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QWF Writes: On Best-of Lists and How We Actually Read

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I am a big believer in lists. Grocery lists. To-do lists. Lists on phones and bits of envelopes and bills. Lists are satisfying to write, and even more satisfying to work through. But best-of lists, the kind of lists which flood journals and newspapers towards the end of each year, summarising “The 10 Best Books of 2019” or “The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century”—even though we’re only a fifth of the way through that century—are a pet peeve of mine.

Call for Submissions: Issue 40 (Fall) – Blank Page

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For our 40th issue, in the spirit of our name, carte blanche (blank page), we have an open theme. Submissions open on 17 October and close on 17 November. Send us your comics, fiction, photography, poetry, and translation! Read more →