Hoop Dreams

The Ball State Daily News covers the online literary journal Freight Stories, which has just published its second issue. (I’d recommend “Scene & Dialogue,” a story about a college basketball prospect that’s full of potent ironies; the story’s author, Rus Bradburd, jumped from coaching basketball at UTEP to getting an MFA.) The journal’s founders, husband-and-wife Ball State English profs Victoria Barrett and Andrew Scott, figure they’ve found a way to avoid printing costs without delegitimizing their efforts. Citing Narrative Magazine as a model, they explain:

“Online publishing has become both easier and less iconoclastic,” Barrett said. “Web journals began to emerge as a viable outlet for the highest quality work, the work of writers who, a few short years before, wouldn’t have considered publishing online. And so, Freight Stories was born.”