drDOCTOR, a weekly podcast, reading series and monthly web publication created by MFA alumni Mila Jaroniec, Sam Farahmand and Luke Wiget, has some exciting news for 2017.
The group recently announced it is making its way to print. drDOCTOR’s debut literary magazine, the 80-page drDOCTOR Vol. 1, is set for publication on February 5, 2017, and will contain a stunning lineup of experimental work from established and emerging writers and artists.
"After several years of approaching literature through sound - recording authors reading their writing and interviewing authors about reading their writing - we wanted to make something that resonated with the reader on a more intimate level,” the drDOCTOR team told us. “In a way, it's a backwards approach; who really needs another lit mag? But we have something special and different, and it's been a privilege and a challenge putting it in a form you can hold in your hands."
Calling itself “the much-needed antidote to the homogenous lit mag tradition, emphasizing quality over quantity and profundity over pomp” drDOCTOR will include work from Darcey Steinke, Amy Kurzweil, John Reed, Eric Dean Wilson, Amy Leigh Wicks, Sarah Lyn Rogers, and more.
In addition, drDOCTOR Vol. 1 will exclusively feature The Raw Tapes, the unedited, never-before-seen conversation between Kurt Cobain and Darcey Steinke, in a 36-page transcription of the original 1993 recording adapted for SPIN Magazine. Meandering through dreams, music, art and love, from Seattle diner to 4-a.m. living room, the thoughts of artist-turned-legend in his own words are a must-read for the literature enthusiast and Nirvana superfan alike.
“We knew what kind of work we wanted to publish, so we asked a couple authors we liked if they had anything they'd consider sending and then we opened up Submittable and waited for the world to surprise us. And it did,” drDOCTOR continued. “Once we started accepting pieces, we noticed the connective threads; the way they all spoke to each other and to the idea we wanted to project. After that, it was a matter of arranging them in a way that allowed them to tell their story.”
As this is the first print run, the doctors are relying on preorders to bring drDOCTOR Vol. 1 to life – and, as the print run is limited, preorders are encouraged. $15 gets you a magazine with free shipping on release day.
Here’s a sneak peek into drDOCTOR Vol. 1:
Excerpts from Darcey Steinke's "Slow Train Coming: A Rock and Roll Adulthood":
"For awhile in the little apartment I rented in Fort Greene, Brooklyn I played my Elvis CDs and the blues, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Lemon Jefferson, but mostly I listened to Dylan’s then-new record Time Out of Mind. Its darkness appealed to me; I felt it was the musical equivalent of St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul. Dylan understood how for a particular kind of person romantic abandonment and Godly desertion are impossible to separate. “Trying to Get to Heaven” impressed me as a spiritual breakthrough. Dylan wasn’t sanctimonious, and he could now inhabit that plane of raw vulnerability that is the closest thing we humans have to a conduit to God."
"I was a minister’s daughter heavily influenced by the Bible’s rhythms and by the church’s liturgy. My father’s embroidered robes and jeweled crucifixes reminded me of KISS. I just assumed that the artifice, which I knew to be fundamental to religion, was also the main component of rock and roll. Music stars, dead or alive, those I saw in magazines or on television – Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger – all seemed impenetrable to me. Their tie-dye and swagger seemed like an aesthetic phenomenon ratherthan a musical one. My experience of rock was as an essentially camp medium. I saw rock with quotation marks around it, or as Susan Sontag has said, “as the glorification of instant character.”
Excerpts from The Raw Tapes: Kurt Cobain:
"Maybe I should talk about some positive dreams too. I'll think about it while we're talking because I don't want to make it seem like, I'm so tired of this image of me being this helpless, you know, this totally helpless, ready to commit suicide neurotic, freaked out."
"I've always felt that music is used as a tool. I mean I know this is a cliché, but music is a tool that people use to get together. And their main objective when getting together is to see who they can fuck or how drunk they can get, and it's an excuse for people to gather, and you don't find people going to a club to read a book.”
"I'll never be convinced that there are enough people on this planet who really like music for music's sake. They're not really music lovers. It's still just really easy to get into ears."