A bubbly review of VQR.

The Magazineer loves us, they really love us! It’s always nice when somebody says they came to VQR via our blog. Incidentally, don’t miss Heather Champ’s “How to Read The New Yorker in 10 Easy Steps,” from back in January. If you read The New Yorker, it’s pretty funny. If you don’t, it’s probably just …

How massive resistance ended over Harry Byrd’s wishes.

Orange County native Lindsay Almond was elected governor of Virginia against Harry Byrd’s wishes in 1957. Byrd had eliminated five statewide seats, winnowing the number down to the three we know today, in order to make it easier for him to control the outcome of the elections. (I wonder what those five seats were, and …

“Browbeaten By Humpty Dumpty, Or Quitting the Liberal Label”

From the Autumn 1976 VQR: The joy of being a liberal is in thinking and judging an issue for yourself—and then speaking out. As long as you will do that, you have some claim to the honored label. The danger of decay in liberalism is greatest when the response of the liberal to the issues …

Participating in the Creative Commons

I’ve explained before why I release my photographs under a Creative Commons license, and I’m happy to report that we’ve done something similar here at Virginia Quarterly Review. A literary writers conference by the name of “LWC}NYC” is held each year. It’s a wonky professional writers’ thing that you and I would probably find of …

VQR on Chiquita’s support of terrorists.

With Tuesday’s news that Chiquita will pay a $25M fine for providing millions of dollars in aid to Colombian terrorist group FARC, suddenly VQR’s forthcoming fall issue, dedicated entirely to South American issues, looks downright prescient. To that end, we’ve just posted publicly a history of Chiquita’s practices of of running cocaine on their freighters …

VQR Submission System v1.0.

After hundreds of hours of work, 249 issues in FogBugz, and thousands of lines of code, the VQR electronic submission system is done. It won’t look real exciting to 99% of y’all, but believe me, this system represents the absolute technological pinnacle in the delivery and management of electronic submissions to publications. The last couple …