Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Analog Sea Review -- AN OFFLINE JOURNAL

I was enjoying this new journal so much, I recently took it instead of my laptop to the coffee shop. It's the best literary journal I've read in years, maybe ever, and I've read hundreds from 13 countries. I read it from cover to cover.

The  excerpt "They Would Always Touch the Earth" by Trebbe Johnson, "Persistience of Memory" by Carl Sagan, interview / work by filmmaker Patrick Shen ( In Pursuit of Silence trailer below), and "From the Editor" note by Jonathan Simons elevated the journal to the top of my morning list. I'm grateful to have a poem in this inaugural issue alongside work by Mary Oliver, Leonard Cohen, Thomas Merton,  E. M. Forster, Antonio Machado, and others. South Korean-born German author and philosopher Byung-Chul Han's essay "Vita Contemplativa" will spark thinking in my Honors Climate Change Poetry Seminars.  Han wrote, "Thinking, in the emphatic sense, cannot be accelerated at will. That is where it differs from calculating or from the pure use of the understanding. It often moves in roundabout ways [ . . . .] Calculating does not look around either. For it, a detour or a step back do not make sense." As Leonard Cohen said, "Amen."

I like the editors' idea of sending people offline as a healthy balance in our increasingly techno-lives. The journal is carried in bookstores in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and here in the United States so even though it's offline, it gets noticed.  You can write to get one at the Austin, TX or Freiburg, Germany addresses below, or find one in these bookstores:

Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore
413 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Kramerbooks & Afterwords
1517 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009

Amherst Books
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Grolier Poetry Bookshop
6 Plympton Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Square Books
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655

RiverRun Bookstore
32 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Buffalo Street Books
215 N. Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY 14850

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Burke’s Book Store
936 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

I left a copy in the office of my amazing healer / chiropractor Dr Nao at Holistic Family Care in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Editor / Publisher Jonathan Simons wrote "You are welcome also to include our Austin mailing address and to invite your readers to send us a letter should they want us to post to them a copy of our current bulletin."

Analog Sea
PO Box 11670
Austin, TX 78711
United States

Analog Sea
Basler Strasse 115
79115 Freiburg

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