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We’ve got Music in our Hearts

 

Hello!

Here at Four Foxes summer is in full swing.  We’ve been getting a wonderful response to our website, and the submissions are trickling in every day.  Thank you to all who have submitted, supported (through word and deed), and shared your enthusiasm for Four Foxes.  Please keep it up, we want to reach as many people as possible in the central Maine area!  We will be accepting submissions until next March, so there is plenty of time for you to get some work together and submit.  If you are interested in helping with the magazine in any way, please email me: editor@fourfoxesmagazine.org.  I would love to talk with you about it.  I hope you are all going swimming, feeling sun on your bare skin, spending time with the people you love, and basking in the glory of August in Maine.  Be well!

Shane shanebillingsMalcolm Billings, Four Foxes founding board member, librarian, and all around nicest guy you’ll ever meet, has spent some of his summer listening to music.  His love of musicians and his commitment to cultivating a true appreciation for music have always inspired me.  He was kind enough to guest blog some reviews for his top picks of the season.

Music Reviews

by Shane Malcolm Billings

Lights Out by Iingridmichaelsonngrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson scored new heights with her previous album, 2012’s Human Again. With Lights Out, released this past May, she has managed something even better! Michaelson’s music has always struck a balance between light quirkiness and serious contemplation, but with her recent music, she seems to have landed more firmly in the latter category. Opening track “Home” contains a front and center vocal performance that is simultaneously comforting and somber. Lead single “Girls Chase Boys” follows, and it’s virtually impossible not to sing along. In the album’s middle section, “Time Machine” busts out of the speakers like a force of nature, while the catchy “One Night Town,” a duet with Matt Nathanson, is an energetic burst of light, before the album settles into darker territory in its final third. “Stick,” a song in which Michaelson asks a former lover whether or not any part of her remains with him, is arguably the best song of her career to date. Ingrid’s voice shines throughout this cd.

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Unrepentanttoriamos Geraldines by Tori Amos

The release of a new CD by Tori Amos is always a huge deal for the fans who have followed her creative muse over the past two decades. Unrepentant Geraldines, her fourteenth full length studio album, came out in May to rave reviews. Tori hasn’t received such unanimous praise from the music critics since 2002’s Scarlet’s Walk. Unrepentant Geraldines finds the singer-songwriter in reflective mode, exorcising very different demons at 50 than she did at 30. It’s refreshing to see an artist accept a new phase in her life, and to legitimize it with beautiful songs, rather than try to pretend she is at the same place, perpetually stuck at 30 years old. Some of this album’s songs, including the mournful “Weatherman” and the multi-layered title track, rank among the finest of Amos’s career. What is astounding, even more than the always adept piano playing, is the pristine quality of her voice, and the high notes that she hits with seemingly no effort at all. Best moment: “Oysters,” an emotionally gripping ballad that sounds like it could have been on Under the Pink.

 

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 “Like so many others in this century I found myself a displaced person shortly after birth and have been looking half my life for a place to take my stand. Now that I have found it, I must defend it.”

-Edward Abbey

I wanted to be a writer once. Novels. Short stories. Something.  So I wrote a lot, and I read a lot of books, and I submitted short stories to a lot of literary magazines. I started doing this in earnest after Stephen Kind told me to, in On Writing, one of his finest books. I had a dog eared Writer’s Market, and I checked out sites on the internet, and mailed in a lot of stuff. Then I started to read the literary journals I was submitting to. I sensed that I was missing something. And it was then that I realized that not all writers come from MFA programs, and thank God, as these journals were pretentious, and made for terrible reading. And I learned what Academia meant. And I walked away from the whole scene a bit bored and jaded. I should make my own literary magazine, I grumbled… And so it began.

Well, the role of art is transcendence.

-Chris Hedges

I started writing blogs and hubs. And it was satisfying.  With the click of a button people could read my work. But despite some ineffectual attempts to make money off my writing I realized it wasn’t to be so.  Not the way I was doing it. And I read a great book by Chris Hedges, Death of the Liberal Class, in which he discusses (among other things) the serious problem of creative ownership in writing, journalism, and the visual arts because of a) the internet, and b) corporate monopolies.  They use art as bait!  Often times people are working for pennies, while large sites rake in collective earnings off of thousands of people’s hard work.  It seemed a mirror image of the work I was doing for corporations while being paid minimum wage.  This was enlightening, and I saw evidence of it in my own tepid dip in the creative internet pool.  Capitalists do not value art, or people. It’s outrageous. But it’s created by a broken system. What more could you expect.  There needed to be another way.

I don’t know a lot of people. I am an introverted soul who can usually be found outside with my dog in the middle of the day, if I am to be found at all. But of the people I do know, there are so many outstanding artists and writers.  And I want to celebrate that, I think that is incredibly important. And when I travel around central Maine, my favorite place in the world (!!) I find so many exciting pockets of coolness, sitting off the beaten path.  I want to create a forum for amazing work.  A real magazine that anyone could realistically submit to, get published in, read with interest, and look forward to.  Whether you’re 10 or 100, wealthy or poor, regardless of where you sleep at night, or what you do, or who you know, this magazine is for you.


