How rare has it become to find a story you love outside of a book these days? The kind that feels a little like a conversation with the writer? The kind that stays with you for a while? How long has it been since a story inspired wonder and delight? Between 9gag and hard news, in a world of infinite scrolling feeds, there are, hidden in plain sight, stories that do not get the audience they deserve -- narratives that bridge the personal and political, that are too tender, too quirky, too candid, too far outside to fit in the neat slots defined by mainstream media.
But how do we bring these voices together? How do we best celebrate the craft of writing and the pursuit of beautiful storytelling? We create something that will do it for us.
This, above, was our mandate for a new independent magazine -- a little something we call ‘Parenthesis’ -- that we launch today.
In keeping with its identity as an online monthly magazine, we’ve adopted a ‘rolling’ model of publication. In an issue, stories will be released in a staggered manner across the month, instead of all at once. Issues will, however, be archived as monthly collections. Cover pages and art (yes, we will have covers!) too will be a monthly affair.
So where do we go from here? The first story goes live the day after tomorrow, on December 6! In the meantime, head over to our official instagram page @parenthesis.co. The website too is up and running and counting down the hours till its first publication. Link in bio!