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SPRING 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 2

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

They’ve taken the rims off the basketball hoops near my house. Don’t ask me who “they” are exactly—the town, the state, the virus; it doesn’t really matter—all trudging and heavy-handed conspirators against joy, all marauding and relentless conspirators against the benign successes and failures of day to day life—conspirators against the most basic human endeavor of movement. I have a strange sudden nostalgia for the crowded platforms of the DC metro trains of my undergraduate years. A desire to be going somewhere. To be involved in something. To be anxious about direction.  To be bored as I wait simply because the before and after is so eventful. To be rushed. To be nervous.  To be homesick.  To feel the gravity and debauchery of the city. To be living. To be aging. And I deeply miss Dublin and this year’s brand of last decade’s tunes being busked on Grafton Street.  I’ll return. All of us will. But there is a blip on the tape now that we can’t recover.

We have entered a season of exile that is unique and most onerous. It is an exile not from our homes, but from the places we wish to escape to. And that is somehow more damning. More claustrophobic. More confining. More irredeemable. Worse, we are given nothing to fear but the obvious. That is not a life; it is an intermission and we are best to treat it as such. Those who don’t know better will tell you that this is a perfect time to write; all free from those pesky responsibilities of living your life. What they (another feckless, faceless “they”) don’t understand is that all worthwhile writing—literal or abstract—is about a life on the move. About a body in motion, and a spirit in riot and redemption. It demands access to a brand of melancholy only found in hotel lobbies in fallen European cities. So don’t vilify yourself too harshly if you find your pages temporarily empty. Just be well and hurry back. In turn, we present to you a more compact issue than normal, as some of our contributors take hiatus. We are never compromising—certainly not for some intrusive viral thug. Good art is responsive to the world around it. Great art rejects it entirely.

Cheers,

Joseph M. Reynolds

STAFF PICKS

Books/Literature

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Amber)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Eri)

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce (Joe)

Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston, edited by Deborah G. Plant

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Unmentionables (poems) by Beth Ann Fennelly

The Parking Lot and other feral scenarios by Darcie Dennigan

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Setven Scott, art by Harmony Baker

Silent Dancing: A Partial Rememberance of a Puerto Rican Childhood by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie (Sean)

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Young Skins by Colin Barrett (Sam)

 

Film

Room (Amber)

Odd Thomas (Eri)

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Sean)

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Lives of Others

Shakespeare in Love (Joe)

Big Fish (Sam)

 

Documentary

Night on Earth

Ephemerality - Greetings (Kevin)

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (Sean)

Television

Watchmen (Amber)

The Beatles Anthology (Kevin)

 

Music (Albums)

Midnight Cinema by Joanna Wang (Amber)

 

Use Your Illusion by Guns n' Roses (Joe)

 

El Dorado by Marcus King

Hard Nose the Highway by Van Morrison

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Push Push by Herbie Mann

Ephemerality EP by Greetings... (Kevin)

 

Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend (Sam)

Songs

"High Above Chicago" by Fialta

"Hide Your Love Away" by Eddie Vedder (Joe)

"Take Yourself Home" by Troy Sivan

"Slow Down" by Skip Marley & H.E.R.

"Running Up That Hill(A Deal With God)" by Kate Bush (Sean)

Artists

Beth Crowley

Cavetown (Eri)

EDITORIAL STAFF

Editor in Chief / Fiction Editor | Joseph M. Reynolds
Managing Editor | Samuel Marx
Poetry Editor | Sean Frederick Forbes

Nonfiction Editor | Thomas Keith
Book Review Editor | Amber Smith
Film Review Editor | Cassandra Steele
Music Review Editor | Kevin Carr
Layout/Design | Erica Lauer

Head of Fundraising | Loretto Leary

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