Dear readers, contributors, and staff,
This time around, I waited as close to the deadline as possible to write this letter—to give myself the least amount of time possible to edit it. That’s a general problem of mine. I write, and I write, and I write, and then I edit over and over, until my sentences are bare and dry, and I’ve chiseled away all the magic from the prose. I don’t know what I have against magic. Maybe I’m scared that, if I do leave it in, my audience won’t be able to see it. Maybe, like all magicians, I have an insatiable impulse to guard my secrets.
Luckily, when it comes to editing this magazine, I take the opposite approach. I am the Editor-in-Chief in name only. I am the Editor-in-Chief of emails. I am the Editor-in-Chief of Zoom meetings. I am the Editor-in-Chief of WhatsApp groups. But when it comes to the actual issue? The truth and beauty that enters it? To that, I defer to my senior editors and associates. They’re the ones who aren’t deterred by a challenging work. They’re the ones who know what magic looks like.
Which is my round-about way of saying thank you. Thank you editors for putting this issue together. Thank you contributors for supplying the magic. And thank you readers for making our words visible again.