Razor takes its name from Anton Chekhov’s notion that, when revising a story, a writer should throw out the first three pages–or slice them off with a razor. He said those pages were exposition, the writer circling around before finding the story.
It is Razor‘s mission to celebrate and share the creative process. In each issue, we ask the writers and artists of each piece we publish to tell us the backstory of their work. Our hope is that through sharing what happens on those first three pages, Razor can help a community of creative thinkers to feel empowered and in good company.
Please enjoy these brief glimpses before the razor of the works published in this issue.
Mike had once shot a possum in his living room in Sarasota, FL
Before the Razor of “A People’s History of Fayette County”
Nobody Writes the Same Way So Let Me Tell You How To Do It
Before the Razor of “And Then the Sky Was Full of Fire”
Poetry Is More Important Than History
Before the Razor of “If I Feel Physically As If The Top Of My Head Were Taken Off”
Ed Bok Lee
In my world, it gets no better than solitude
Before the Razor of “The Romance of the Night Sky”
God the Father, God the Son, and God the (at best, gender-neutral) Holy Spirit
Before the Razor of “Quiet Prophet”
Emily Marie Buehler
I had the risk, but where was the delight?
Before the Razor of “Because Someone Said, Make Art About Risking Delight”
You Can’t Break Eggs Without Making an Omelette
Before the Razor of “Let Us Hear From You”
Walking the Bone Path, Closed-Toe Shoes Suggested
Before the Razor of “Walking the Bone Path”