Satya: In its end is another beginning
The double issue of June/July is slated to be the final issue of Satya
, the monthly magazine of environmentalism, animal advocacy, vegetarianism, and social justice that Beth Gould and I founded way back in 1994. One hundred and forty-one issues later, Beth has decided it's time to move on and so the magazine is coming to an end—at least in its printed form.
Naturally, I'm saddened, and yet, having edited the magazine from 1994 to 1999, and having worked in publishing for thirteen years myself (eight of them as the owner of my own company), I know how hard it is to keep publishing in niche areas and make a living at it, and get revved up about the next publication. I also know how rewarding it is to produce something worthwhile, which you believe in, and which makes a difference in people's lives, and I have looked on with pride and admiration as the magazine that began on a whim has developed into the thoughtful and informative tool for activists it is today.
Because of the wonders of the Web, none of it will disappear and all of it will be archived. Those who did such great work on, and with, the magazine over the years will move on to other, equally important work, and all who contributed will still be able to say, "I was in [or at] Satya
," and do it with pride.
closed earlier this year, I wrote in a blog post
about the difficulty of progressive publishing in a climate of multiple media, with their claims on our attention and our dollars. Thankfully, economics didn't bring an end to Satya
; the natural cycle of things did, instead. While that's encouraging, and we should echo T.S. Eliot (in "Dry Salvages") by wishing the employees and writers, "not farewell but fare forward," it would be nice to believe that the silencing of Clamor
and the end of Satya
would make us cherish even more what remains.