Penumbra Magazine

Penumbra Magazine "Soldiers who know no wine and no penumbra / behead the sirens on the seas of lead." Co-Founders: Eva Sage Gordon Jessica Quick Editor-in-chief: Eva Gordon Managing Editor: Kelly Rummel
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Which fictional animal has won you over? “It is completely selfless love: Tereza did not want anything of Karenin; She d...
04/16/2014

Which fictional animal has won you over?

“It is completely selfless love: Tereza did not want anything of Karenin; She did not ever ask him to love her back. Nor has she ever asked herself the questions that plague human couples: Does he love me? Does he love anybody more than me? Does he love me more than I love him? Perhaps all the questions we ask of love, to measure, test, probe, and save it, have the additional effect of cutting it short. Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.”

― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“She had never seen pomegranates nor tasted pineapples.” Pineapples take three years to mature. Pomegranates were the sy...
04/13/2014

“She had never seen pomegranates nor tasted pineapples.” Pineapples take three years to mature. Pomegranates were the symbol of fertility for the ancient Egyptians. Which of the two is a fault for Madame Bovary’s departure from sanity and morality?

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03/04/2014
10 Must-Read Books for March

Get your book on this March!

flavorwire.com/442976/10-must-read-books-for-march

As we hopefully begin to try and start thawing out from what has been a very long winter, March offers us up enough great books to help us get through what really should be (I mean, who knows these...

How many of these titles have you actually read?
02/28/2014
Open thread: the most lied-about books

How many of these titles have you actually read?

A new survey reveals the top 10 books people claim to have read but haven't. Be it War and Peace or Infinite Jest, share your uncracked spines here

02/21/2014

Thanks to all who came out for the fundraiser last night, and to Roll Madrid for hosting Penumbra Magazine! Pictures forthcoming!

Happy Sunday, Readers! Looking for a novel that could leave you feeling as if you've just had a long, boozy lunch with a...
02/16/2014
Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Happy Sunday, Readers! Looking for a novel that could leave you feeling as if you've just had a long, boozy lunch with a good friend? Nora Ephron's 1996 novel Heartburn (later a film staring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson) may be just the ticket.

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/46734/heartburn-by-nora-ephron

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depend...

As Ted Gioia points out, music and fiction don't always mix well—but here at Penumbra, we look for any reason to bring t...
02/15/2014
What are the Best Novels on Music?

As Ted Gioia points out, music and fiction don't always mix well—but here at Penumbra, we look for any reason to bring them together. Check out this list of novels heavily featuring music, and let us know if you have any to add.

Fiction and music don’t always go together smoothly, but here are ten novels that Ted Gioia rates as getting both right.

Calling all Playwrights! Starting with the spring/summer 2014 issue, Penumbra Magazine will seek submissions of dramatic...
02/14/2014

Calling all Playwrights! Starting with the spring/summer 2014 issue, Penumbra Magazine will seek submissions of dramatic writing. Starting Feb. 18th, send scripts of up to 20 double-spaced pages to [email protected]

If you would like to sign up for a 5 minute reading at next week's fundraising event (in person in Madrid, or from anywh...
02/14/2014

If you would like to sign up for a 5 minute reading at next week's fundraising event (in person in Madrid, or from anywhere via skype), email us at [email protected]

Happy Valentine's Day, readers. On this uncomfortable holiday, we offer you novelists' tips on ending a relationship fro...
02/14/2014

Happy Valentine's Day, readers. On this uncomfortable holiday, we offer you novelists' tips on ending a relationship from http://buff.ly/NJwzAO

Our favorite is this little gem: "It's not you, it's my book." from Danielle Paige, author of Dorothy Must Die.

http://buff.ly/NJwAF1

In The Atlantic this week, Megan MCardle writes about the problem of studying only polished classic literature in school...
02/14/2014
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

In The Atlantic this week, Megan MCardle writes about the problem of studying only polished classic literature in school and then trying to go home and start a rough draft.

"Unfortunately, in your own work, you are confronted with every clunky paragraph, every labored metaphor and unending story that refuses to come to a point. “The reason we struggle with"insecurity,” says Pastor Steven Furtick, “is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/02/why-writers-are-the-worst-procrastinators/283773/

The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work

Animals, much exploited in life, may be one of the least explored areas in fiction (outside the world of children's lit)...
02/12/2014

Animals, much exploited in life, may be one of the least explored areas in fiction (outside the world of children's lit). J.M. Coetzee's novels Disgrace and The Lives of Animals are one notable exception; can you name another?

They say that money makes the world go round. Dear readers, what are your favorite novels with money as a central concer...
02/12/2014

They say that money makes the world go round. Dear readers, what are your favorite novels with money as a central concern? I'll start a list here and please contribute additional names:
1. Sister Carrie/ Theodore Dreiser
2. The House of Mirth / Edith Wharton
3. The Great Gatsby/ F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Rules of Civility/ Amor Towles
5. Money / Martin Amis

For theater lovers out there, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate the 1898 birthday of Bertolt Brecht on this day in...
02/10/2014

For theater lovers out there, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate the 1898 birthday of Bertolt Brecht on this day in Germany.

Penumbra Magazine's cover photo
02/07/2014

Penumbra Magazine's cover photo

02/07/2014

Hello World!
Calling all [good] writers! Penumbra will be accepting submissions for our spring/summer 2014 issue starting Feb. 18th. Please send up to 5 poems, or up to 5,000 words of prose to [email protected].

Happy Birthday Herman Melville! To celebrate the occasion, visit the Melville archive online to read excerpts from the m...
08/01/2013

Happy Birthday Herman Melville! To celebrate the occasion, visit the Melville archive online to read excerpts from the master's longer works, as well as some full-length stories, like "The Lightning-Rod Man": http://www.melville.org/lrman.htm

Penumbra contributor M.V. Montgomery has a new book of short stories out from Winter Goose Publishing. Read about his ho...
05/13/2013
Beyond the Pale

Penumbra contributor M.V. Montgomery has a new book of short stories out from Winter Goose Publishing. Read about his horror/comedy stories here: http://wintergoosepublishing.com/shop/beyond-the-pale/

Fans of old Saturday afternoon creature features and Alfred Hitchcock mystery anthologies will relish this thrilling collection of stories from author M.V. Montgomery.

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