"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...
“When my longtime friend and Editor in Chief Maryam Piracha and I envisioned this journal, we hoped it would be a seamless blend of The New Yorker and Vogue. It should come as no surprise that those are our favorite publications respectively. It did however come as a surprise (to me) that here at the other end of our now three years doing this together, we were fortunate enough to be one of the two magazines who received Pulitzer winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri’s unpublished manuscript in order to run an excerpt from her Booker Prize shortlisted book ‘The Lowland’. The second magazine was The New Yorker.” ~ Moeed Tariq, A Word from the Creative Director, Fall 2013
“Traditionally, The Missing Slate has emphasized reduced focus on the conventional interpretation of politics in its pages. This has always been because many other publications do political coverage much better, and an arts magazine has no business with it. However, though an argument could be made for politics playing no role here, it would be a weak one, because politikos is concerned with people, and the political really is personal. So while we will stay away from current affairs, we will continue to steep ourselves in social affairs, toeing the line of the politically (or apolitically) correct.” ~ Maryam Piracha, A Word from the Editor, Fall 2013
“In today’s politically correct world, even the slightest, most unconscious assumption can be misconstrued as a deep-seated bias. Convention consists of tiptoeing around discussing important issues, making outright declarations, and expressing strong opinions, diving so deep into the safe side that we end up in the cesspit of another group’s ire.” ~ Mahnoor Yawar, USS: The Uncertain State of Superheroism, Fall 2013
“The longing, whether it is for a return to the past, or for a definitive separation from ghosts of various origins, is almost ubiquitous.”
~ Rhea Cinna, Passage Through The Zone, Summer 2013