John Henry died with a hammer in his hand fighting machines. We used them to make a magazine that peers into the unseen spaces of the world around us: dreams, pubes, municipal charities, buildings, entrails, and the human heart. We spewed our innards, like the belchings of Vesuvius, for you to look upon.
The best thing about making a magazine speedily is that it turns out extra good. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we did! Volunteers, some who had no previous experience, came together to create this project over the course of two days. The idea was to use the severe time constraint to induce creative frenzy. This publication is the result.
Last time our theme was “Untold Stories.” This year it is “Inside Out.”
At noon on Friday, February 1st, we announced the theme, along with pertinent prompts and suggestions. Over the following twelve hours, we received a diverse and extensive range of submissions. Volunteers manned and womanned a table all day in the Usdan Center, collecting short inside out tidbits from passersby. You will find the results of this endeavor scattered throughout these pages.
Sleep is for the weak.
48 Hour Magazine Project
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Shapiro Creative Writing Center
Acknowledgments: The generous support of the Shapiro Creative Writing Center and Professor Anne Greene made this project possible. The College of Letters also helped. Additional thanks to Longshot Magazine for pioneering the 48 Hour Magazine model. Most of all, this project owes its success to everyone who submitted his or her work and/or helped out along the way.