2 More Magazines Bite The Dust


Goodbye Merge and Notebook, you were both young but your pyres will burn bright.

In all honesty, it’s tough to see these two go. Merge, being the younger of the two, offered a lot of freedom to me as a writer. I learned a bit about cancer, a bit about ice road trucking (scroll down) and a bit about where babies come from. It was a novel idea, an Edmonton based rag with the advertising already paid for. It could have been a crappy sell out styled magazine, but it offered a different angle from a woman’s perspective. It was nice, fun and fluffy;  like riding an exploding unicorn in to a heaven of rainbows.

Notebook I am surprised by. This was an art magazine for artists by artists. It had legs. The coverage was broad and insightful while the layout was one of the nicer around. Chapters picked them up as did a few other heavyweights. Although it lives on in electronic form (the new print zombie), the tactile wonderment that is and was Notebook’s lovely pages are now a memory. Unless you buy some back issues. Or you travel back in time. Or you keep them all in laminated form. Or…I think that’s it.

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Published by: thetrentwilkie

Trent Wilkie is a husband/father/writer/journalist/performer in Edmonton. Trent has written for CBC Radio, Fangoria Magazine, Edmonton Sun, Exclaim Magazine, Fort Sask Record, Theatre Network, The Edmonton Fringe, and is currently pouring his heart and soul into his award-winning blog The UnDad. As well, Trent has also been a wilderness canoe guide for over 10 years which he now considers therapy. Trent is also a member of Mostly Water Theatre, a sketch comedy troupe and has performed in a bevy of Edmonton International Fringe Festivals to varying degrees of success. When taking time off from trying not to be boring, Trent likes to relax while watching horror movies and trying to write the perfect three chord song

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