Coming Soon

nathancover …to a mailbox near you!

The Spring 2009 issue of Dialogue is in the mail. You should first judge its cover–the artwork is by Dialogue’s new Art Director, Nathan Florence, and it’s beautiful. He also designed the new logo. I try studiously not to have an opinion about such things, because I’m completely ignorant of principles of design, but I’m interested in your (undoubtedly erudite) opinions.

There’s some good stuff inside, too. Because Dialogue has a long production cycle, this is our first chance to cover the release of Massacre at Mountain Meadows, and, as befits such an important publishing event, we’ve devoted a good chunk of paper to it. First, all of the participants in the September roundtable discussion of the book at the Salt Lake City Library gave permission for their remarks to be published, and I’m delighted to have it in print for Dialogue readers who live far from SLC. Bloggernacle readers will remember J. Stapley and Brad Kramer’s review–an expanded and revised version appears in the reviews section, along with one by Robert Goldberg, the Director of the Tanner Humanities Center of the University of Utah. There’s also a review of Shannon Novak’s intriguing archeological study of the site of the massacre, by Times and Seasons contributor Patricia Karamesines. (Another bloggernacle connection, not MMM-related: DMI Dave contributes a pithy book review). By sheer coincidence, two other articles, by Todd Compton and Bill MacKinnon, deal with Mormon-Indian relations and the Utah War, and add some richness to the context of the MMM discussion.

There’s also a nifty little piece on the media’s accuracy (and lack thereof) in distinguishing between the LDS Church and the FLDS Church during the Texas incident last spring. The authors’ theoretical model for dealing with this question challenges (very politely :)) the concept of “optimum tension” with the surrounding society that Armand Mauss used in his important book, The Angel and the Beehive.

There’s a little prose jewel by up-and-coming Mormon writer Ryan McIlvaine, who may be the first writer published in the Paris Review and Dialogue in the same year. And there’s a not-at-all short story by Michael Fillerup, which is good enough to justify the extra postage required to mail a fatter issue. Between those two is sandwiched some excellent poetry.

Kate Holbrook’s lovely meditation on a text of Simone Weil and the richness of the small moments that make a Mormon life serves as benediction (and marks the return of the From the Pulpit section of the journal).

I’ll be interested in your responses–post them here, or send them to editor at dialoguejournal small round punctuation com. The Dialogue website is also under construction, and we’re interested in your wishlist for the new site, as well. (But don’t say anything about the single-page pdfs at the U of U archive site–we know, we know!!)


  1. Steve Evans says:

    The cover is lovely, Kristine.

  2. Sounds like a very strong issue, Ms. Editor. Congrats!

  3. John Hamer says:

    It looks beautiful and it sounds great! (And I always judge books by their covers.)

  4. Kevin Barney says:

    I appreciate the well justified pride in the birth of your firstborn issue. It looks terrific! I’ll await it with anticipation.

  5. I liked the updated look.

    If I subscribe to the electronic edition do I get access to this issue or does it not start until the next issue?

  6. I like the logo. Looks kind of retro.

  7. Not to be snotty, but by logo do you all mean typeface?

  8. Aaron Brown says:

    Wow, the Bloggernacle really has taken over Dialogue, hasn’t it? When shall we assimilate Meridian? Resistance is futile. I look forward to it.

    I look forward to the new issue, as well.


  9. The Futura font is retro, but it also recalls different DIALOGUE mastheads back in an era when the look was first in style. It looks like the first instance was 1968 (Vol. III No. 2), and continued (with variations) until 1983 (Vol. 17 No. 1), when a style that was current (with variations) up until the last issue of 2008 was adopted.

  10. Molly Bennion says:

    Wm Morris, Just specify you want it to start with Spring 2009. Welcome aboard.
    Congrats, Kristine! Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  11. Last Lemming says:

    When shall we assimilate Meridian?

    Quickly. Please. Before it assimilates my mother.

  12. I love Nathan’s artwork, the new editor has much to be proud of, and I of course have a soft spot for the benedictatrix. Congrats, Kristine, for on your great work.

  13. Wm Morris Says: “If I subscribe to the electronic edition do I get access to this issue or does it not start until the next issue?”

    Whenever you subscribe electronically, you get full access to all issues since 2003, which is when we started using Metapress to host electronic subscriptions. I like the electronic subscription because I can easily print off entire articles.

  14. Kristine,
    Last night while waiting for a child’s school activity to start, from the new issue I read Michael Fillerup’s “In a Better Country.”
    I (of course) disliked the main character (for his ugly theology and his arrogant parochialism), and I very much liked the article.
    Thanks for the good read.

  15. Thanks Stirling and Molly!

  16. I absolutely love the new typeface. Like John Hamer points out, it recalls an earlier style. Graphic design in general suffered horribly through much of the late 80’s and 90’s, so it’s nice to see the journal, along with other publications, return to something that looks and feels much more authentic, uncomplicated, and simplified.

    I really can’t wait to have this one on my shelf.

  17. CJ Douglass says:

    The cover is simple and bold. A nice upgrade. It really is beautiful. Can’t wait til it comes!

  18. I want that so much right now!

  19. gorgeous cover! can’t wait for it to show up in my mailbox!!

  20. Congrats, Kristine. The issue looks solid, and I quite like the new logo.

  21. Yay for Nathan!! Yay for Kristine!!

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