Last week, Anis Shivani created some controversy with his list of overrated American writers. His new list is going to draw less fire, but there might still be some discussion.
It’s a misleading headline, though. Shivani has merely gathered comments from the editors of these 17 journals; he hasn’t said he thinks these are the only journals that will survive the Internet. Indeed, missing are some very strong magazines such as Ploughshares and Paris Review, and even some on this list are known to be financially shaky–both The Southern Review and New England Review have had close calls in the past couple of years. Still, it’s interesting to read the editors’ comments.