One of the surest signs that an issue is almost ready is when we have a cover. You can check out more from this issue here.
This issue’s cover is particular special because it features a print of a graphite pencil drawing by David F. Routon. Routon is the late father of editorial board member of Claudia Routon and was a world renown artist.
The cover of the issue features: “Corno Di Bassetto.” Graphite pencil drawing of George Bernard Shaw by David F. Routon (1931–2020).
As a bit of context, Claudia explains: A classical music enthusiast with a ready wit, Routon enjoyed Shaw’s music criticism. Routon is known to have quoted Di Bassetto: “If you can say a thing with one stroke unanswerably you have style; if not, you are at best a marchand de plaisir; a decorative litterateur, or a musical confectioner, or a painter of fans with cupids andcocottes.” Routon took particular delight in this: “The term ‘ass’ I take to be a compliment. Modesty, hard work, contentment with plain fare, development of ear, under-estimation by the public: all these are the lot of the ass and the last of the Bassettos.”
As you likely know, these days are particularly challenging for many cultural institutions, publishers, and little magazines. So even if NDQ doesn’t float your boat, If you can, consider buying a book from a small press, subscribing to a literary journal, or otherwise supporting the arts. I heartily recommend grabbing a copy of the new issue of Hotel Amerika which is celebrating its 20th anniversary by publishing an anthology of some its most creative, provocative, and stimulating work. Grab a copy here.