I did a bad thing. An ad at my uni wanted editors for a new student journal about "modern literary theory". Unfortunately, most of the submissions are recycled first year essays, and are of monumentally shite quality. They're simply boring to read. No originality, transgression or wit.
I'm a philosophy major, but have a strong background in English lit. Any suggestions on how to save this endevour, or should I just abandon ship? I'm thinking of steering it towards a focus on Tao Lin (kek).
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Go fucking balls out and say that. Post it on the group or email list or something. Say they're boring , unoriginal and safe.
That's if you aren't getting paid. If you are, then roll with the punches, correct the spelling and move on.
Look, it you think they're shite, they'll be thinking the same thing. If not they'll probably agree with you. If you're the head editor (headitor?) I suppose you can have a say, if not, get in touch with whoever is in charge and say something. This is one of those maturing points people talk about when they've been to university.
Plus, you could probably talk about it in a job interview.
I'm doing it mostly for the resume perks. That, and because I like modern literature, I guess. I'm deputy editor, but the person in charge seems fairly content with the current direction.
I just need to find some way to broaden their horizons beyond that of the undergrad-tier canon. I used Tao Lin as an example in jest, but frankly he'd be a better choice than more Angela Carter or Conrad.
I'm a mediocre writer, and I'm trying to do just that. It'd be a tad embarrasing if I get rejected by myself though, so I'm being careful to preserve my pride.
But that doesn't mean I can't be a harsh critic, does it now.