From the Editors
No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself. —Virginia Woolf
We’re harboring ghosts in Issue 23. The ghost of a dead sister, an alternative life, a lost ambition. We love starting the year with a collection of ekphrastics that make us thrill to being alone in the quiet mystery of what happens next: Terri Brown-Davidson on Hilma af Klint’s “Self Portrait,” in which a mystic yearns to become geometry at its purest; Mark Katrinak on Edward Hopper’s “Hotel Room,” where destinations fail; and DB Jonas on Kafka’s character “Odradek,” who lives, says Jonas, “where the sounds of words call to one another across impossible distances.” We can think of no better line to ring in the New Year than that.
—Claire, Suzanne, Cheryl
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