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Alright, so I'm currently fighting through some major wisdom tooth pain in order to get this together. Any problems you see should be 100% blamed on those worthless protrusions we call "wisdom" teeth.


The Little Review: Love, Art, Good

The Little Review is pretty clear about its purpose from the cover. "A Magazine of the Arts: Making No Compromise With the Public Taste." While it puts itself forth as an art magazine, and it does so forcefully, that does not mean that they have a complete understanding of what art is. I got a general feeling that The Little Review spent its ~84 pages trying to figure out what "good" Art is, and seemed to rely on the presence/communication of "love" as a concept to be an element of effective art. To be a bit more nuanced, I would say that they feel art should convey emotion, and love is a rather obvious emotion to try and convey, so that would explain its abundant presence in the text.


The Egoist: Idea, Experience, Modern

I'm with Caleb in his reaction to The Egoist's advertisment in The Little Review. I can't say I was awfully surprised to see that from a magazine for which Eliot served as assistant editor, but I would expect something like The Egoist and it's opening section entitled "Our Philosophy of the 'Real'" from Pound, if we're being totally honest.

Friendly jabs at Eliot and Pound aside, this magazine is trying desperately to figure out the formation of ideas, and how to do form appropriately modern ideas. A focus around experience is seen, and I suppose it makes sense. But I would like to track the use of "idea" and "experience" throughout the MJP's copies of The Egoist, and see just how hard they cling to these words.


The Crisis: Race, Training, Study

In an obvious point to anyone that is familiar with The Crisis, race plays a huge part of the magazine. This issue, though, conflates World War I, the lifting up of black people through training programs and their service in the military. This is a marked contrast to The Crisis issue that was released just before/after American joined World War I, and it's largely due to the intense patriotism/propaganda movement that gripped America as the horrors of World War I took hold.

This is seen first and foremost in the words I listed. While there is a focus on race, and the war at large, the magazine also has many advertisements for "training" schools that are open to either men or women. They also urge readers to "study" prominent issues such as new laws or other points of concern. World War I saw with it a larger allowance in what black people were allowed to take part in as members of society -- mostly out of necessity -- and The Crisis is aiming to capitalize on that newfound freedom by cheerleading their readers into not only a pride over their abilities, but a hunger to do more.