As I've been chatting with many of you about Wild and the Kickstarter campaign, I get even more excited about it. Plus, I'm finding that I'm not the only one who thinks that print media is actually alive and growing in a different way, a more surprising way, that it ever has - as opposed to the notion that "print is dead."
I like to think of it this way: when I download an album from iTunes, (are they still called albums if they are digital?) and I really love it, I play it all the time in my car, when I'm walking Oliver, when I'm sweeping the floors, when I'm writing... I play it so much that when I come across the vinyl version of it - I simply must have it. There is something about holding the "physical thing" in my hands.
Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience and space saving that digital media brings. And digitally speaking, this is where I find so much new work because we have the technology and the unlimited access.
But I love holding the real book, being able to lend it to a friend or wrap it up as a gift. As a writer, it's gratifying to see my name in print, to feel the cover, to smell the paper. Am I going overboard here? I don't really "collect" things or have collections of things. Maybe this is what I collect: Stories that are meaningful to me.
Wild, is all about promoting storytelling and art. What better way to honor our storytellers and artists than printing the quarterly?!