“What is known I strip away,
I launch all men and women forward with me into the
Our five writers, ranging in age from fifteen to eighteen, examine the idea of first times in a myriad of ways: a boy’s first swim and first rebellion, a traveller’s first romance with a city, a teenager’s first (and hopefully last) encounter with an inanimate object, the first torturous heartbreak, and the first time a young woman has to reconcile her tragic past with her hopeful future. These pieces, seemingly discordant, embrace the uncertainty of first times with arms open.
Lilun Magazine itself stands arms open. This, after all, is our first time publishing a magazine and we were subsequently humbled and enriched by each step. 107 emails and many meetings later, we are thrilled with where this first time has led us. It is our sincerest hope that this issue begins to chip away at the habitual and instead postures our readers toward first times, regardless of age.