certainly no man past 40 will read it without a pang of recognition." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World 12/1/02
Gargoyle magazine is edited by Richard Peabody.
Gargoyle magazine was founded in 1976 by Russell Cox, Richard Peabody, and Paul Pasquarella. By 1977, Peabody was the only member of the original triumvirate left. He ran the mag until 1990 with several co-editors through the years, most notably Gretchen Johnsen (1979-1986) and Peggy Pfeiffer (1988-1990). Based in the Washington, D.C., metro area, Gargoyle was dedicated to printing work by unknown poets and fiction writers, as well as seeking out the overlooked or neglected. The magazine archive is housed in the Special Collections at George Washington University's Gelman Library in DC (some back issues are still available to the public as well—read on). The mag was on something of an extended hiatus as of 1990 and resurfaced in 1997.