It might seem slightly strange, that for our first issue, we decided to look back instead of forward. But in recalling those hazy, romantic dreamscapes of our past, we have found that this is not looking back — this is remembering. This is where memory and imagination meet. This is where our dreams and reality intersect and combine, bringing memories — real or imagined — to life. This, dear readers, is nostalgia.
Colors, sounds and smells begin to arrange themselves in front of me: a group of teenagers in 1974 playing records to each other over the phone; a man in a slim grey suit, running to catch a train in India. These, of course, are not my own memories, but that’s what nostalgia allows: the ability to long for not only my past, but places I’ve never visited and people I’ve never met, or sometimes, have never even existed. Nostalgia is not of something that once was, but of something that could have been. Realism always gives way to fantasy.
In this issue we continually ask ourselves: Who are the people who present a world that doesn’t exist, only to make it real? And who are the people who present the world just as it is, only to render it fiction?
A note on Issue28: Nostalgia and its ties with our obsessive need to archive (and the internet’s ability to let us do so), can serve as a metaphor for the site itself. Issue28 exists somewhere between the permanency of the compelling artists that are invited to speak to the issues of our time, and yet the pieces they create for Issue28 will only exist in the present, disappearing as each new theme is introduced from month to month.
Are our experiences — those lived and of the things we’ve read, watched and interacted with — worth the same weight in the present if we cannot archive them, catalogue them away neatly so that their inherent newness can give way to that familiar and comforting feeling of the old?
Issue28 is, above all, a dialogue. And as you can see we will most likely be left with more questions than answers each month. But we welcome the abstract, for it continues to let us to make believe in real life.
– Aliyah Shamsher, Editor-in-Chief, February 1, 2014