Editors’ Note, June 2014
Issue No. 4 – June, 2014
June 15, 2014
This is an issue about deception. Outside of these pages, goat-people do not play with matches. Giraffes do not ride the New York City subway. Stump-armed strippers do not honor the name of Hellenic godspawn as they are showered with frat boy dollars. The Rapture did not come to the American westward frontier and kittens do not come coated in strawberry frosted flavoring.
This is an issue about the faux fairies even the father of Sherlock Holmes couldn’t decipher and the advancing digital editing software that furthers their legacy. This is an issue about art that tells lies. But then again, so is every issue.
To be an artist is to tell lies. You snip together half-truths and quarter-truths and tiny jagged fragments of truths, leaving behind only enough evidence of facture to serve as a breadcrumb trail back to reality. Even a purported act of non-fiction becomes in practice an elaborate chain of stretches and smudges. The author’s bias always wins out.
This is an issue about deception, and if it has a bias, perhaps it’s biased toward great fiction and photography. We hope you’ll love it as much as we do. And if not, well, we hope you’ll lie.
All the best,
Max and Katie