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Magazines Battle Over Long-Lost Hemingway Story

Ernest Hemingway may have already passed away, but he lives on through his work. Though the acclaimed other is best known for his novels like The Sun Also Rises, recently there has been some fighting between magazines over publishing one of his first short stories.

According to The Independent, Ernest Hemingway wrote the 5-page story “My Life in the Bull Ring With Donald Ogden Stewart” when he was 25 years old. At the time, he sent it to Vanity Fair to be published, but it was rejected. Now, years later — and posthumously — Vanity Fair has offered to print the story it initially turned down. But Hemingway’s estate now turned down their offer, as Paul Bignell explains.

Michael Katakis of the Hemingway Estate, told The Independent on Sunday: “We’re very careful with unpublished material. The question is: ‘If Hemingway were alive, would he want it published in a magazine like Vanity Fair, or would he want it relegated to a scholarly examination of how a writer was developing? […] “I’m not a great fan of Vanity Fair. It’s a sort of luxury thinker’s magazine – for people who get their satisfaction out of driving a Jaguar instead of a Mini.”

Vanity Fair snoozed, lost, and now it’s snoozing again, as according to Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s got the go ahead to publish the story.

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Borders Bust Hurting More Than Just Books

When Borders announced it would liquidate its remaining 400 stores earlier this summer, it was no surprise that it would hurt the book industry. But what some may not have realized is that it also hurts magazines.

As you may recall, there are walls of newsstands filled with magazines inside both Borders and Barnes and Noble. I can remember a number of Friday nights spent with my friends in high school, just flipping through magazines at our local bookstore. We read all the juicy, gossipy ones our parents wouldn’t let us subscribe to.

But among those newsstands are lesser-known magazines — ones like Mother Jones, Witches and Pagans, and Crone. They’re smaller publications that don’t get the popular placement in supermarket checkout lines like People or Cosmopolitan.

According to this article by The News Frontier, with Borders going out of business, these smaller publications are suffering. And they don’t have many other options, as Alysia Santo explains:

She says Borders’ closing leaves her at a huge loss because there are very few outlets interested in stocking magazines which are specifically aimed at “pagans, witches, and goddess worshippers.” “I’m not checkout stand material,” says Niven. “People aren’t necessarily going to want to see a magazine about witches next to their gum.”

Add to that the financial burden of the magazines that don’t get sold before Borders closes, and these publications are already halfway out the door. Now they’re relying almost solely on subscribers.

It’s a sad time for the little guys. Will they ever come out on top?

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