Editor’s Note, September 2013
Issue No. 1 – September 2013
September 15, 2013
Launching an online arts magazine in 2013 is something like opening a Tiki lounge in 1976: the industry is saturated, you’re a little late to the party and Arthur Lyman is booked out straight through Christmas.
Still, there’s a surplus of affordable bamboo-thatched, A-frame roofed commercial real estate on the market, you’ve got the spirit of the South Seas in your heart and you know your Mai Tais will always be the strongest east of Tahiti…
That’s us. We’re the folks unafraid to pop out our tiny paper parasols when everybody else is folding down.
But why bother? Why, at a time when the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses estimates there are over 600 such active publications, ranging from the all-universes at Tin House to the small potatoes at the Mickey Mouse Review, would anyone want to start an art mag these days?
Foremost, it’s because we love art and we’re excited to showcase it. For as many weeklies, quarterlies and annuals as there are out on the digital shelves, the truth is that too many talented minds are still going underrepresented. Genre fiction, a particular favorite of ours, remains a pariah in certain corners. Photography, perhaps the most accessible and democratic of all creative forms, has primarily been resigned to specialty sites and personal portfolios. Even confident, narrative-driven storytelling has lost some of its admirable repute as editorial tastes drive further toward the hyper-literary and workshop-approved.
It is not our desire to denigrate any of these trends, but rather to provide an outlet for the alternative, to give home to great art too big, too small, too quiet, too loud, too weird, too unassuming or too whatever for the rest of the world.
And we’re off to a pretty good start.
In this premier issue alone, we are beyond proud to introduce a quartet of remarkable photographers based on three different continents. Stephanie, Fabio, Holly and Emily alike have wowed us with their unique vision and wholly reaffirmed our conviction to devote our pages to the photographic field.
On the fiction end of business, we have the honor of publishing four of the finest shorts you’ll read this season, each providing its own curious inquiry into the nature of family and social belonging (whether those families consist of brothers, sisters, mothers, daughters, celebrity scions and their bodyguards or a pair of Cousin Allens). Our contributing authors Ian, Brandon, Rebecca and Christopher have together constructed a string of beautifully imagined relationships, pressed firm against the quiet spaces of rural America, a long-distance phone call, a deserted beach town and the secret farm beyond your local Italian place.
Arts magazines may be multitude online, but we hope you’ll soon consider Buffalo Almanack among your favorites. We may be in the early phases of our operation, but we’re here to stay – if for no other reason than the fact that your writing and camerawork has compelled us to do so.
Please, grab yourself a Mai Tai and clear your plate for a heaping of Moco Loco and bad analogies! Buffalo Almanack has arrived and we really, truly, sincerely could not have done it without you.
All the best,
Max and Katie