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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 & Lucinda Ebersole.
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Arlington, VA 22201
Re: John Dufresne’s
new book and the story in #50: “.
. . a brilliant literary detective story that's worth the price
of admission on its own. This story, 'Died and Gone to Heaven,'
starts ramblingly, disconcertingly, but soon turns into a hilarious
and stylish deep-South noir.” – Mark Kamine, NY Times Book Review, 4/24/05
"I get a lot of literary magazines. There are some I save to
read later. Gargoyle is the only one I'll pick up right
away. What I like is how eclectic it is. I love the stories because
they take chances; occasionally, I find myself thinking about
them long after. I don't have that reaction to other magazines."
Dove, Washington Post
"The shaping hands of Lucinda Ebersole and
Richard Peabody have opened the taps of superb writing in Gargoyle 45. Some of the contributors are even speculative in nature, but
none of them will you regret reading. Among the more fantasticated
pieces are Sharon Krinsky's poem 'Things to Do in an Edward
Hopper Painting,' which invites the reader to step into many
canvases; Kyle Conwell's 'An Underdeveloped Picture of my Brother,' which
tells of the fierce emotional bond between a man and his dog who
is more than a dog; Amy Eller Lewis's 'The Double Life of Evelyn
Gray,' wherein a woman confronts her doppelganger; and finally
Davis Schneiderman's 'Tupeat, Frompeet, Repeit,' a metafictional
romp across linguistic landscapes."
--Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's Magazine of Science Fiction
|"Loyal readers of Gargoyle know that this smart, slick magazine
published out of DC can consistently be counted on for a well-rounded
offering of wry social commentary, soft, sad wisdom, feline sexuality,
and intelligent, sacastic humor. They know, too, that the arrangement
will present itself in the sleekest of packages. Gargoyle, edited
by Lucinda Ebersole and Peabody . . . has throughout its history,
adorned its covers with dark, bright, seductive, and at times surrealist
art and photography. The images are unique. They are distinct. They
are not shy. They come in bold color and also in striking black and
white. They feature women and men, the present, past and future, and
images that seem delivered from a world that is disconcerting for
its slight resemblance to ours. It is clear simply from looking at
its visual history that Gargoyle believes in the power of spectrum." —Julianna
Spallholz, WordHouse, Vol. 9, No. 3, Nov. 2003
"Gargoyle should be required reading."
"Reading Gargoyle is like visiting
a cafe in space."
"A window on new directions in storytelling."
"Although ostensibly a journal, the fat perfect-bound
annual called Gargoyle can more accurately be viewed as a massive
feast of an anthology, compiled with superior intelligence and
Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
|"Gargoyle is both chaotic and contradictory, a kaleidoscopic journey
into the more unconventional realms of contemporary art and literature."
Dazed and Confused
|"Gargoyle Magazine specializes in recklessly eclectic selections
of poetry, fiction, photography, art, essays and interviews."
Hot Press (Ireland)
|"It is enough to urge any inquisitive reader
to sample this professionally edited and produced magazine of
Bill Katz, Library Journal
|"The staff of Gargoyle obviously care about
the physical appearance of their product down to the last period
in a way all too few publishers seem to nowadays."
Ben Nyberg, Literary Magazine Review
|"This is a venerable local institution by
now. A vibrant and punchy publication unafraid of taking chances
either in its large review section or in its poetry and fiction."
Andrei Codrescu, The Baltimore Sun
|"Gargoyle is Washington's preeminent literary magazine."
Washington Post Book World
|"A truly impressive and comprehensive literary journal with poetry
of high quality."
Judson Jerome, Writer's Digest
|"We've seen some substantial issues of Gargoyle before, but this
is evolution into an entirely different species; it's like a handy,
stout paperback, and to call it a magazine is like saying an eel
is an elephant when you rearrange the e's and put pants on it."
Noel Peattie, Sipapu
|"The new Gargoyle should be
an occasion for standing in line ... there is something for everyone
with exceptional panache."
Small Press Review
|"The editors have done a superb
job of finding both new writers and writers whose work seems to
reflect current obsessions."
John Gabree, The Nation
|"Gargoyle is a lively, diverse
magazine with strong editorial direction and a feistiness one
expects, but all too rarely finds these days, among independent
|"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