A Public Space

A Public Space Independent publisher of a literary and arts magazine, and A Public Space Books. Plus an Academy and Fellowships. Made in Brooklyn, shipped worldwide.
A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. Founded in 2006, the magazine is a forum for new ideas and new conversations, and each issue brings together a wide range of global voices to tell the stories of the twenty-first century.

"APS has become one of our most remarkable small magazines by being a forum for creativity, tolerance, experiment and witness." —Teju Cole

Mission: In an era that has relegated literature to the margins, A Public Space seeks out writing that uncovers the extraordinary in the everyday, provides a rare glimpse, exposes an unexpected truth, starts a cross-cultural conversation, or puts forth a daring hypothesis. Three times a year, we bring readers a collection of new authors and established talents.

“Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily”—La Rochefoucauld’s words ring true, and these chapters after Andre...
05/31/2020

“Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily”—La Rochefoucauld’s words ring true, and these chapters after Andrei’s death and Petya’s death hurt one’s mental retina. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“Cocking its hind leg and hopping on three, then dashing along again on all four, barking at the crows that sat on the c...
05/30/2020

“Cocking its hind leg and hopping on three, then dashing along again on all four, barking at the crows that sat on the carrion. Gray was sleeker and merrier than in Moscow.”

Sleeker, such a complex word: it makes one feel happy & cringe at the same time. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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The perfectly unhappy could be a subject for a novel: literature tends to be crowded with the imperfectly unhappy. —Yiyu...
05/29/2020

The perfectly unhappy could be a subject for a novel: literature tends to be crowded with the imperfectly unhappy. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“Petya, abashed by Denisov’s cold tone and supposing that the cause of it was the state of his trousers, was straighteni...
05/28/2020

“Petya, abashed by Denisov’s cold tone and supposing that the cause of it was the state of his trousers, was straightening them under his greatcoat.”

Tolstoy understands that, of the hardships in war, the state of a boy’s trousers is the most crushing one.—Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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"I am completely faithful to the idea that there are moments when we can be profoundly shaken​" says ​@jmlbrnkly​ ​in co...
05/27/2020

"I am completely faithful to the idea that there are moments when we can be profoundly shaken​" says ​@jmlbrnkly​ ​in conversation with​ @brandonlgtaylor at @literaryhub, and this week in 28.5 is "The Let-Out," a story of one such moment, from APS No. 28, Brinkley's latest piece for A Public Space: https://apublicspace.org/news/detail/the-let-out-by-jamel-brinkley

From that magnificent moon came Isaac Babel’s wartime image: “The orange sun rolls across the sky like a head after a be...
05/27/2020

From that magnificent moon came Isaac Babel’s wartime image: “The orange sun rolls across the sky like a head after a beheading, and a tender light illuminates the canyons in the clouds.” —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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"The French generals lost the sixty-thousand-man Russian army…it was only owing to the skill and, it seems, the genius o...
05/26/2020

"The French generals lost the sixty-thousand-man Russian army…it was only owing to the skill and, it seems, the genius of Murat that they managed to find, like a pin, this sixty-thousand-man Russian Army."

What joy to imagine dour Tolstoy on the day he wrote this. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“The smoke became thicker and thicker, and it even became warm from the flames of the fire.”The fatal winter sneaks into...
05/20/2020

“The smoke became thicker and thicker, and it even became warm from the flames of the fire.”

The fatal winter sneaks into the novel: Sonya chilled, Natasha’s feet cold, the French officer looting for boots, the fire making the air not hot but merely warm. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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As @megha.maj wrote her debut novel, she drew on her own experience as an editor for @catapult and challenged herself to...
05/19/2020

As @megha.maj wrote her debut novel, she drew on her own experience as an editor for @catapult and challenged herself to incorporate "visual richness, texture, surprise" (@nytimes). Megha joins our managing editor @meganmcummins on May 30 for the next in our online series of Master Classes on editing, focusing on how to bring an editor's toolkit to your own work. Join us: apublicspace.org/events

“There was nothing terrible about a small, distant fire in a huge city.”Tolstoy has these one-sentence paragraphs like t...
05/19/2020

“There was nothing terrible about a small, distant fire in a huge city.”

