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One of the things I was doing during the time I was mostly absent from Live Journal was trying to get a new publication off the ground. I kept putting off making an announcement here until the kinks were ironed out, but have come to realize that, just as the protagonists of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back find that removing a spot from one place merely displaces it to another, no amount of steam seems capable of making the site lie completely flat.

So here, creases and all, is my declaration that Souciant is live and in need of readers. I'll say more in a later entry about the editorial philosophy, which began with ideas I had for running counter to the diminishing attention spans of the Facebook era, but for now will direct your attention to today's lead article, in which my longtime friend and collaborator Steven Rubio from Bad Subjects: Political Education For Everyday Life -- he comments here as masoo -- considers the fate of personal blogging from a similar angle.

It's an honor to have Steven join Souciant's list of contributors, as it would be to have my Live Journal friends follow in his footsteps. Please do check out the site to let me know what you think. And stay tuned for further announcements, including posts in which I link to my own pieces there.

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From: batdina Date: June 15th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've been poking there a bit since you opened. I had checked with J about writing, but never heard back from him. Any information you have to share about what kinds of writing you guys are interested in publishing would be most appreciated by me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 15th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We're interested in all sorts of stuff. The Bad Subjects-type content, but with more of an emphasis on travel, whether literal or virtual. And we need stuff for the "Reads" category in particular. Book reviews, reviews of internet content etc.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: June 15th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So, I send an email application? I'm personally in need of some different direction in my writing and this might wake me up.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No need for an application. I'll be your editor. Just tell me what interests you and we'll work together on coming up with a suitable topic. I'd love something about art. And we're making room for alternative travel pieces, including ones in which authors describe what is for them close to home. I can also imagine you writing some bang-up autobiographical pieces about your art. I, for one, have remained captivated by those pieces in which you consider the diasporic experience, the sort you would sometimes share here five years back. But anything involving images would be especially welcome.
croneitude From: croneitude Date: June 15th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've been enjoying what I've seen of it, and passed along a few of your pieces to C. I'm also interested in participating, in some form, maybe. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks for reading and especially for passing things on. We have a very flexible editorial approach, not least because I'm the Co-Editor-in-Chief and can push for most things that I want.
From: e4q Date: June 16th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
if i ever write anything worth a damn, you will be the first to know!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think you already have! But I won't press you. If you get the urge to reach a different audience, though, I'm here.
From: e4q Date: June 16th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
but i only write little things, and nothing political. if you think you see something i am writing that could work bigger give me a nod and i will try and work it up.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I definitely will. We aren't restricting ourselves to political pieces. Look at yesterday's by my friend Steven Rubio or even my own piece today.
From: e4q Date: June 16th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i have zero objectivity about my own writing. it's a flaw.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
One I share!
From: e4q Date: June 16th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
not just me, then? i am tempted to say "good" but it's not really!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: June 17th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Potentially interested, but I can't think about writing anything except the diss until the diss is done in August. You know I want desperately to have incisive things to say about the present...but I feel so very locked into the distant past at the moment. And I'm not sure I've ever been as up on the now as I'd like.

My friend E (of the road trip to see Sleater-Kinney and the ill-fated _Gaze_ foray) might be great for Souciant, though--especially for reviews. She never seems to run out of incisive things to say. She'll be pretty busy through summer (and possibly fall) but her shift to a day job might have her wanting to contribute to something like this. I'll ask. You can read her here: http://tropicopolitan.wordpress.com
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