It's the new black.
Welcome to Gaudy. It’s lovely to see you.
Gaudy is a forthcoming online multiplatform cultural magazine. We like to think of ourselves as tweeting PreRaphaelites or the Inklings with a Youtube account, but then again, we’re rather full of it. Gaudy is a literary cocktail, a place where book people look at the world using non-book media.
What would that look like? Well, it might look like Jay-Z, Cicero and Petrarch and the cultural role of poetry. Love-lorn letters to Google. Unsent letters to literati (some with love, some … without.) Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers and 17th century depictions of the city. The history of punting in literature. Meryl Streep, Maggie Thatcher, Wellesley College and depictions of women in power. Postmodernism and the average Tumblr.
We’re interested in essays that weave together old and new ideas, high and low culture; pieces that reconcile dichotomies and discover new ones; meditations on literature and history and Wendy’s, not necessarily in that order. And we’re committed to publishing great writing from both new and known voices.
Enough about us, though. What about you? Are you the kind of person who checks the Sunday Review in between novels? loves book blogs? checks the Slate app every morning just in case there’s a piece on Larkin and beatniks? ignores the mounting library fines because Tolstoy is above these concerns? believes libraries are important, with and without fines? loves the New Yorker but wishes it featured more women, or more young voices, or was somehow just different?
And if you are, what kind of magazine would you like to read?
We invite you to join Gaudy, as reader, participant, community member, advocate, friend, guide, partner. We do this because Gaudy is more than a magazine and more like a movement, created by Web 2.0 and years of Evelyn Waugh and the liberal arts and a belief in thank you notes and the love of David Brooks.
And it’s a movement that we hope you will join.