Tolstoy has these one-sentence paragraphs like tightly coiled springs. Reading them, one feels like a mouse caught by a mousetrap. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“See what they’ve done to Russia! See what they’ve done to me!”How easily catastrophes are taken personally. —Yiyun #Tol...
05/18/2020

“See what they’ve done to Russia! See what they’ve done to me!”

How easily catastrophes are taken personally. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“Moscow was empty. It was empty as a dying-out, queenless beehive is empty.”A dedicated beekeeper, Tolstoy makes a non-b...
05/17/2020

“Moscow was empty. It was empty as a dying-out, queenless beehive is empty.”

A dedicated beekeeper, Tolstoy makes a non-beekeeper feel desolate, as he makes a reader two hundred years later feel for the abandoned city. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“She could not and did not know how to do things if not with all her heart, with all her might.”One of the best traits: ...
05/16/2020

“She could not and did not know how to do things if not with all her heart, with all her might.”

One of the best traits: I see it in my favorite people, and I see it every day in our dog, too. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“An axe would be a good thing, a spear wouldn’t be bad, but a pitch-fork would be best: a Frenchman is no heavier than a...
05/15/2020

“An axe would be a good thing, a spear wouldn’t be bad, but a pitch-fork would be best: a Frenchman is no heavier than a sheaf of rye.”

The difference between propaganda and comedy is that the author of the former doesn’t laugh at his own creation. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“A commander in chief always finds himself in the middle of a shifting series of events, & in such a way that he is neve...
05/14/2020

“A commander in chief always finds himself in the middle of a shifting series of events, & in such a way that he is never able at any moment to ponder all the meaning of the ongoing event.”

Same for us, as the commanders in chief of our own chaotic lives. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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This week in 28.5, our in-between issue for an in-between time, our poetry editor @anticipatedstranger shares a portfoli...
05/13/2020

This week in 28.5, our in-between issue for an in-between time, our poetry editor @anticipatedstranger shares a portfolio of poems, going back to the beginning of his tenure. With work by @elisa_gabbert, @stefaniaheim, @lynn_melnick, @thehungryear and more. Read, look out your window, & enjoy. enjoy. https://apublicspace.org/news/detail/poems

The animals live through war and peace with the same concern: to not starve. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether ..........#book #bo...
05/13/2020

The animals live through war and peace with the same concern: to not starve. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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"I find it really wonderful when I can look at the ways the people before me messed up and try my hardest at the very le...
05/12/2020

"I find it really wonderful when I can look at the ways the people before me messed up and try my hardest at the very least not to mess up in the same way." — Maisy Card in The Rumpus

Next in our online series of Master Classes on editing, author Maisy Card and her editor Christine Pride on form and structure. Join us on May 28: apublicspace.org/events

“In undecided affairs it is always the most stubborn one who remains victorious.”Some day I would love to write an essay...
05/12/2020

“In undecided affairs it is always the most stubborn one who remains victorious.”

Some day I would love to write an essay in praise of this pair of underrated virtues: stubbornness and indecisiveness. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“He did not want to sleep, the punch was finished, and there was still nothing to do.”Such listlessness. At 4am, without...
05/11/2020

“He did not want to sleep, the punch was finished, and there was still nothing to do.”

Such listlessness. At 4am, without his audience, even Napoleon cannot find something to sustain his ego. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“Pierre looked at Timokhin with the condescendingly questioning smile with which everyone involuntarily addressed him.”H...
05/10/2020

“Pierre looked at Timokhin with the condescendingly questioning smile with which everyone involuntarily addressed him.”

