funny how, as I start to write the editors note, what I am currently
reading extracurricularly, somehow automatically becomes fodder for the
next issue. It used to be that zing citations or quotes were in the backlog
or library of zing world. Now they infiltrate zings very existence
almost as easily as ESPN, CNN, or MTV. Well this literary taste is not
just white noise, its José Saramago to be precise, and the
piece that won the 98 Nobel prize. Lets meander reputations
and accomplices . . .
It takes little or nothing to undo reputations, the merest trifle makes
and remakes them, it is simply a question of finding the best means of
engaging the confidence or interest of those who are to become ones
unsuspecting echoes or accomplices.
Baltasar and Blimunda, José Saramago
11, the latest in the zing edition tradition, (and lets give a nod
here to D Eggers and his copyediting brilliance over at Timothy McSwinneys
eleven is a numerical figure rather than spelled out as it has previously
been in this sentence). Nonetheless, the accomplices of zingmagazine are
of the very best, now 11 issues later. There is a curatorial vision in
our unvisionary approachour trifle our letter, which comes from
William Gibson, the voice of Annie Sullivan The Miracle Worker.
And who better than the miracle worker/teacher of Helen Keller
to be the voice or the echo for zing 11. The image on the cover comes
from an advertisement for the Womens US Army Corp from Co-Ed magazine
circa 71, and reflects cross the pollination so much the make up
of zingfor it really is the no template spirit that drives us. But
there is no blindness in 11, rather dreams, very special dreams. Again
Saramago, again Baltasar and Blimunda, They all slept as best they
could, each with his own secret dreams, for dreams are like human beings,
bearing some resemblance to one another, but never quite identical.
New York, New York