Editorial 27: Crush

Welcome to #27: this is the CRUSH issue.

Crush as in:

      • to press, to squeeze, to damage, to grind
      • a crowd of people pressed closely together in an enclosed space
      • a burning desire for someone
      • a painful obsession
      • a superficial attraction based on imagining a person as better than they actually are


In this issue:

Tracy Tidgwell interviews Michèle Pearson Clarke about her new photography project, It’s Good To Be Needed, rendering queernesses visible through the sadness and loss of breakups. Her latest project presents images of queer women who are ex-partners – but no longer friends – holding hands. According to Tidgwell, It’s Good To Be Needed serves as “an archive of experience that explores the powerful possibilities created through opening up to vulnerability and performing intimacy.”

Referencing Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s personal narrative “Gonna Get my Girl Body Back: This is a Work in Progress” (2002) and Keri Hulme’s novel The Bone People (1984), Ela Przybylo and Danielle Cooper ask: What might make the asexual crush queer?

Alex McClelland interviews artist Lex Vaughn on what it means to be a butch lesbian during a cultural moment when ­– as the authors argue – that identity is dying out.

James P. Ascher presents a brief essay on the nature of creepiness arguing that a two-part conception is needed: desire and insistence. It discusses these through a lens of literature and experience in sex-positive discussion groups.

NMP Editor, Mél Hogan, interviews her close friend, and academic and creative collaborator, Jacqueline Wallace. This piece is a profile of Wallace as a feminist designer-thinker.

Our next theme is REVENGE, out July 1, 2013.

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NMP comes out every 2 months online, and bit later in print-on-demand. The ARCHIVE and HAUNTED issues will be available in print shortly.

As always, huge thank-you to our copy editor, Tamara Shepherd, to all the NMP regulars, contributors past and future, and to readers and supporters of the project in so many ways.

Dear readers, we are still and always committed to bringing forward a crush-worthy and entangled journal bimonthly.

Mél Hogan & M-C MacPhee