A few years ago, I was teaching a middle school writing elective at a well-regarded summer camp for the arts. The students in this class were not primarily interested in writing: they were there as young musicians, or dancers, or studying “general arts” which usually meant their well-off parents thought it more edifying for them to draw with charcoal and write poems and create spliced-together musical theater out of the latest pop songs than to let them spend the summer watching TV and lighting matches in the backyard.
Do we remember Diogenes of Sinope? Diogenes—the Greek cynic who famously wandered around holding a lantern up to all the men he passed in the marketplace, asking them, “Hey, are you full of shit?” Yes? We remember this? Good. Because that’s essentially the plot of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Vice Films, 2014), only we’re in “Bad City,” Iran and it’s always nighttime and Diogenes has been recast as a vampire, and she—the titular “Girl” (Sheila Vand)—is dope as hell.
I’m very pleased to announce that Rachel Farrell has accepted the position of MQR Blog and Social Media Editor.
Rachel is well known at the journal, having served as an intern here while working on her MFA (Fiction, ’13) and afterward as an assistant editor. I have long appreciated and enjoyed Rachel’s intelligence, good humor, creativity, and managerial skills.
Her work has appeared in The Hairpin, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Ninth Letter, and Pank. She comes to us with considerable experience in social media, having previously served as the Senior Manager of Print and Online Media for Cision US in Chicago, a global PR and marketing company.
To have the fire in the belly means to have the drive and the desire. But it’s more than that. In terms of dance, it means the dancer must communicate the want and need to dance, embody it, and project it outward. It’s the essential thing that sets the professional apart from the amateur.
We bid farewell and offer our appreciation to Ashley David for her four and a half years of outstanding commitment and excellent service to Michigan Quarterly Review.