You Should Read This: “Edgy Stuff” from the Edge Effects digital magazine
Graduate students from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Culture, History, and the Environment produce a digital magazine called Edge Effects. The most recent issue features recommendations by editorial staff members and provides a good point of entry to a resource that offers much of value. You really should read this.
None of us can really concentrate on one “subject” any more and hope to speak to important issues outside a limited specialty. Edge Effects makes a virtue of this necessity, offering a variety of essay forms addressing a wealth of particular topics. There’s something here for the subject that you know you’re interested in, as well as something that will spark a previously-unimagined connection.
The writing is accessible to nonspecialists, and arises from learning and reflection rather than always responding to the latest “issue of the day.” For me, work such as Edge Effects offers the highest promise of the land grant university: writing that addresses the interested and reflective public and that offers new perspectives, ideas, and connections among seemingly-disconnected subjects.