Who Are We?
When we were trying to think of a name for this journal, we wanted to come up with something that would encompass the broad creative, experimental scope that we had envisioned. We wanted to create a publishing vehicle for both writers and graphic artists. And we wanted to publish experimental, provocative, and even revolutionary material from both camps. As we were attempting to describe exactly what we wanted, we observed that we were consistently repeating the words and/or. Writing and/or graphic art. Work that is experimental and/or provocative, and/or revolutionary.
There’s a philosophical bent to and/or. The word "and" expresses the complexity of the human condition. You can be/do this, that, and even the other thing. "Or" expresses an appreciation for the divergent (strange, odd, weird, bizarre). "It can be like this, or it can be like that, or it can even be like the other thing."
The more we examined the phrase and/or, the more adjectives we found to describe our purpose in creating the journal. What it really got down to is that we didn’t want to pigeonhole our content in either exclusive or inclusive terms. We wanted, instead, to suggest a dynamic that relates artistic and literary expression in a way that can be exclusive and/or inclusive. This and/or that and/or something else, entirely.
Who is our ideal contributor? We don’t have an ideal contributor. The very term and/or challenges the limitations of idealism. Let’s qualify that. Our ideal contributor, were we to have one, would create literary and/or graphic art that is, as we indicated above, experimental, and/or provocative, and/or revolutionary and/or something else equally as dynamic.
Who is our ideal reader? We don’t have one of those, either. If we did, however, he or she would be someone who is not stuck on the idea that convention and tradition are the be-all and end-all of good art and literature. Our ideal reader would appreciate that the conventional, the traditional, the provocative, and the revolutionary are all part of the same aesthetic and/or continuum.
So, enough, already! Let’s get on with it!
Damian W. Hey