 The Name

The four foxes represent Truth, Beauty, Light and Dark.  They appeared to me this winter, in a sense, and were totems, leading me into some pretty intense inner worlds, and through to a slow, but beautiful, Spring.


I know that if people throw in on this magazine it will be awesome. I know it for a fact. I’ve already seen it in my mind’s eye, clear as day. And it is a publication that is exciting, unexpected, moving, and built completely by and for the people I live with. Here. In Maine.

I have spent a lchildress maineot of time searching.  Trying to find meaning in life.  Over time I found that the things that mattered to me, the things that I truly valued, were right in front of me, sitting neglected in the corner, while I chased ghosts and illusions.  When I turned my time, energy, and attention towards what mattered to me, and away from what other people valued, life became simpler, richer, and better. It is in this spirit that I am starting this magazine.  Please join me!

 

Update:

  • We are rolling out an open call for submissions now through March 1st 2015.
  • This summer we will be traveling around distributing flyers and talking to people about the magazine.  If you’re interested in meeting with us or having flyers at your business/organization please contact me, editor@fourfoxesmagazine.org.
  • The website is up and running thanks to Dan Audet and our IT team 😉  We’ve been getting great feedback.
  • Submissions are coming in!
  • We are still plugging away on our 1023 form.

Thank you for your interest in Four Foxes.  Please submit often, share this site, and be well!

Eryne Thibeau
Founder & Editor

 

Hello!  Greetings!  Welcome!  My name is Eryne.  What you’re looking at here is Four Foxes’ website, and specifically the first blog post for the Four Foxes’ website.  You’re in on the ground floor.

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Four Foxes is a non-profit literary magazine based in Hallowell, Maine, that celebrates and promotes the writing and visual art of the people of Central Maine.  We do this through publication of said work in a print only magazine (this website is not a digital magazine, the magazine is paper only, and hasn’t been printed yet!).  This magazine is going to be pretty damn exciting.  And you are going to want to be a part of it.  A great way of doing that would be to check out this site.  It has Submission guidelines, information about who we are and what we’re doing in the community, and in the very near future you’ll be able to subscribe to our magazine and make donations to help cover our printing costs.  So please take a moment to look around, subscribe to our blog for email notification of new posts, and like and follow us on Facebook.  This way you can track the fox.

Nuts & Bolts


What have we been up to these past months?

We created a facebook page, and a website with an interactive blog (you’re looking at it).

We established submission guidelines and an editorial mission statement.

We formed a board.

We are currently filing for 501(c)(3) status.  This would allow our nonprofit magazine to function as an IRS approved non-profit organization.  This is important for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, we want to protect the artists we hope to publish.  One of the unfortunate results of the World Wide Web, and corporate monopolies, is that artists and writers are not valued, and their work is exploited to make money for other people.  This is not what we are about, not at all.  No one working for/with this magazine, or any one person affiliated with this magazine, will be making money off of the blood, sweat, and tears of the people contributing their work to Four Foxes.  This publication is about promoting and celebrating, not capitalizing.  We also will be needing funding to cover things like printing costs, website maintenance, events, etc.  We will be selling ad space, magazine subscriptions, and seeking donations.  As a non-profit we can do this with government sanctioned ease, and we can pass that ease on to those donating, as they will be able to write off their donations as charitable.  We can also seek grants and alternative funding avenues like Indiegogo and other crowd funding platforms as a nonprofit organization.  It will open a lot of doors to us as a magazine, and it is entirely in the feeling of what we are hoping to do.

We have created informative flyers which we will be distributing to various hotspots around Central Maine.  Have an idea about that or want to help?  See our Community page.

We are receiving images and written work everyday!  This is very exciting!!

What We Need


We need short stories, poetry, essays, reviews, memoir excerpts, comics, drawings, paintings, photographs, and images of pottery/sculpture.  See submissions.

We need guest bloggers, and people willing to pass out flyers, talk with creative folk in your community and tell them about us, and we need art to feature on our website and blog.  Contact me for more information or if interested : editor@fourfoxesmagazine.org.

Money.  We are currently talking with a few local printing companies in Maine to get an idea of how much money we will need to cover our printing costs.  And of course we are also filing for non-profit status.  Once we have a handle on both of those arenas we are going to launch a crowd funding campaign.  There will be a button on this site that will link you to that campaign so that you can donate money easily right on the magical internet.  This fall we will begin selling subscriptions to Four Foxes right here on this website.  This fall we will also begin selling adspace to small businesses in Maine that are complementary to our mission and supportive of Maine arts.

Energy!  Are you excited about this project?  Do you want to help, share your work?  Are you really looking forward to reading this magazine when it comes to print?  Please let us know by following this blog, liking and following our facebook page, messaging me at editor@fourfoxesmagazine.org, and telling your friends about this magazine and this website.  We are really excited, and the only thing more exciting than that is how excited we get to hear that other people are excited!  You get the idea 😉

 

Thank you so much for joining me here on this site!

Be well,

Eryne Thibeau, Founder and Editor

Coming Attractions


The next blog post will be about why I decided to start this project and what it means to me personally, and where the name Four Foxes came from.

The following blog post will be about Railroad Square Cinema’s brand new lobby!  We <3 Railroad Square Cinema and independent movie houses.

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