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Our regularly scheduled comic will be interrupted today. My apologies. Well, no. I’m not sorry, just like Susan Woodring.
The thing is, I was having trouble coming up with something funny. All I keep thinking about is the global refugee crisis, Dark Money from the Koch brothers, the poisoned Flint residents, rent money, stupid-ass politics, my son’s math project and how I’m going to have to remember how to do algebra, cold weather, a thousand other things, and creating something that really matters.
I spend little time with the television, but do turn on Netflix sometimes, and the other day I found an old movie I liked called Playing by Heart with an all-star cast including Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Phillipe, Gillian Anderson and more. Angelina’s character brings up that quote:
“Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.”
A nod to the similar: talking about music…the almost comic futility in that quote puts front and center the whys about the ideas of creating, purpose, and the indescribable connections that we make with visual art, music, writing, dancing and all their companions.
The movie ends with a song by Ed Kowalczyk from the band Live, and Neneh Cherry called ‘Walk Into This Room’ that is an invitation to connect through, across, because of, in spite of–everything. Ed sings near the end:
Now take my hand, and open the door…
It’s the beauty of vulnerability. An allowing. Trust.
I’m really proud to have the opportunity to contribute what I can to Change Seven, and do my best to help represent the grand vision the editors, Sheryl Monks and Antonios Maltezos, have developed in this fantastic literary magazine. They have truly opened the door with outstanding contributors and columnists, along with their own sensational writing as well, by publishing work that matters— and I’m eagerly anticipating the debut of the next issue.
The purpose of the weekly comic has been to bring a bit of frivolity and diversity within our blog, through a quirky and imperfect lens. It will continue to evolve and wander, in conjunction with what we are About.
In the meantime, stay tuned for much more to come. In our efforts to continue to grow and embrace a thriving and interactive literary community at the magazine, we always welcome your comments as we strive to connect, explore a diversity of voices, and produce work with purpose. Thank you for reading and sharing. Sending smiles.
Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story, “I Am the Eggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, and the spectrum of sexuality. Her twitter username is @laurels_idea.