Much has happened in the last six months that we never really saw coming. Much more stuff will probably happen in the next six months that we never saw coming either. Stuff happens, good and bad. That’s kinda the deal we signed up for with this whole life thing.
There are so many twisting, bending, curving paths that we can take in our lives. And the funny thing is, we have no idea where any of them will lead, or which one is the right one. It feels like there’s a certain pressure to live the way people expect you to. You’re expected to get a degree in a field that makes a lot of money when you graduate. You’re expected to like the things other people like. You’re expected to be normal. You’re expected to color within the lines. That’s kind of the deal we were given when we signed up for this whole society thing.
I’ve grown tired of this. With this issue of Main Street, I realized that we’ve all grown tired of this. We no longer feel the responsibility to heed to this siren song of banality. We realized that we didn’t need to give in to the pressure of expectations; that we didn’t need to get the degree our aunt told us we should because we’d make six figures when we graduated; that we didn’t have to like the things other people like. We realized it was possible to color outside the lines. And so, that’s exactly what we did. And the thing is, it feels so good.
In this issue, you’ll find a lot of awesome wacky stuff that you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s some of that stuff: a beginner’s guide to the Woody Harrelson Film Festival, a journey Fiona MacDonald undertook to watch every Woody Harrelson movie, just because she absolutely adores him; a prose piece written from the perspective of a chicken; a multitude of profiles written on cool, talented, creative folks in our college community, including the neon bike guy who brightens everyone’s day on their walk to class; a thing I wrote about tiny alchemists that means a whole lot to me; a bunch of crazy, weird, amazing art and photography that we couldn’t be happier to display; and much, much more.
One of my favorite musicians, Elucid, once said, “Possibilities invisible, but endless.” On the same song, one of my other favorite musicians, billy woods, said, “I got ideals and dreams that don’t work in practice, I got a time machine and it don’t go backwards.”
Time is unraveling before us, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, year by year, and life by life. And by each second and minute and hour and day and year and life, we’re presented with an infinite number of invisible, endless possibilities. And yet here we are, in this singular reality. In this issue of Main Street, this is the possibility we’ve chosen, out of all the possible possibilities. And with it, we cut, snipped, glued, and collaged beautiful, glittering, crooked, perfectly imperfect pieces of all the possible possibilities in order to construct this wonky, happy version of reality we’re in. With Main Street, all we aim to do is explore the things that make us feel better about our existence; the things that make life worth living; the things that make us feel something; that get us excited; that apply a nice layer of ointment to the cracks and creases on our brain. We’re inordinately lucky to have this creative community where we can share these things with each other, chop them all up, and sprinkle them into 100 pages of magazine.
Thank you to everyone who had a hand in fostering the goodwill that went into this issue of Main Street. We implore you to join us in this goodwill. We hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as we did making it.In this cosmic slop existence, we deserve to smile. Cheers.
As always, with love,
Main Street Mag
“AUTHENTICITY IS THE JOURNEY OF FIGURING OUT WHO YOU ARE THROUGH WHAT YOU MAKE” - DONALD GLOVER
“GET 100 LOANS, YOU CAN GO TO COLLEGE / YOUR DIPLOMA’S ROLLED IN A POLISH SAUSAGE” ⁃ OPEN MIKE EAGLE
“I WAS GIVEN THIS WORLD, I DIDN’T MAKE IT / THIS A CRAZY PLACE” - BILLY WOODS