From the Desk of the (New) Editor
In her inaugural editor’s letter, Ellie writes about the second coming of Inconnu, and what kind of demonic forces are still to come.
November 16, 2015 | Cult | Fall 2015
I’ve struggled to write this letter. No matter where I’ve tried to write, the words have eluded me. I’ve sat in coffeeshops between classes, telling myself to put some words on the page. I’ve sat on my bathroom floor trying to write, getting kicked out by my roommates when they’ve had to pee. As I am writing these words now, I am sitting in a building on campus, people watching. The only thought that is coming to me right now is that maybe it is best to just start at the beginning.
Just over a year ago, inconnu’s co-founder and current Creative Director, Kellie, wrote a letter about the future of inconnu. At the time, not much was known about the future of the magazine, other than the fact that there would be one. Over the past year, inconnu has essentially been on hiatus, but for the past few months, we have been in the process of relaunching, regrouping… coming back to life. We now have a brand new staff of editors; younger blood, fresher views, but the same brain. The majority of us are in high school or college, and our days are spent trying to figure out what we want our own futures to be. More than likely, you are trying to figure that out too. Some of our staff only has experience with school publications, and several have already been published by the likes of Pop Culture Puke, Femsplain, PopMatters, Plasma Dolphin, and Big Frame. Personally, my career in online magazines started with inconnu. The first thing I ever published was a list of ways to force yourself off Tumblr. Looking back, it is sort of an embarrassing piece but one that I’ll always hold dear to my heart because it eventually led to this. We are still trying to figure out exactly what we want inconnu to be, but I think that in itself is pretty fitting when you consider the definition of ‘inconnu’. We hope that as you read our thoughts and send us some thoughts of your own, we all keep inquiring despite no longer being strangers.
The past few months have been full of new beginnings for me. I moved away from my parents for the first time. I started my first year of college. I took on the job of the new Editor-in-Chief of inconnu. As the year is ending, and the leaves start to die and fall, I think it is important to remember that what is happening around you isn’t necessarily happening to you. It might seem like in nature, everything is falling apart, but in my own life, it feels like things are finally coming together. Fall is full of mystery about what is to come, and the autumn colors are warm enough that even on the coldest of days, you can’t help but feel that warmth.
This fall, our theme is Cult. When I hear that word, I immediately think of two things— one is the way we praise television shows and films that garner a small but passionate following, lacking mainstream appreciation— the other is the way we often stigmatize people who we believe are blindly and naively following something—or someone.
“I think it is important to remember that what is happening around you isn’t necessarily happening to you.”
For this issue, Cult means beloved but underappreciated television shows and films, it means discussing our weird obsessions, and figuring out how to not judge that which we simply don’t understand. We have pieces about Scientology, teen witches, the differences between love and obsession— online and off— and of course everything we want you to know about our favorite cult shows and films.
As I mentioned earlier, the future of inconnu is pretty unknown. We’ve been a lot of things over the years like a blog, an art zine, a print magazine, a digital mag, and apparently a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl. Who knows, maybe next we’ll be a cult? I have been told I have a “charismatic yet calming personality” and one of my high school English teachers once said, “You are really great at playing to your strengths and just ignoring your weaknesses”. I could totally be your cult leader. No matter what we become in the future, hopefully more and more becomes known to you with everything that we publish.
Love, sincerely, warm wishes on your bat mitzvah day— and may the Lizard Gods be kind to you,
Chairman of the Board, Editor-in-Chief, & Captain of the Sea Org
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Image credit: The Shining (1980)
Ellie Boroughs is the Editor-in-Chief of inconnu. A manicurist once told her that she has baby hands. Her interests include reading about cults, talking about cults, and trying to connect with cult members on Craigslist. She lives in Bellingham, Washington where she attends Western Washington University, studying Film and Television. Follow her on Twitter @rebellieing.