The Winter issue of Dialogue (Volume 43, Number 4, for those of you keeping score at home) is up on the website, and will be in mailboxes soon. There are lots of things I really like about this issue, starting with the cover, which is one of my favorites so far. (I think I say that every time).
I started to write about articles I especially like, but then realized I’m like a mother who can’t pick a favorite among her children. I do think this is a particularly wide-ranging issue, and I suspect there’s something there for everyone (or at least for that subset of everyone that includes thinky Mormons who like math, scriptural studies, rhetoric, fiction about a snorkeling stake president and a quilting group, family history, Wales and little boys named Evan, slightly racy stories about apostles’ sons, poetry about Joseph Smith, poetry by noted national authorcolumnistcriticblogger Lizzie Skurnick, an interview by goofy, starstruck me with renowned novelist Brady Udall, a fat, satisfying heap of book reviews, or a great sermon in Spanish–a Dialogue first).
I’m biased, of course, because your subscriptions and donations support my diet Coke habit, but I think Dialogue does important work and makes a necessary space for the kinds of heady, lengthy conversations about Mormonism that the Bloggernacle, for all its virtues, cannot replace. I’d like Dialogue to be around for another 43 volumes, at least, and it’s your contributions–of your work, your attention, and your ziff–that will make that possible.