Cover art of the Radical Hospitality Issue: an illustration of a headless person writing at their desk with multiple faces in boxes floating around where their head would be.
Editor’s Notes on The Radical Hospitality Issue
Multiple, cartoon faces floating around in their own box
Artwork by Michael J. Hildebrand

Iam fascinated by language, especially when it comes to new (or new-ish) phrases and word combinations.

For instance, I have despised and over-analyzed “social distancing” ever since I first heard it. To me, this phrase is passive-aggressive. On the surface, it’s saying “Stay safe! See, I care about you!” But there’s also the dark underlying message of “Remain isolated and don’t talk to each other.” Humans are naturally social creatures. Bad things happen when we don’t socialize. (See history.)

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Editor, Joey Stocks
Joey Stocks

was born into an Arkansas newspaper family. He strayed into theatre as a performer before joining the Guild in August 2011 as Director of Publications and Editor of The Dramatist.