I’m kicking off a month of gratitude with an expression of thanks to all the readers of Big Other. Thanks so much for checking in daily, weekly, monthly, occasionally, or whatever. As writers, as artists, we often make things, necessarily, for most of us, I would guess, in solitude, and while that sometimes results in the realization of something that, at best, is amazing, or, at worst, gives some semblance of meaning, amidst meaninglessness, it can still get lonesome, so I’m thankful that I have a place I can come to, where I can write about things I’m thinking about, things I’m enjoying, things I’m annoyed about, a place where people are reading what I’m writing, and sometimes even responding. I really appreciate the dialogue. So, thank you!
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.