Dear Readers and Writers:
I’ve never been a fan of the word closure, — same goes for journey, or summative statements like my takeaway, all in all, or at the end of the day. Yet it’s hard to ignore the urge to reflect on what we’ve all been through over the past year. * While some might claim they’ve emerged from 2020 a bit more insightful, with a deeper sense of gratitude and compassion, it’s hard to experience that basket of virtues without also feeling the lingering pang of loss, the still simmering sense of anxiety, and more than a hint of bewilderment and apprehension about what comes next.
In the midst of this possible-post-Covid, mid-vax, no more mask wearing era — we present our June 2021 issue.
Remember pre-Covid summer movies? THAT feeling, — you and your friends in the air-conditioning with a tall tub of popcorn drenched in butter, a blue raspberry slushie, or the XL box of Milk Duds? In the dark hush of the multiplex, the outside world receded for a few luxurious hours as you fell into the thrall of the story. Lights dimmed. Curtains opened. And as you settled back in your seat you also kind of leaned forward eagerly awaiting what was to come.
This is our 22nd issue, but that movie theater feeling is always what we’re going for. Anticipation and reward, the story with the surprise twist, the essay that punctures the way you used to think about something.
Pull us up on your phone from your hammock or Adirondack, — scroll and lean in. Escape.
*Resisting the urge to provide closure, we instead offer comfort from some of our favorite philosophers: Calvin and Hobbes.