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The American Reader

The American Reader, is a monthly subscription-only literary “reader” of fiction, poetry, translation and criticism. TAR “is dedicated to reestablishing the role of literary discourse in the conversations of members of Generation Y.” It was created in response to our culture’s current literary terrain. The young editors make sure TAR is witty, edgy, and current while remaining erudite.

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The New York Times ran a feature on Uzoamaka Maduka, the Princeton graduate who created TAR, and described what she started as “proof that even in this iPhone age, some paper-based dreams have not died: bright young things, it seems, are still coming to New York, smoking too much and starting perfect-bound literary journals.”

We spoke to Arielle Patrick (Director of Publicity, at The American Reader) about her views on reading in our generation.

[Y&P] What do you want readers of The American Reader to take away from the publication?

[Arielle Patrick] I want people to stop saying that young people don’t read in print anymore. We do. But print reading has its own place in our routine. Many people wonder why a group of young, plugged-in intellectuals would consider launching a print publication in a digital era. We know our generation thirsts for content immediately, and we fill that need with our website. I’m especially proud of our partnership with Salon magazine. Check out some of our hottest on-line content here at Salon.com: http://www.salon.com/topic/the_american_reader

What NYC literary figure, past or present, do you admire?

Tom Wolfe. I remember when he came to my high school alma mater, The Chapin School, to speak at one of our commencement ceremonies. As always, he was clad in that crisp white summer suit. My favorite of his works is The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. He took a lot of risks writing that book in 1968, and I admire him for that.

Which do you prefer: Kindle, iBooks, Nooks, or books?

Books. I like the visceral experience of reading. I barely know how to use my iPhone and don’t own a tablet.