It’s been a month since we launched Little Brother Magazine No. 1, and we’ve been lucky enough to get a li’l hype and a few shout outs.
LB landed on the front page of The Globe and Mail’s Arts section, when Sarah Nicole Prickett wrote a piece pairing Little Brother with Random House Canada’s new online mag, Hazlitt: “Both are well-designed and feel several kinds of new. Both solicit contributions from home and native landers, with few exceptions, and yet neither have that insignificance-in-a-sprawling-landscape quality associated with CanLit. Neither is boring, either.”
Broken Pencil called LB “a spirited step toward smart literary writing with an open-door policy.” When asked about LB’s design and Risograph printing method, editor Emily M. Keeler responded, “There’s no point in making an ugly print thing now, when you could just make a beautiful Tumblr.” But obviously we still hope you like our Tumblr.
In the Broken Pencil Q&A, Emily points to Steve Thomas’ LB essay, “Songs of Another World,” about the permeating influence of American culture on Canadian writing, as the impetus for issue one. The Toronto Standard was kind enough to run an excerpt.
And over at The Quill and Quire, there’s a piece called “Big Plans for Canada’s New Literary Magazine, Little Brother.” Here’s Emily again: “The idea of Little Brother is to embrace that we can be smaller and we can be unique.”
However, the LB sensibility might not be to everyone’s tastes. Peep the hilarious comments on this Masthead blog post. “Not Impressed,” upon seeing a photo from LB’s launch, writes: “sneakers and shorts? C’mon folks, personally I find it disrepectful [sic] and trying too hard to be ‘cool’. Maybe I’m getting old.”
And, finally, our favourite bit of LB No. 1 coverage, from Post City Magazine: “We have a little brother, and we also like magazines… so why not check it out?”