“L'intellectuel est quelqu'un qui se mêle de ce qui ne le regarde pas.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Literati, a literary magazine dedicated to reading the books that push our limits. This project started with our passion for literature, our three founders all met via the BookTube (terrible name, we know) community and quickly formed a bond. For far too long have we stood by and let people review great literature without any critical thought. Personal feelings and plot summaries do not hold the secrets to what makes literature great. Empty 5-star ratings without any heart or critical thought behind it made our blood boil. Unlikeable characters do not mean that a book is bad. We understand that “No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson. However, we are not going to be complacent with the state of the reading community. We know we can make a change in the reading community by putting together the highest quality of reviews, thought-provoking pieces, and lists that inspire. By having a few different perspectives, we can ensure that our readers will enjoy our pieces and what we have to say. We do not hold back and we encourage criticism.
Our goal is to make this a place to discuss literature and literary theory. The three founders are the kind of people that think it would be fun to read The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism from cover to cover. This project comes from that blend of passion and nerdom. We hope to showcase great literature and allow other similar-minded people to submit their own reviews and essays as well. Ralph Waldo Emerson understood just as we do that “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” For it is in the books we read that we find answers, we understand the world, we discover ourselves. It is in the books that we read that we develop the knowledge to take on the world. There is no greater journey than that.
The Literati will start off as a quarterly online magazine, featuring criticism, reviews, essays and other content. We also plan to showcase writers of poetry and fiction in our upcoming issues. Think of the first issue as an example of the content we wish to produce and if you have something to say, please feel free to submit your work to us. You will still own the copyright to all your pieces we only request the exclusive rights to your piece until the next issue is released, as well as anthology rights.
Our founders’ interests lie in all forms of literature but expect a heavy focus on the transgressive, cult classics, post-modernism, satire and books in translation. While not exclusively talking about literature, you will see pieces on pop-culture, philosophy, psychology and politics. Our goal is to write pieces that are both educational and entertaining. We would appreciate any support you can offer. We are here to express our passion for the written word. We seek to read critically, to explore the depth within.
We will not stand idly by and let literary theory or critical analysis become an elusive art form. We seek to learn from the greats and develop our own style.
Every day we seek to better ourselves through the knowledge we absorb through literature.
We accept that the terms like literary snobs and pretentious maybe used as a form of an insult and we will wear them as a badge of honour.
We are the intelligentsia, we seek to dominate the world of literature and expose the necessity of critical reading.
We are The Literati.
A huge thank you to our early supporters