No. 2 – (Love) Letter from the Editor

We, the writers and editors of Paper Saint, have been at this for a few months now. We’ve cleared the launch stage and are well on our way to delivering something fresh and new to our readers. We hope you’re enjoying this journey as much as we are.

Whenever I’m having a conversation about Paper Saint, I’m often asked two questions: “Tell me about the name,” and “What’s the focus of your content?” If you were around when we started back in July, you might remember hearing about Flat Stanley, the inspiration for our name. The more important story is the one about our content.

When we started down this path, one of our primary tenets was to enlighten readers by telling stories that expose them to new ways of thinking about something or someone. One way we do this is through the perspective that “You’re not just one thing.” You are not your job. You are not your relationship. You’re not just a chef or a musician you can be both, as well as a basketball player and vintage boutique owner. These layers are what make our lives interesting. As they say, “Variety is the spice of life.” But I’m constantly surprised by how many people expect me to say that we’re about food, or that we’re all about music. It’s just not that simple. Life isn’t that simple. People aren’t that simple. And that’s what we love about Paper Saint. We’re not trying to simplify anything. And we think that’s what you love about us.

With February coming, and all its fuzzy, Valentine expectations, I started thinking about this notion of our content and its focus. I can’t explain how or why these two notions (Valentine’s Day and Paper Saint’s focus) collided for me, but as we’ve already established – people are complicated.

As we are working with our writers and preparing stories for February, I think you’ll find that what is coming your way will follow in this tradition of duality and complexity. But if you dig a bit deeper, I think you’ll see there is an undercurrent of love in each of the stories. I wouldn’t go so far as to describe it as an official theme for February. But for those readers who are constantly looking for connections, it may seem hard to find those connections this month, which is why I encourage you to consider these stories through the lens of love.

For me, the stories that are coming in February are about love in all its ooey, gooey forms as well as the darker, tougher forms. They’re about love of tradition, love for friends, love for self, and love for the things that remind us of our youth. Love takes from us just as much as it gives. It’s funny and silly and sad and ugly. It’s up to you to dig deeper and discover what love is trying to tell you or show you. After all, isn’t that the point of life?

Enjoy the stories this February, and I hope you find what you’re looking for.

 

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-Kelly Koeppel, Editor in Chief