…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!!)