Monthly Archives: November 2010

Pumpkin Pie Challenge #2!

Artifice Deputy Editor Ian M McCarty consumes an entire pumpkin pie for MADNESS MUCH tour backer Lawrence Lin in under 60 minutes.

NOTE 1: The Artifice editors are busy folk, so Ian multitasked while performing this pie eating and, therefore, occasionally exits frame. These periods of dead air have been edited out for your convenience. But we would not deceive you, dear internet, and assure you Ian ate the entire pie in the time displayed on screen.

NOTE 2: The third (and final) pumpkin pie, which we bought from the grocery store, had a significant mold problem and thus, the third Pumpkin Pie Challenge video has been delayed. But do not fear! There will be a third pumpkin pie!

Upcoming and Incoming!

Winter Wheat

Artifice Magazine will be rocking it at Mid-American Review’s Winter Wheat Conference this weekend, participating in two panels on Saturday: “Chicago Underground: Independent Literature Exploding Forth from the Windy City” (10:30-11:45), and “Chicago Shares Its Favorite Work” (2:30-3:45).

Editor-in-Chief James Tadd Adcox and Deputy Editor Ian McCarty will discuss running a literary magazine. Probably we’ll be talking about things like creating a relationship with your audience and creating a voice for the magazine overall. Maybe you’ve noticed we like to use the word “we” a lot? And kind of do this thing where the magazine itself has, like, a collective personality? Stuff like that.

Also the mechanics of running a small-press magazine, what we’re looking for, how we make decisions, etc.

& in the afternoon panel, we’ll be reading some work.

Panelists will also include Jacob Knabb (Another Chicago Magazine), Amanda Marbais (Requited), Whitney Holmes (Switchback Books), and Jon Fulmer, Casey Bye, and Steve Tartaglione (Kneejerk Magazine).

Ear Eater

Artifice editor-in-chief James Tadd Adcox will be reading on November 19th as part of the Ear Eater Reading Series in Chicago. This month, Ear Eater is doubling as a fundraiser for Issue 2 of Pop Serial, one of our fellow Chicago-based literary magazines.

Also reading will be Sam Pink, Leif Haven, Kendra Grant Malone, and Ana C.

Probably JTA will read something about Fu-Manchu, or else something that involves a lot of yelling and dramatic fist-pumps.

1622 South Allport St. Apt. #1. Starts at 8.

We Like Libraries, Also Schools

Artifice Magazine now offers free subscriptions to public libraries and public high schools, primarily because we are highly in favor of both free libraries and schools. If you are a public library or public high school, and would like more information about receiving a free subscription, email us at editors AT artificemag DOT com.


Are there more pumpkin pie videos coming? YES.

(& if you’d like to know why, see this.)

A Pie for Ben

MADNESS MUCH — The Great Pumpkin Pie Challenge for Benjamin Kolp from Artifice Magazine on Vimeo.

Don’t know what we’re taking about? Check it out here.

Some Things I’ve Been Reading Recently on the Internet

1. Dennis Cooper, I really only found out about you recently. I am in love and maybe also a little afraid of you.

2. “and that is why you must first eat the bitter leaves child to get to the heart”

3. The first issue of The Reprint is out, bringing “new life to your already printed material.” Including a reprinting of a Roxane Gay piece that appeared in Artifice Issue 1, a Michael Martone story originally printed in the Sonora Review, and a Michael Martone contributor’s note originally printed in Columbia.

(If you like the Roxane Gay piece, here’s the moment where I casually suggest that maybe you want to check out the issue in which it appeared?)

4. “And the soul’s dark night will slowly be lowered through me. That is why I now slowly fold myself like a muscle against the wet clay to be met with the flesh against the sleep-gland’s mouths.” The (possibly final) issue of Lamination Colony is, I feel, a challenge for all of us to step our damn game up. I kind of want to do an entire post just on this issue. I might.

5. This.

6. Also this.

7. Oh, and this: “Poem Found in Novel (Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen),” by Todd Robinson.