In traditional Japanese Zen gardens, straight lines are generally seen as negative; they are softened and curved to better allow free and meandering movement of the chi. Straight lines are seen as restrictive and burdensome of life's energy.

Linearity is nonetheless the traditional imperative of American culture. Lines on a printed page are to be read in a straight line from one side of the page to the other, the lines in which we wait for our paperwork or our groceries or airline security are straight (and often long), and the lines between right and wrong, you and me, truth and fiction, are rigid ones. These lines of separation and restriction incite rebellion in many, despair in some, and imaginative play in others.

We in our quarterlives, teetering on the line between childhood and adulthood, have the opportunity to read between these lines, and many others, to create our own meanings and our own traditions, and the pieces in this issue of quarterlife take this opportunity to explore and challenge linearity.

The quarterlife staff welcomes in the third volume of the publication with an eye to the recreation of tradition and defiance of the traditional linear order. In this spirit of new beginnings, we have reformatted the magazine with a more approachable aesthetic. So welcome back. Take a break from your day, or remember this note next time you're standing in line with a quarterlife in your pocket. Have a bit of a read, and remember:

This is our quarterlife.


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editor-in-chief: Anastasia Zamkinos
layout editors: Naomi Gibbs, Deirdre Gorman
copy editors: Jenna Mukuno, Christine Texeira
staff: Lauren Beebe, Joe Cross, Ben Kegan, Robin Lewis, Liz Levy
staff artist: Tyler Calkin
web design: Kim Hooyboer