Issue #1, page 1 - inside front cover + introductory piece written by Stephen Wisniewski
"community" is a slippery thing, and full of contradiction. how do we come to it? what does it mean to name it and to engage with the thing we’ve defined? what does it do for us, and what do we do for it?
the pieces in this collection attempt to do this work, in one way or another — to name the thing we feel, and to make meaning out of and through contradiction, and to guide that thing in productive directions. also, there’s some notes on cool local music and a picture of a baby owl. it’s a mixed bag, but the heart of all of it beats with some big questions.
the material here is introductory, in one sense, meaning it is in many ways concerned with defining its terms, which seems appropriate for a first issue — where do we come from? what’s important here? what are the problems and possibilities of this “scene,” and what are the stakes of what we do here? what values and ideals do we share? just what the hell are we talking about? they grapple with some deeply ingrained problems; they search for the liberatory possibilities of what community can be; they try to understand what brought us here together from wherever we came from and to understand what brings us together even now.
everyone here is excited, and everyone here is angry and everyone here is hopeful and grateful and ready to work for something better. and everyone knows that where we are and what we have is really fucking special — it’s worth celebrating and critiquing and laboring over, because it’s important, right? it’s rocket science, it’s life and death. it’s punk rock. it’s our family and support system. it’s what everyone makes it.
Everyone knows the creative economy is flawed. A bunch of loons with rose-shaded glasses if you ask me!