Letter from the Editor

Babe Ruth. The American legend was born in 1897 in a neighborhood of Baltimore known as Pigtown. Abandoned by his parents to an orphanage at age seven, Babe Ruth is our kind of hero. A hero who sits on the side-lines, stuffing his face with two hot-dogs and a beer before getting up to bat and hitting the ball; hitting it harder and better than anyone.

When asked what books he liked to read, the famous hitter responded with “Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.” It may sound oxymoronical to name an issue after such a figure. It is. And it may sound pretentious to christen a magazine issue after an all-star-American-home-run-hero. It is. I make no excuses.

We carefully selected the stories in our inaugural issue among many choice submissions. Our reading judges deliberated over scores and scores of authors in order to arrive at the 17 authors we have selected today.

Here’s to you Bambino–go ahead and have 17 home-run pieces of fiction. Some of us still remember.
-Mike Joyce, Editor-in-Chief