Image Journal

The latest in my weekly reviews of literary journals and genre magazines. Image Journal publishes four times a year in both print and online formats. What they say about themselves: Image was founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community. We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is dramatic, not didactic—incarnational, not abstract. And so our focus has been on works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel. In our pages the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the “greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts” of our everyday lives.” Issue reviewed: Issue 106 Genre: Literary realism with religious themes One Story I’ll Remember Not to Forget: “Good Faith,” by Jessica Treadway.  Em is a studious high school senior who is both envious and protective of her more popular younger sister Daphne. When Daphne faces a personal crisis, both girls find out the limit of their parents’ love for them. The story addresses a sensitive issue in an understanding and original manner. Clapperboard Rating: Three Klacks. The stories start off a bit slow, but eventually develop significant dramatic tension. Profanometer: Gee Willikers. I didn’t read a single word you wouldn’t hear on the Disney Channel.

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