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editor's note

zingmagazine came out of the idea that within certain disciplines, artistic and otherwise, various cross-references occur, both with individuals and the material of their particular interest. Rather than remaining isolated and apart, either through an unaware and uninformed (or aware and informed) malaise, there is a need to comingle arenas. By establishing a forum of collaborative exchange, zingmagazine examines points of both similar and dissimilar articulations. Like sets and subsets in a mathematical diagram, having similar and opposite properties, parts of the exchange will share epiphanies while others will securely diverge. But in the examination of these current issues, born out of the collaborative spirit, zingmagazine reaches for the crossing point, and it is from this "crossing"--where fiction meets poetry for lunch, theorists mingle with artists over which they are, and while we all assume new boundaries with an excess of technology in the modern world--that we find our inspiration. Likewise, it is from this crossing that the title is honed.

The format of zingmagazine is comprised of rotating curatorial projects. Each curator was invited to create a context of their choosing for each issue. Among the disciplines that will be explored in this issue are a curated section with a vision towards portraiture, another the Persians, takes on the classics, a photographic essay on lavatories--both men and women's--the first in the serial appearance of a new Victorian novel, a photographic travelogue, a piece on the four graces, Tablet--a section of concrete poetry, and a queried look at youth in its artistic sense. Lack of parameters or limits is the impetus, with the idea that the creative impulse, within each of the curators/disciplines, produced individual projects--both of the curators and the participants. Finally, a critical The Reflections, The Reviews, The Reactions supplement accompanies each issue, reporting on happenings, shows, readings, publications, renegades, etc.--from Los Angeles, New York, London, Köln, Athens, Mexico City, and elsewhere.

Devon Dikeou

New York, New York
1998