We here at TLO are ever in search of the missing voice. Your voice. If you feel yourself or others have not been heard, we are here to help. We long to read the unlikely voices of those just as implausible as yourself, and so humbly urge you to consider:
...To write is to encourage.
The Lookout just as easily could have been named "Letters From Home." We exist only to honor and preserve your voices, which, if taken collectively, is OUR voice. We only came upon the name accidentally, a flash of chance, which dashed before us in a single instant. A Lookout, as the New Oxford American Dictionary has it, is "A place from which to keep watch or view landscape."
We do both here, yet our focus is mostly on the latter. We keep watch against divisive politics, trolls, and other unsavory allegories. But that is only a side job, indifferently tended. Rather, we actively choose to engage only in that which thrills us to be alive. The landscape of which we speak, dear reader, comprises YOU. We cannot exist without readers, and readers cannot exist without words. We invite you here and now to take decisive action in your own defense: to say Something. And by that, we really mean Anything.
...It can be serious, but we hope you do not agonize over-much about looks or content. Your voice is enough. As I'm quite sure in your quiet reading of our little book here (or of our Reader's Archive found online), you'll soon very much agree. As ever, we look forward to reading those little things you send our way, made large by the giving.
Andy Rush, -Ed.
This magazine is dedicated to Cultural Preservation through dialogue.
Our goal is to take the stigma off of writing as only the tool of the trained or educated, and put this proven therapy back in the hands of those who need it most.
We aim to preserve each individual's unique culture and voice for the benefit of future generations.
We hope to record EVERY submission, their point of origin, and their authorship. This will eventually be searchable, and readers can vote for overlooked gems to be published in future issues.