"Today in the besieged city fifteen people were killed by one fiery ball... No one had wanted to save them. I’ll see their faces tomorrow in the newspaper obituaries." Story of the Week (August 22), by Alma Lazarevska.
“If creating is to be a form of escape, let us agree that it is not reserved solely to the creator, but extends to the viewer / reader / observer who ensures its dissemination. Whether digital or in print, literature and art in their essentials are still portals — though perhaps not the escape we hope they will be — and they tend to provide telling insights into their makers and the individuals who indulge in them.” ~ Maryam Piracha, ‘A Word from the Editor’,Summer 2014
“This modest “sampler” of Caribbean writing in English presented by The Missing Slate is meant to be one gateway among many for those already familiar with the literature, but, even more importantly, should serve as an entry point for those who are becoming aware of writing rooted in the real life of those fabled tropical islands, so-called tourist paradises and the home of “calypso cricket”! It provides a broad introduction, across generations, across countries, to representative poets and prose writers.” ~ John Robert Lee, ‘Gateways: A Caribbean Sampler’,Summer 2014
“Critics and academicians classify escapist fiction and the genres of science-fiction, thriller, mystery, romance and fantasy, commonly classified under it, as sub-literary, deeming them unworthy of being regarded as true literature. Charges of shallowness and superficiality are brought up against escapist genre fiction, with its worth denigrated to entertainment alone. Not to disregard any motivation to read for purely aesthetic purposes, but the assertion that escapist fiction offers nothing more than the mere pleasure of escape is both false and unfounded.” ~ Sana Hussain, ‘The Reality of Escapist Fiction’,Summer 2014
“It occurs to me that I am invariably attracted to broken artists and conversely, broken art. Some of them survived their art, others didn’t but overwhelmingly I am attracted to artists whose art cripples their person. These are the books I come back to — ‘Labyrinths’, ‘Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man’, ‘Notes from the Underground’, ‘Beautiful Losers’ — broken books by broken people, followed by broken songs and broken paintings. All of them dangerously maladjusted beings that thrive in their broken-ness, while being broken. Almost as if the process that shatters their person simultaneously feeds their art.”
~ Maria Amir, ‘Solitary Consignment’,Summer 2014