How I adore Timokhin: without fail, he gives people the opportunity to feel good about themselves. Even Pierre is not immune. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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Yes, the world would be a grippingly bleak place if all people spoke aloud their thoughts uncensored. –Yiyun #TolstoyTog...
05/09/2020

Yes, the world would be a grippingly bleak place if all people spoke aloud their thoughts uncensored. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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Tolstoy on history—I always like to imagine one of my favorite Rebecca West characters cutting off his musings and conso...
05/08/2020

Tolstoy on history—I always like to imagine one of my favorite Rebecca West characters cutting off his musings and consoling him: “The world is a preposterous place. It is very brave of us to teach history in schools, it is so discouraging.” –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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I wonder which is preferable: to have that experience of life, or to be rather the target of such contempt. –Yiyun #Tols...
05/07/2020

I wonder which is preferable: to have that experience of life, or to be rather the target of such contempt. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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The latest in 28.5, our in-between issue for an in-between time, is "The Green Man" by Amy Leach."[She writes] in the co...
05/06/2020

The latest in 28.5, our in-between issue for an in-between time, is "The Green Man" by Amy Leach.

"[She writes] in the contagious kind of way that should renew anyone's love of language," @jon_mcgregor recommends Amy Leach's essays in the @guardian. Whether she is writing about pea tendrils or the mesquite tree as in "The Green Man" from A Public Space No. 25, she "manages to assert that desire is what makes all living things both alive and in peril."

One suspects that the architect Mikhail Ivanovich is only waiting to go into a William Trevor story and surprise us all....
05/06/2020

One suspects that the architect Mikhail Ivanovich is only waiting to go into a William Trevor story and surprise us all. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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Sometimes a man sees better once he learns how not to be seen. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether ...........#book #books #bookstag...
05/05/2020

Sometimes a man sees better once he learns how not to be seen. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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The fire in Smolensk, a prelude to the Fire of Moscow, starts right next to Alpatych—who bears witness for what’s missed...
05/04/2020

The fire in Smolensk, a prelude to the Fire of Moscow, starts right next to Alpatych—who bears witness for what’s missed by the Tsar and his courtiers, Rostov and his fellow officers, Pierre and the Moscow society. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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In every catastrophe there’s a laden net. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether .............#book #books #bookstagram #instabook #boo...
05/03/2020

In every catastrophe there’s a laden net. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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“The impression of ongoing life” is the amber that keeps grief secure inside. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether..........#book #bo...
05/02/2020

“The impression of ongoing life” is the amber that keeps grief secure inside. —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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How do we finish this sentence: An American is self-assured because / on the basis of / on the grounds that / precisely ...
05/01/2020

How do we finish this sentence: An American is self-assured because / on the basis of / on the grounds that / precisely because… —Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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Tolstoy must have foreseen future generations’ miseries. Is there any solace in knowing that there is never a unique buf...
04/30/2020

Tolstoy must have foreseen future generations’ miseries. Is there any solace in knowing that there is never a unique buffoon, a unique egotist, a unique sociopath, a unique dictator? –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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The latest piece in 28.5, an in-between issue for an in-between time, is “Journey Along the Sea Road,” written in the th...
04/29/2020

The latest piece in 28.5, an in-between issue for an in-between time, is “Journey Along the Sea Road,” written in the thirteenth century by an unknown Buddhist monk. In these journals, published in A Public Space No. 26, a nameless traveler charts a course along the Tōkiadō—the great road linking Kyoto to Edo (now Tokyo)—and launches a new genre along the way: the literary travel journal. An account of nature and movement, “Journey Along the Sea Road” imparts a sense of calm through the traveler's vision of the world.
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Explore the many ways editors and writers work together—and discuss what future models might be. Join us this May for a ...
04/29/2020

Explore the many ways editors and writers work together—and discuss what future models might be. Join us this May for a series of Master Classes on editing. First up: May 9 w/ @jbakernyc + @dennisearlii Join us: apublicspace.org/events
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It is unlikely that Tolstoy’s time was sensible and comprehensible. Ours is not. Perhaps there’s never a sensible and co...
04/29/2020

It is unlikely that Tolstoy’s time was sensible and comprehensible. Ours is not. Perhaps there’s never a sensible and comprehensible time. Feeling fatalistic about history, though, is easier than feeling fatalistic about what hasn’t yet become history. –Yiyun #TolstoyTogether
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