A while back, we, the editors, had announced our intention to return to publishing Hard Crackers Magazine in the print format. The deadline for written submissions has now been established and it is December 31, 2020. All writers please take note.
The focus of this issue will be on the year 2020, the Year of the Rat on the Chinese calendar. We would be particularly interested in people’s take on the monumental events that have preoccupied all of our lives, not only in America, but wherever you are in the world. Obviously, the favorite ponies to bet on here are the COVID 19 pandemic, the popular mass insurgency against police violence, the economic uncertainties that have befallen those of us who have to work (or not) at the mine face in order to make ends meet, rough heavy weather and out of control wildfires, and the volatile landscape that even mainstream politics seem unable to avoid. We would also like to hear from people as to how they see events unfolding, what we should watch out for, and how these stormy waters might best be sailed.
As we have always stated from the git-go, Hard Crackers is guided by one principle: that in the ordinary people of this country and the world there resides a capacity to escape from the mess that we are in. Our commitment is to document and examine their strivings to do so. We believe that this can only help in some small way to create the new society, one that is not fettered by the iniquities and injustices that seem to constantly plague us. In other words, the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.
The original Hard Crackers enforcer and founder was Noel Ignatiev (RIP). In his recruitment letter to the rest of us, Noel wrote, “The Internet has its place, but paper carries a permanency and weight no digital form can equal.” That was back in early 2016. Noel was right then, there is a flow to a publication that one can hold in one’s hands. This is more of a rarity with the Jumpin’ Jack Flash procedure of reading articles online. Since then (2016), we have produced seven print issues of Hard Crackers Magazine, and a veritable tome of articles on our website. The continued fallout from the epidemic forced us to rely on our blog and its various forms of public broadcast, and we do believe that we have done a solid job here. We do not think that the one format competes with the other, but rather that they complement each other.
So be forewarned. You have until the end of the year to send us your submissions. You can do so by forwarding your efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you know one of the editors personally, you can communicate directly with that individual. All things being on the square, Hard Crackers #8 should be a going concern by no later than the waning days of the winter of 2021 (the Year of the Ox). The editors’ decisions are final.