“The only true currency in this bankrupt world… is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman (Almost Famous)
By Cody Klyne, Editor in chief
Déjà vu is a funny thing.
Setting out to write this, my final lettitor for the final issue of The Other Press’ 38th volume, I find myself encountering many of the same feelings I had coming into this position some 300 days ago. It’s a potent cocktail of emotions, one that is unique in its ability to evoke those prolonged moments of reflection when you’re relieved to be alone. It’s the full-bodied, savoury anticipation for what comes next; followed by that splash of bittersweet, a goodbye, reminiscent of the kind that comes hand-in-hand with leaving something you love behind. This time however, it’s a concoction served with a twist: a garnish of confidence in the future.
Your incoming editor in chief, outgoing Assistant Editor Sharon Miki, is as talented, motivated, and passionate as they come. The fact that I survived this past year was in no small part due to her constant support and unequalled editing expertise. With her at the helm, volume 39 of The Other Press will be nothing short of spectacular. Though I can’t imagine luck will have much to do with the successes to come, I wish her all the best.
If a language is a wardrobe of words, being succinct has never been a suit that has fit me without some chafing. That said, over the course of 31 issues, I think I’ve abused you with more than my fair share of run-on sentences and pretentious flexing of an antiquated vocabulary; thus, my last act will be to keep this brief.
To simply say that the last year has been an amazing opportunity for me would be an unjust slight against those who I’ve had the chance to work with, the staff and contributors of The Other Press, and you the reader. Instead, I offer a promise to carry what I’ve learned forward, and to never forget these words with friends.