Notice something different about post- this week? Happenstance led us to discover that the first ever post- Magazine was published in 1973 under our previous name Fresh Fruit, making this year our 50th year in print.* We now publish online, in color, and with distinct sections, but beyond that, it is surprising how very little things have changed at all. Sure, our sex column isn’t what it used to be (it’s non-existent), and we are more pre-professional than college-publication (okay, a lot has changed) but having history does a lot to immortalize the little things we do now. Another tribe of sleep-deprived students sat in a cramped little room for hours on end fixing the dangling participles and vocalizing their stance on word choice, choosing to spend their time on something that at times seems trivial and thankless. I often wonder why people keep showing up, though I do have an inkling, having shown up myself.
In Feature, the writer discusses friendships, divulging all the best parts of childhood—that of unbounded joy—and depth one can reach in college friendships. In Narrative, one writer talks about accepting the love we think we deserve, from familial to first loves. In another, the writer (me, sorry) reflects on growing up in metropolises and how different it is from Providence and New England, an area surrounded by hikes, nature, and the slow life. In A&C, post- managing editors write a piece about our exposure to art and music in Providence. Stories range from memories one's had while enjoying art, a recommendation from friends, or both. Another piece in A&C looks into adaptations of The Great Gatsby since it was released into the public domain (ever wanted to enjoy the content of The Great Gatsby in full alphabetical order?). In Lifestyle, the author reflects on moments at Brown that might be considered embarrassing and why she has come to embrace cringe in all its forms. Another writer speaks on the intricacies of sibling dynamics and the personality traits that often accompany older, younger, middle, and only children. And don’t forget our crossword, Winter (break) is coming, that will provocatively ask you to think of something one suckles on.
To think it’s all circular is quite comforting—we can wander however much we want and not get too lost. Or is it naive to think of it like that? What I know for sure is that these publications are made up of people. Whether it is post- or the BDH, it all goes on because readers like yourself pick it up, and writers like the ones inside these pages have things to say. This is my last ever editor’s note at post- and it’s hard not to get mawkish, so I will try to make it simple: Read post-! This magazine changed my life.
*That’s a little white lie; read our little historical record (pre-, pg.1) for more information!