Animal Farm: The Harvard literary magazine goes to the barnyard

By Mad Dog
Published: Jan 24, 2010

The Harvard Advocate is America’s oldest college literary magazine and, most of the time, its best. (One exception: when I was its managing editor. The editor, a poet, was too lofty to produce an issue and had zero intention of letting me produce one so, with some colleagues, I formally impeached him. “That sort of thing” just “isn’t done” at Harvard; he survived.) But the Winter 2010 issue is a great one; The New Yorker calls it “a beautiful little compendium of writing and artwork on animals and the animalistic.” Among the star contributors: Mark Strand, Jay McInerney, Amy Hempel, Louise Bourgeois. For sheer snob status on your coffee table, it’s worth $12. Order by mail.