From George Plimpton's Paris Review, which boosted Philip Roth and Jack Kerouac, to Gen X's PBR-soaked n+1 tomes, small literary magazines and the young men who run them have traditionally played an outsize role in America's cultural conversation. But this decade's new small magazines have made a sharp break from the past. Their topics may vary, but their tone is earnest and inclusive. They're completely comfortable in the new digital medium. They're driving a new intellectual conversation that exists not just at New York cocktail parties, but on Twitter. And they're mostly run by women, a deliberate reaction to a literary boys' club that stretches back pretty much forever. Here are a few that are required reading.
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