Issue No. 27
In magazine publishing we’re always thinking ahead: hustling to make deadlines, applying for funding, brainstorming the next theme—rarely do we get a chance to pause and reflect on the past. Moving into our 10th year was a big deal for a magazine that began as a passion project between two friends and continues to be solely volunteer-run. As such, we figured it was a better time than any to take stock on how far SAD has come, and indulge in some nostalgia.
Many of the writers in this issue look at nostalgia sans the rose-coloured glasses. Were things really that much better back then? Were they the “good ol’ days” or just the “pretty alright days”? It feels like it’s getting harder to tell. For example, Rachel Burns’ piece DIY Memories considers the way social media can reframe even the worst memories to look good, and Chris Anhorn’s essay Nostalgiphilia investigates how our childhood is being marketed back to us.
Still—sweet memories will always persist, and you’ll find those in these pages too; whether it’s in a childhood home, a long-gone sports team, an old neon sign, or even a place you’ve never been to.