Spring 2001

On April 26, 2001, New York University’s Student Activities Board presented The Minetta Review with the Golden Torch Award for Publication of the Year, “for the best-written and best-produced publication from an NYU student organization.”

Eric Skillman’s Note

In each of the six semesters that I’ve been part of this fine publication called the Minetta Review, I’ve had occasion to share a certain anecdote from my formative years, which has (I hope) served to both educate and entertain the newcomers to the Minetta staff. Now, thanks to the invariably self-serving nature of the Editor’s Note, this experience can be preserved for generations to come.

When teaching literature or poetry, every high school English teacher must face the question of how much interpretation is too much? My 11th and 12th grade English teacher, Mary Ann Satter, answered the question like this:

“A poem is like a cat. Reading a good poem, or story, or novel, or any creative work, really, is like petting that cat. And you enjoy this; it is a pleasurable experience. Now, up to a point, it is fascinating to contemplate just how this cat is put together; what does it think? how exactly does it make that purring noise? etc. And the whole experience of the cat is enhanced by this contemplation. But take this too far, and you find yourself standing, scalpel in hand, over a dissected cat. It may still be interesting to know just how his cat liver connects to his cat pancreas, but you don’t really want to pet it anymore.”

On that appetizing note, Ms. Satter introduced into the class a failsafe mechanism, whereby the class could indicate if they felt the analysis was losing its value:

We would meow.

When someone tried to convince us that Rozencrantz and Guildenstern were the secret masterminds behind all of Hamlet, we meowed. When someone advanced the theory that William Carlos Williams’ So Much Depends… was really about the sacred heart of Jesus, we howled like ornery alley cats who haven’t eaten in weeks. When someone pointed out that, in a student poem titled Atlantis, when you turned the poem on its side, the line breaks resembled what he imagined the skyline of Atlantis to have looked like, we sang virtually the entire Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Thanksfully, the vocalized part of this tradition has not been co-opted by the staff of the Minetta, many of whom I’m sure do lovely impressions of all forms of feline life, though the fact that I can’t vouch for that fact is a great comfort to me. And while our scalpels may come out every once in a while at our weekly meetings, we would ask you to be sparing with yours when perusing this latest issue of the Minetta Review. Or, at the very least, to make sure that your surgical examination of these works leaves behind a Cheshire smile.

Featured Writing
lightning –Tara Rocker
fingernail –Melissa Ahart
atlanta –Brian Hagen
byblis –K.C. Harrison
it’s rochester or the t.v. –Kelley Blue
the coastline –Aubrie Marrin
“the only sound” –Sally Robinson
legacy –Michael Mills
if we ever went to the carnival –Katy Ball
for jellyfish –Lindsay Reckson
untangled –Shiwani Srivastava
telephone affair –Amira Pierce
postmortem –K.C. Harrison
uncle carlos –Brett Marroquin
homecoming –Melissa Ahart
my hair/story –A.J. Muhammad
sea of gold –Ruvym Gilman
“but this is not my couch” –Daniel Delaney Krugman
old men –Melissa Ahart
bar dream: a translation –Amira Pierce
“it is snowing” –Sarah Herrington
glossy/matte –Simon Tertychniy
the heir apparent –Aubrie Marrin
kiss of a signature –Jesse Barton
meditation –Shiwani Srivastava
tall enough to ride –Melissa Ahart
chiens –Daniel Delaney Krugman
the winter formal –Colleen Sullivan
the measurements of mishap –Sally Robinson
verso –Simon Tertychniy
mechanics –Jessica Stockton
crazybubble –K.C. Harrison
never love the same again –Jennifer Batisti
dermatology –Colleen M. Sullivan
tiresias –Aubrie Marrin
home –Emily Larocque

Featured Artwork
untitled photograph –Elizabeth Raggi
untitled bas relief –Isaac Graham
untitled photograph –Su-Queen Teo
Community (photograph) –Ludger K. Balan
untitled pencil drawing –Christina Vazquez
untitled photograph –Stacey Orrnstein
untitled mixed media –Christina Vazquez
Derrick (watercolor) –Eric Skillman
untitled photograph –Stacey Ornstein
natural –Judson Coe
untitled silhouette –Christina Vazquez
untitled etching –Christina Vazquez

Cover Artwork
Edwin, Herman, Elmer & Robert (watercolor) –Eric Skillman
Kitchen Table, Homecoming (watercolor) –Eric Skillman

Additional internal artwork and publication design by Eric Skillman.

The Spring 2001 Editorial Board
Editor-in-Chief: Eric Skillman
Managing Editor: Amira Pierce
Operations Manager: Daniel Delaney Krugman
Secretary: Michael Mills
Events Coordinator: Colleen M. Sullivan

Publication Staff:  Katy Ball, Helene Costanza, Daniel Dienesch, Anthony Enriquez, K.C. Harrison, Jennifer Holmes, Emily LaRocque, Allen Luo, Jessica McBath, Katie Merrill, Stephanie Palmer, Irina Pechenkina, Lindsay Reckson, Michael Rosch, Shiwani Srivastava, Laura Stokes-Greene, Emma Stratton

Printer: Flair Printing, 15 W. 45 St., New York, NY 11036

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