Well, I didn't make the first Friday. But here we are.
Print #2 is scheduled to ship out on Tuesday. So that one is done and dusted and we're onto issue 3, which is now being edited. We have a number of pieces I'm really excited about in this one. Leah Sargeant has written a great piece about how to value caring work, Tessa Carman has a lengthy interview with Paul Kingsnorth, and Charlie Clark has written for us about the idea of "good work." We also have an essay from Andrew Arndt on the Magnificat that I'm excited about along with a number of book reviews. It should be a great issue. A few pieces are already being copy edited, the rest are being revised by authors. We're in good shape, it appears, to have this out to subscribers by late May.
Print #4 is now in the works as I have pitches out to a number of authors and have about half the magazine already commissioned while I wait to hear from everyone else. The theme will be "de-radicalization." One of the core concerns we have at Mere Orthodoxy is preserving virtues of neighborliness, persuasion, and patience in a time of noise, ideology, and anger. So this issue will align well with those goals. Jess Joustra is going to be writing the cover essay on what we can learn from Herman Bavinck about staying centered during tumultuous times. Print #4 will mark the end of volume 1 of the print edition of Mere O.