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Issue 1 | Spring 2018

As seen at EXPO Chicago, our inaugural issue begins to answer a nagging question: What would a criticism that critiques the critics look like?

Editorial Statement

We walk down the street, shaking our heads at a link we just followed. We click our tongues and crumple our magazines in anger. Seeing each other dejected, we ask, “What is it?” We sigh, explain, go back-and-forth, sort it out. But never in print.

A Lack of Reflection - Emily Mercedes Rich

Based on his books, I wasn’t surprised by the allegations. I wasn’t even surprised by the responses to those allegations—some of which were surprises.

Richard Was Here - Bianca Bova

Day-to-day entries include the relatively mundane “Richard drove me to work,” “Richard—Clockwork Orange + Dinner,” and “Richard—talked at park.”

Coming Correct - Ian Eric Wojcikiewicz

This form of PC may be a particularly outrageous vintage of bullshit coming from Mike Cernovich and the like, but the tactic follows a larger pattern of right-leaning disapproval.

The Kanye Compromise - James Stewart III

We now ask ourselves a similar question about powerful people and genius: If we like a person, or enjoy something they do, should we ignore how their personal actions are affecting people in the real world?

Fire in the Hole - J. Howard Rosier

Talk shows of this ilk are seen alone, probably at night or in ones waking hours. Rather than several hundred people packed into a small space, it’s a million people streaming, independently, everywhere.