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SUNY Geneseo Launches “Gandy Dancer”

Issue No. 192 ~ May, 2013

Pif Magazine is but one of many online literary journals. In February, we were flattered to be recognized as “prominent” and approached for advice and counsel by SUNY Geneseo students preparing to launch their own collegiate online journal. As part of their research, Christina Mortellaro contacted us to inquire …

The Future of Publishing is … 3D Boobs?

Issue No. 158 ~ July, 2010

The press release rocketed across the wires.  Nearly instantaneously every gossip and celebrity rag from Miami to LA weighed in on the announcement. Twitter was …. well, a-twitter with the hype.  Even NPR felt compelled to comment.  Hugh Hefner, the demigod of publishing, the man …

Profile of Rattapallax Press

Issue No. 56 ~ January, 2002

"I determined to publish the first issue like a rock concert or major political campaign. We would become a national publication with our first issue and not wait for the gradual progression."

Report from Ebook World 2000

Issue No. 44 ~ January, 2001

The main question the various publishing types, journalists, would-be developers and consultants who attended Ebook World were dying to have answered was why Americans aren't scrambling to shelve their printed (or "p") books and embrace the books of the future?

Out-of-Print Poetry

Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

This past March Pif‘s editors discussed running an Out-of-Print Books Issue. I said, “Wait a minute. Don’t books go out-of-print for a reason? Doesn’t all of a poet’s best work end up in a volume under a title that begins with Collected, or Selected, or …


Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

If you haven't written a bestseller, it doesn't mean you're doomed. Matthew Pakula explores the business of keeping books in print.

Meet Richard Yates

Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

Richard Yates (1926-1992) was known as the “great writer of the Age of Anxiety,” a man who wrote deftly about lostness. His first novel, Revolutionary Road (1961), was an instant success, a finalist for the National Book Award alongside Catch-22 and The Moviegoer, and equally …