Previous editions of my yearly fundraising letter have argued that a journal like Dappled Things needs to exist in order to enrich and revitalize contemporary culture. I stand by those words, yet it’s clear to me now that such statements suggested, however vaguely, some sort of plan to transform society one short story at a time. As one of our most recent features puts it, “‘beauty will save the world’ has become a well-loved cliché.” If anyone was still under the impression that any such scheme could succeed, 2016 should have put those illusions to rest.
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