Illustration: Tully Mills
YM is not known for “writing” or “intelligent discourse” but we can smell it when it’s close enough. Sometimes we even find it on the Internet. As with almost everything we do, the YM Summer Intern Program started as a joke. Not a funny one, but something that would at least entertain us. I’m not a publicly sentimental type, and I won’t break tradition here, but they far exceeded my expectations.
For their final project, a PDF zine, they were given no direction other than to draw “inspiration” from here, here, here and here. Fortunately they ignored that advice and created something, dare I say, that reminds us of beauty in an ugly world? That might be a stretch but this is my favorite (ok, only) thing I’ve read all year.
The Unread: A Young Internite Zine About Not Reading That Nobody Will Read
Thanks to interns Daniel, Christian, QED, the zine contributors below and Tumblr for the magic. Follow them, love them, etc.
Mike Barthel on Malcolm Lowry’s “Under the Volcano” (p. 3)
Tyler Coates on T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” (p.3)
Miles Klee on “The Bible” (p. 4)
Jonathan Bogart on Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” (p. 4)
Katie Coyle on Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” (p. 4)
Lenore Beadsman on Jane Austen’s “Emma” (p. 5)
Jake Cleland on David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King” (p. 5)
Jeremy Gordon on Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” (p. 6)
Brad Nelson on Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” (p. 7)
Alex Christman on “The Bible” (p. 7)
Bethany on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States (p. 7)
David Greenwald on Science-Fiction (p. 8)
Katherine St. Asaph on J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” (p.8)
SYH on Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” (p. 9)
YM Intern Christian Carter on Toni Morrison’s “Sula” (p. 9)
YM Intern Daniel Kolitz on Ancient Greek Literature (p. 10)
YM Intern QED on Gunther Grass’ “Local Anaesthetic” (p. 11)
Really looking forward to seeing this on our dash like so much confetti another 18 times.