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Contrary’s Fifth Anniversary Recalled

currency-166847_640Five years ago the nation was entangled in a grim war based on lies, the publishing industry was in collapse, the whole economy rushing to join it, people pulling their money out of banks—but together we were clinging to ledges and sharing delight in online media that still bore the tang of novelty. In that spirit we wrote:

“In the grimmest, grayest gloom of the Chicago winter—mid-February—the starlings begin carrying fibers to an opening in the roof of our graystone where every year they rear their clutch. Nature is like that: in her darkest hour she’ll unspool a lambent thread of hope that we can pick up like a guide line to haul ourselves to spring.”

And in that spirit, in Autumn 2008, for our Fifth Anniversary, we celebrated these publications from our first five years:

Stephen Muruli Dies, Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

Parallel Conservatory, Clare Kirwan

Snapshots of the Epic, Gregory Lawless

Household Poisons, Thomas King

Last Light, Karynna McGlynn

Confession, Patrick Loafman

After Silence Comes the Dirge, Laurence Davies

Single Life #8, Amy Groshek

Pigeons, Ted Frisbie

The Funeral Director’s Wife, Grace Wells

How You Remember Her, Amy Reed

Today, October the Ninth, Allison Shoemaker

Plum Island, Andrew Coburn

Contrary Cartoonist, Russell Hodin

Advice: Get the Farewell Right, Edward Mc Whinney