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Su­san Or­lean (“Talk­ing to Strangers” by Kate Tut­tle, Novem­ber/De­cem­ber 2018) is part of one of the strangest, briefest vi­gnettes I’ve had in all my years as a New Yorker. I was sit­ting in a Man­hat­tan café, circa

2000, dimly aware—or not aware at all— that the woman at the next ta­ble was en­grossed in The Orchid Thief. Sud­denly Or­lean her­self ap­peared and in­formed the woman who she was and that this was one of the rare times she’d ar­bi­trar­ily come across some­one read­ing one of her books. And then the author, as fast as she ap­peared, ex­ited. And that is my Su­san Or­lean ex­pe­ri­ence, which I hope wasn’t a hal­lu­ci­na­tion.


Stone Ridge, New York

Thanks so much for “Div­ing Into the Dig­i­tal Slush Pile: How On­line Sub­mis­sions Are Chang­ing Lit

Mags (and Your Chances of Pub­li­ca­tion)” by Michael Bourne (Novem­ber/De­cem­ber 2018). I was as­ton­ished to find out how many more sub­mis­sions mag­a­zines are get­ting due to the ease of on­line sub­mis­sions. I’ve of­ten won­dered why more mag­a­zines don’t fo­cus on a ge­o­graph­i­cal area, in­stead of ac­cept­ing work from ev­ery­where. If a mag­a­zine limited sub­mis­sions to a cer­tain re­gion of the coun­try, they’d not only re­ceive fewer sub­mis­sions, but they might also be able to foster more personal con­tacts be­tween au­thors and read­ers by host­ing read­ings, cri­tique groups, book fairs, and so forth. Thanks for a great mag­a­zine!


Colum­bus, Ohio

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