As the editors of The Gravity of the Thing aim to publish writing that defamiliarizes, so do we aim to defamiliarize conventional editing, publishing, and creative models. Follow our Baring the Device column to learn about various writing, editing, and publishing practices.
"We need to defamiliarize our processes and our ideas. Throw some metaphorical wrenches into the machinery just to see what happens..." Dan Chilton unpacks "the pressures of literary realism on those approaching publishing."
In this edition of Baring the Device, our editors bare the common editorial practices that come into play after a submission is accepted for publication. On the happy day that a writer receives an acceptance letter, there are a few ways a writer can expect to engage with an editor.
"The trail is a sentence that I write with my steps, punctuating and accenting with the strict rhythm of my breath, an organic and lived poem etched into the land as it burns me anew..." Jacey de la Torre on discovering self and story through running.
"René Descartes famously called sight the 'noblest' of the senses... the high status of sight is truer than when he wrote the words in 1637, as the printing press was taking the place of oral traditions." Joshua James Amberson on "vision's reign" in storytelling media and at large.