Many of the selections in this issue have to do with secret lives. This is by accident, not design, as is usually the case with MR. Our experithe theme before the contents. In the four months it takes to put to- ence with the pitfalls of special issues has made us wary of choosing gether a magazine, it's next to impossible to find two hundred pages of excellent material on, say, "children." That's why we don't do theme issues. We explain this to authors when they call to ask what kind of Fiction" (or "Love and Danger," or "Greed," or "Generations"). Well, piece to send. They're confused; the cover of the last issue said "Comic yes, but it just sort of happened that way. We didn't go out looking for comic stories; they came to us. And we certainly didn't turn down any good ones because they weren't funny. A good story--a really exceptional one--is a pearl beyond price. As is a penetrating essay, or poems that astonish. They don't show up in our office every day. So no, MR tice is to wait and see, accepting the best material we can find and waiting for it to
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1996
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