The Secret Incompetence of Literary Magazines

"You know how Gawker is always ragging on Bard College, how they're so weird and all?" asks a reader. Why yes, we do! Bard College, the liberal arts school located 120 miles north in Annandale-on-Hudson, "puts the 'liberal' in 'liberal arts,'" according to the Princeton Review. We used to have a delightful column from a Bard student, all about skinny jeans and crying! "Well, I sent [a dark short story] to their literary magazine [Conjunctions]... Bard rejected it because they were too busy preparing their issue on the topic of DEATH. They further suggested I resubmit something else and—for good measure—they stuffed the whole article back into my SASE. It came with 51 cents postage due."