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Letter from the Editor: “State of the Nation”

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. America is in a time of transition. On Tuesday, we elect our new leader—and then collectively breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all over. I know I’m not the first to say this, but it seems the only thing we can all agree on lately is that this has been a stressful election season. Every day we’re fed a new scandal or soundbite—which will either infuriate you, force you to defend your candidate, or reinforce your support for third parties. I know I’m not alone when I say I am exhausted. …

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Letter from the Craft Editors: “Earth”

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Illustration by Scott Beaubien. Illustration by Scott Beaubien. It is hard not to be inspired in our planet’s warmer months, as we marvel at the blooming of spring and get the chance to explore and connect with nature in summer (reminding us what we have been missing in those seemingly never-ending Blacksburg winters). Taking a cue from our surroundings, we chose “Earth” as the theme for our third round of submissions. The works we have selected share global insight on a variety of topics: the tragic decline of an endangered species, the romance of traveling, the amusingly twisted way we …

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Letter from the Craft editors: “Anything Goes”

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The theme for The Pylon’s first call for submissions was “Anything Goes.” In order to cast a wide net and better capture the talent of the Blacksburg area, we were open to all creative works that displayed excellence and originality. Each piece we selected stood out in its own unique way, and we are thrilled to present each one to the community. Alex Newman and his video “Michael Jackson” are the epitome of clear, polished talent saying something substantial in a fresh way. Almost immediately after listening, Newman’s song was stuck in our heads. And his visual work is just …