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04.18.08 | 3 Comments

Canteen

The editors of Canteen use the intro page of the second issue to bash some low hanging fruit—author Stephen King—based on his contention that the short story is currently moribund. Alas, the magazine does little to prove him wrong in the pages that follow. Nevertheless, I was quite taken with the elegant design of the new LitMag—starting with the Trade Gothic Extended flag and gritty cover art. While many “small” magazines have grown increasingly visual in the past few years Canteen goes above and beyond-with its bodacious square shape, provocative imagery and minimalist typography. Not everything works—the publication runs formulaic full-spread article openers—provocative but usually ineffective, neither illustrating the story nor serving the image, thanks to a penchant for a putting the subjects of its splashy two-page openers in the crease of the spread.

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Above: the elegantly spare masthead and table of contents. Below: is she sad because her parents aren’t at her birthday or because she’s been cut in half?

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Below, the magazine sticks to B&W illustration, a refreshing counter-balance to the often surreal photography.

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For another visual literary magazine, take a trip down memory lane to read about Zoetrope.

Canteen

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