"The curatorial authorship emphasised in post-internet poetry, the devaluation of originality, reflects the experience of an artist in a culture that forgets nothing: the panic attack of influence." Charles Whalley on Rachael A...
“I think the reason the magazine has been as successful as it is, is because of its female-centric team, in a world which, as we are so often reminded, was once reserved solely for men. Don’t get me wrong: this isn’t an “anti-man” tirade — what would that even look like, anyway — I think men are fascinating creatures… as long as they’re not trying to pigeonhole women into box-sized categories. Power plays, both emotional and sexual, are what anchor this issue and I hope — in however small a way — that our words resonate within you and become the change this world so desperately needs.” ~ Maryam Piracha, A Word from the Editor,Winter 2014
“For a great many of us, body image is the psycho-sexual key to navigating relationships. Our appearance denominates so much of our “appeal”, not to mention our “stock value” in the pecking order. Body image is used both consciously and subconsciously by all of us to get what we want. Honesty demands that one acknowledges that none of us are eventually above weighing the metrics of appearance and its importance simultaneously. Let’s face it, in the romantic scheme of things today, the expression “she has a great personality” is practically an insult.” ~ Maria Amir, Cutting Through the Fat,Winter 2014
“Amid all the campaigning to end slut-shaming, rape culture, homophobia, there has been a shift in the representation on mainstream media as well. The shift grows more visible by the day. While Hollywood may still be churning out unrealistic expectations of romance in fluff films, the existence of more intelligent television shows and artists to counter the impact of such regressive gender stereotyping is an encouraging trend, and one that helps fretting feminists sleep easier.” ~ Ghausia Rashid Salam, How Faerietales Stole Female Sexuality,Winter 2014
“Most of Arabic literature’s major writers are still little-known in English. Many are translated, but few reach the wide readerships that they deserve. This special issue gives a small glimpse of a rich vein in contemporary Lebanese literature, which addresses universal questions of memory, identity, violence, and gender.”
~ M.L. Qualey & Yasmina Jraissati, Reading Lebanon, Reading the World,Winter 2014