At its best, doubt keeps us from making mistakes. At its worst, doubt keeps us from doing exactly what we want to do. When in doubt, the theme of our second issue, pushes readers, writers, and thinkers into that uncomfortable space between the doing of something and the not doing.
Mandy Chen stops us in our tracks with When In Doubt, Check the Weather. It’s hard to imagine that such sophisticated word magic, such apt metaphors for metaphysical ennui, could come from a sixteen year old. But it's real. Just read it. Ilse Stacklie-Vogt takes us on a run up a mountain, around words, through Blavet’s Sonata No. 4 in her poem Give In. Knox Cornell doubts the strength of a relationship in I Don’t Know What I’m Doing (haven’t we all been there?) and Amber Page sheds doubt like skin in her poem My Bright Side. Jana Hemmersmeier and Emma J Nelson wrestle self doubt in their respective stories, Snakes and Out She Came. Olivia Lufkin’s Epoch Undone unravels doubts about family through a conversation between mother and daughter. The Lady I See on Bus 6 by Alexandra Rodrigo introduces us to a woman we all know and Who by Meili Gong paints a faint memory of a feeling unnamed–a sensation of longing and mystery. These pieces, unlike a bad friend, do not offer up pithy maxims. They invite you to sit with them in that space of the doing and not doing, the space of doubt. Without a doubt, we are in awe of these pieces and the young writers who created them.
When in doubt, read.
When in doubt, write.
When in doubt, know that you are not alone.
We are pleased to present to you the Spring 2018 issue of Lilun Magazine.
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