About this project
Each issue focuses on a concept that pushes the limits of our understanding, an idea or feeling we all experience but struggle to describe. By gathering people from diverse fields and backgrounds, we hope to transcend institutional, cultural, and social borders and create a space for open exchange.
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The First Issue:
The theme of the first issue is duende, the Spanish word for a heightened state of emotion or expression that often results in a tingling sensation up and down our skin. We have gathered contributors including: Alphonso Lingis (one of the great contemporary American philosophers), Jazra Khaleed (a Chechen poet and boxer living in Athens), Warren Neidich (a conceptual artist based in LA and Berlin), Aman Desai (a writer from the Bay Area studying at Reed College in Portland, Oregon), and Michael Taussig (an internationally renowned anthropologist). Together they approach duende from different perspectives, creating a multi-layered exploration of the concept through poetry, photo essays, short stories, and prose.
We hope to print and distribute 400 copies of the first issue to design stores, coffee shops, and bookstores across New York City this May. We will be releasing the magazine late May at our launch event in New York City. The magazine will also be available on our website, www.tabletalk.io, as a free downloadable pdf.
We need $5,500 to print the magazine and another $1,000 for the website and launch event. For future issues we will secure funding through grants, but in order get to the point where we can do that, we need your help.
Please contribute whatever you can, pass this along to your friends, and help make Table Talk a reality.
We thank you for your interest and look forward to adding YOU to our list of supporters!
We will publish biannually, exploring new themes and bringing together an exciting range of contributors for each issue. We are already starting to plan out the second issue and are expanding our team in order to to review more submissions and commission the best pieces we can. Possible themes include "dyno," the term for a dynamic rock climbing move that requires one to let go of all points of stability in order to successfully make it to the next point, a phenomenon we believe runs through every craft. Another is "torschlusspanik," a German word that translates literally into gate-closing-panic, an experience we all feel when we realize that we cannot escape from something. For future issues we hope to increase our distribution to other major cities in America and eventually to cities internationally.
As our publication grows we hope to launch a series of events called "Table Talks" that will bring together interesting thinkers from different disciplines and arenas of life to discuss the concept of the current issue. These will be held in unorthodox locations such as barbershops and shipping docks, recorded, and turned into short films that will be released on our website as a video series.
In addition, we are working with a team a small team of designers and programmers to create an online web platform that will allow readers to read and comment on specifics lines of an article and start a conversation directly out of the text. Anyone else viewing the article will be able to see their comment and add to the conversation. This platform is a way of continuing the dialogue outside the magazine and opening up the discussion further. We plan to launch a preliminary version of it on our website concurrently with the second issue.
Co-Founders: Benjamin Moe and Maya Frodeman
Editor-in-Chief: Benjamin Moe
Managing Editor: Angel Shin
Communications Coordinator: Ourania Yancopoulos
Layout Design: Benjamin Moe and Debarghya Bharati
Graphic Design: Noah Sneider
A note about how Kickstarter works: Click the green "Back This Project" button to choose a donation amount or click on one of the rewards on the right side. You'll be directed to Amazon Payments to make your donation. If you don't have an account, don't worry! It's really easy to make one and will just take a sec. An important thing to know is that if we do not reach our funding goal of $6,500 in 30 days, we will not receive any money! Please help us make this a possibility by donating whatever you can. Thank you again for your interest and contributions!
Risks and challenges
We have received enthusiastic feedback and support thus far, for which we are immensely grateful. However, fundraising is always a challenge for emerging publications and for that matter, existing ones too. Our greatest challenge right now is raising the funds necessary to launch the magazine. We look forward to figuring out sustainable funding methods for the future, but we need some preliminary help to get to that point. Table Talk is rich with possibilities beyond the magazine itself, including the “Table Talks” event and video series and online in-text annotation platform we are developing. The more funding we get, the more we will be able to develop these existing ideas and explore additional ones.
In order to accommodate our ever-growing vision for the magazine, we also look to expand our production team. We hope, for example, to ensure the magazine’s biannual publication by establishing a more regular production schedule, including an improved submission and editing process. Such a task will be logistically difficult without more team members. Another challenge we have encountered is that of having a production team all over the world. In the future we hope to enhance team cohesion without compromising the unique value of having such a diversely situated and talented staff.
Lastly, we have great faith that Table Talk can break new literary and conversational ground, but the unfamiliar nature of this territory is a challenge in itself. Specifically, we aim to better identify the best distribution locations for our magazine. We want to reach as many people as possible who would be interested in it, whether in purchasing and reading it, submitting pieces to it, or contributing to its production. We think our mission will resonate with many, and we are eager to connect with you all.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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