So thrilled to have Storychord alum Erika Swyler as this week’s Guest Editor! Here, she gives some background on her Issue #79 selections:
I did a little guest editing stint for storychord.com, which is one of the cooler places for creative minded people on the web. Storychord is a tricky animal, as it asks editors to combine fiction, an image, and music to create a unified experience that’s more than the sum of its parts.
The issue features R.J. Caputo’s photography, Scott Barkan’s music, and Mary Cool’s writing. The combined experience for me was one that starts off in a dark, slightly sinister place, that opens up into a strange and wonderful world of possibilities. I hope that readers, viewers, and listeners come away with the feeling that a door has been opened.
Finding things that play nicely together is the hard part. I read a lot of work from a ton of talented people, looked at art for days, and listened to more music than my ears can handle. Ultimately something about these three pieces had an off-kilter kismet that got me very excited.
R.J. Caputo’s image is a journey. Your eye travels through it the way your mind walks down a story.
Scott Barkan’s song Flightless Bird has a jangly, powerful sound that manages to be both raw and rough, but perfectly orchestrated with delicate attention to minute detail.
Mary Cool’s story, well… how could one resist? I had the pleasure of hearing Mary read part of this and I immediately began to suffer from the worst case of idea envy I’ve ever had in my life.
Storychord is an important place to me, as its editor, sarahspy, gave me an early break and hopped on board with a piece that no one else would touch. That kind of creative spirit is important and necessary.
I invite you all to give these fantastic people a good look, listen, and read.
Attention all writers, artists, and bands! I’m now reading/selecting for Issues 80-89 of Storychord.com, the collaborative fiction / art / music journal I founded and edit. If you’ve considered submitting your work to the site, this week is an ideal time to do so! Visit Storychord’s submission guidelines for more information.
In lieu of this active reading period, Storychord took a quick break from posting this week, and instead rounded up a list of the Top 20 Most Visited Storychord Issues — listed in order of popularity — since the site’s inception in March 2010.
“The internet isn’t a place to be vulnerable. Sometimes I think about what it would take to actually write something mean about some woman’s work on Twitter or in a comment. It’s so inconceivable to me that I realise, oh, these people are really, really different from me or anyone I know. I also try to remember that hating things is kind of fun, and people do it sort of recreationally. You can catch yourself criticising people that you love, even. But I would never do that publicly.”—Miranda July, interviewed by Ann Friedman for COS Magazine