NDJ:7 Jessica Arenella, editor

A Note from the Editor

Over the past two years, I have been lying in bed, surfing the internet, eating pretzels and wondering: Why does the word procrastinate get such a bad rap? It has some really positive elements to it, namely “PRO,” as in forward, and “CRASTINATE,” as in tomorrow. That’s like forward thinking, except it’s forward doing! Creating for the future… in the future! In fact, this edition of the New Directions Journal had been projected so far into the future, that it’s really become a post-post-modern or, as the French say, après-avant-garde phenomenon. David Cooper, Kerry Malawista, and Bob Winer have been shaking their heads in awe of the near-genius level of procrastination that I have brought to this project throughout 2010 and 2011, and I am sure that your jaw will drop when you see this edition.

Without further ado, I would like to add a hearty thanks to the New Directions faculty, who brought many of these essays to my attention for publication. I would also like to extend an extra- special thanks to Kathie Hepler and Dierdre Callanan for providing me with reality checks and sage advice throughout the editing and selection process.

Cheers,
Jessica Arenella, New Directions Journal Editor
               Author of the forthcoming book, How to Delay More and Get Less Done

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