THE EDITOR WRITES:Which is worse: too much reality, or not enough? The actual, the present tense, landing on you like a grand piano – or the sensation that meaning itself is being degraded and washed away by the forces of illusion? At the moment we seem to be experiencing both. The current political vortex, if not quite a theme in January’s Pilgrim, is certainly a recurring concern. It’s a concern everywhere, of course, but at this magazine we’ve got the edge: Pilgrim writers have always been uniquely positioned for social commentary, and uniquely attuned to the psychic currents that run behind the everyday world. So whatever the subject matter – whether it’s the subliminal crackle of fear detected by Benton Bernard when he enters a room, or the dystopic TV series reviewed by Margaret Miranda, or Sean Croft’s ruthless self-examination, or the unexpected (but indigenous) visitor to Kevin Walker’s campsite – with this issue we are most definitely and irreversibly in 2017. Renew your subscription NOW.
We welcome to our pages Robert, Pat, Barbara Ann, John Henderson, Paul Massop, Lori Anne Cinquegrano, Michael Damario, Sarah Ford, Kerry McGuirl and Rich Smith, and we rejoice in the return of Gizzmo and – from long distance – our friend Katie Schultz.