Sunday, March 4, 2018

March rez Posted

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Our March issue is dedicated to the victims of gun violence, and that includes a broad network of the victims themselves and their family members and close friends. Actually, it includes us all. It’s inspiring to hear our students ask the tough questions of our elder leaders. After all, the world is theirs to inherit, not ours. They ask, “Why can’t you fix this problem?” Their leaders, our leaders, in the face of one unspeakable tragedy after another, twist themselves in knots trying to answer that simple question. Today’s youth aren’t buying it, and they’re the electorate of tomorrow. The NRA’s tired refrain is “Guns don’t kill people - - people kill people.”  Well, that’s not exactly true.  People with guns kill people. “Why should 18-year olds be able to buy AR-15s with high capacity clips, fitted with bump stocks?”  While our leaders mumble incoherently, more of our precious treasure is slaughtered. Incomprehensibly, the NRA offers a cynical  reply - - we need more guns, as if hundreds of millions aren’t enough.  This time is different, however, with corporate sponsors challenging that twisted logic.  Enough is enough. Time to speak out or forever hold our peace. And speak out our writers did. Jullianna Juliesse vents her anger and frustration so eloquently, her words are painful to read. When Zymony Guyot tells if like it is, it hurts. Dearstluv Writer speaks of lost innocence. Cat Boccaccio writes of a gun fatality that sickens us.  But this month’s issue also includes breathtaking stories of self-discovery (Pepper Chaffe brings us a rich and lovely parable about what that light at the end of the tunnel might signify), mystery (Wu teases us with another installment of She Rezzed, leaving us on the edge of our seats), and an alternate world filled with owls and AIs (Art Blue challenges us with his vision of space, time and “presence.”) Every day we face the same challenge: we can anaesthetize ourselves to a world gone mad and numb ourselves to the suffering, or we can stand together and demand the change we so desperately need. Real power is never given - - it’s seized. rez Magazine joins with the #enough movement, stands in solidarity with high school students thrust into the middle of this debate, and makes one clear statement, however humble it might be:  enough!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February rez Published

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With January whipping by as it has, it can’t be long before New Year’s Eve! So to keep you fully stocked with good reading, the February issue is loaded with not just good writing, but filled with great pieces by some of SL’s finest writers.  We’re all incredibly busy, but if you only have a short time to devote to reading, I hope you’ll find rez perfectly suited for your needs.  We start off with one of the best parables we’ve ever printed in rez (and we’ve printed quite a few good ones over the years), a remarkable story about a forlorn gecko, written by Shyla the Super Gecko. How the Gecko Died is simply wonderful and we thought it appropriate to start off the issue with this intriguing epic poem.  Art Blue is up to his usual tricks again, taking us in and out of alternate realities in the second installment of Sand Meets Water (there’s one more coming in the March issue). Trust me. You’ll want Art with you when The Singularity comes. Cat Boccaccio has been saying more with less than anyone we know.  This month, Cat introduces us to Leep, the main character of her micro-fiction story, Peeps for Leep.  I’m hoping we’ll see more of Leep in future issues.  It’s a charming story with a surprise ending.  You all know Aorist Chunes from her fashion column in rez called The Roundabout.  But I bet you didn’t know that she is a remarkably accomplished poet.  It’s with great pride that we introduce this multi-faceted beauty’s poetry with her deeply felt and thought provoking poem, Fracas. We hope this will be the first of many from Aorist. And what can we say about Jullianna Juliesse? She keeps getting better and better, this month bringing us two of her best, the first being Sabbath Prayer, and the second being La Belle au Bois Dormant. To say that we’re grateful for her continuing contributions is an understatement. We’re much more than grateful for her prodigious talent. After too long of an absence, DonJuan Writer is back with Art!? Has Anyone Seen Art?!, taking a closer look at the creative process. Aorist Chunes’ installment this month of The Roundabout is called Families, Feudalism, and Free Markets in SL.  Aorist has a keen eye not just for fashion, but for how fashion fits in our world. Stay tuned for more fashion insights from Aorist in coming issues. Wu has been delighting us with her unpredictable but always entertaining column, She Rezzed. This month marks her sixth installment and she will leave you enchanted with her latest offering. Art Blue takes another look at the Chelsea Hotel and introduces us to a new art talent, SHTutti, in Rembrandt Meets Tutti.  Rembrandt doesn’t have anything on Tutti. So there you have it, our contribution to the arts here in SL and our gift to you, our esteemed readers. The State of the Arts, as you will read, is very strong. Jami Mills

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January rez Posted

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We’re starting 2018 off with a loud bang, bringing you some of the finest poetry and storytelling in any world, virtual or otherwise.  Who would we rather have start off the issue than the always surprising and endlessly fascinating Art Blue?  This month we feature the first of a three-part series called Sand Meets Water.  Sit back and enjoy the ride. Shyla the Super Gecko is well known in poetry circles and has allowed us to share with you her poem Snowflake Strong, about strength and perseverance. We hope to hear more from the Super Gecko in upcoming issues. And Wu also starts off the year with the fifth installment of her moody, atmospheric, and titillating series, She Rezzed.  Jullianna Juliesse discovered a sister she never knew and immediately did what any gifted poet would do - - she penned for her sister an extraordinary poem. This one is called Helix.  Aorist Chunes, who is a successful model in her own right, gives us a very interesting historical look at modeling and compensation in The History of Modeling and Monetary Compensation.  We hope she’ll be able to contribute a monthly column on the fashion industry, called The Roundabout. Cat Boccaccio, the queen of the short short story, is up to her usual brevity in Nona, a story about space and an ill-timed malfunction that causes a great deal of anxiety among the crew. Dearstluv Writer contributes a stunning plea to give the phone a rest and enjoy Nature’s bounty. To Sleep Perchance to Plagiarize is Zymony Guyot’s hilarious bebop poem about the second oldest profession - - stealing prose. And finally, RoseDrop Rust closes out our issue with a sizzling bit of heart racing erotica. And there you have it! Enjoy this month’s issue from our wellspring of talent.  See you next month.