It’s been a weird year. Cultural conversation has been both incredibly charged (who hasn’t engaged in a heated political debate within the past six months?) and utterly boring. The sameish headlines populate our newsfeeds day after day. People have been uniformly color-coded red and blue, black and white, and it’s almost impossible to have a conversation without someone dropping the T-bomb (aka Trump).
But what we found throughout our research is that crisis breeds creativity. This issue highlights the unexpected artists moving culture forward today. We hope this issue is as deep, complex, and unruly as culture itself is today. But, most of all, we hope it inspires meaningful conversation about the people and trends who will lead us to an inspiring and revolutionary new tomorrow.