Academic journal article Hollins Critic

On Retiring from the Critic

Academic journal article Hollins Critic

On Retiring from the Critic

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Twenty-six years is a long time. As I look back, I remember how Louis Rubin brainstormed The Hollins Critic into existence and how I was invited to write the very first issue on Donleavy (the ginger man). In those days we had an eight-man board--Louis, Walter Sullivan, George Garrett, Daniel Hoffman, Howard Nemerov, Richard Poirier, and me. It was a fine group of critics, and in later years we added many more, though the original board splintered fairly early.

The first issue (February, 1964) had no cover art and no book reviews, but it had poems by Lex Allen and Daniel Hoffman. Lewis Thompson's portraits of the essay subjects were moved from page five to the cover with the third issue--where they have appeared ever since--and considerably later we instituted a section of book reviews. We grew from twelve to twenty pages, changed printers several times, and weathered several financial storms. But we have never missed an issue, though we came close several times.

We have been lucky in our co-workers both student and secretarial. Ava Morgan became our first Associate Editor and has assured that the Critic remained alive for the last several years. …

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