I liked this comment from the Editor's Notes of the latest issue of Tin House:
"We are frequently asked what we look for in a story or poem. The answer is simple: To see things anew, to be reminded of what it is to be alive. To miss our subway stop because we are so consumed with what we are reading. That's all we ask for. And we hope that you will find the same."
They make it sound so simple, don't they? I know exactly the kind of writing they're talking about, and I imagine it is neither simple to write, nor as an editor, easy to select. But, as a reader, greatly appreciated.