Big thanks as always to editors Christy Crutchfield, Sarah Boyer, Ted Powers, and Brian Mihok.
Yesterday morning’s deadline introduction to the issue:
What you’ll immediately notice upon reading our Spring Issue is that the science is sounder, the history more historical. Each of DSM’s 99 interns fact-checked these stories and poems with scv.com, Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is the only website I know of where a pop-up confederate soldier lectures me about courage. And that’s all I could ever want from the web, racism to tsk at and literature to love on. A good starting point in this issue would be reading the story or poem by the contributor who has most tenderly kissed your forehead, and then working your way down in order of decreasing tenderness. In this way, the issue will get better and better as you read on: The latter contributors really do love you, they just couldn’t be bothered to kiss you how you liked. They were in the middle of writing something good.