Christopher DeGroot and Jennifer Reeser are creating The Agonist
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We live in an age of ideological corruption. Among the literati, gender, race, sexual orientation and the like increasingly function as intellectual and aesthetic criteria: works are considered to be good or bad, publishable or not publishable, in virtue of these things. Meanwhile, outside the literary domain, too many editors are uninterested in publishing works that are outside and, as it were, beyond the current news cycle. A writer must also stick to some artificial limit: no more than about 800 words, his or her piece, for people are busy, we know.

The Agonist--the creation of editor Christopher DeGroot and literary editor Jennifer Reeser--sets itself against this grim grain. For us, literature, be it a poem, short story, or whatever, is essentially a verbal construction. That is to say, it is not good or bad because the writer is female, gay, or whatever, or because it says so and so about some a priori value. With respect to merit, such considerations are quite impertinent. Is the piece well wrought? Does it say something significant? These values are what counts, for us. Although we will publish articles on the current news cycle, we are much more interested in cultural commentary which gets at the underlying ideas and problems that find people talking. We care deeply about what is of enduring interest, not ephemera. Nor shall we be answerable to donors in regard to what we publish--the common plight of many established magazines. Our aim is to publish what we and our writers think is true, important, or worth considering, and here potential offense and political correctness are not indeed impediments.

Publishing such articles, along with poetry and fiction, we seek to preserve intellectual and aesthetic standards in a time when they have never been so threatened. We intend to publish imaginative writers, journalists, professors, scientists, and others; writers new and established.

We plan to launch on January 10, 2019. Please consider donating to our worthwhile project. Tell family and friends about it as well. We think you will be glad you did so. Thank you.
Tiers
First Tier
$5 or more per month
This small donation will help to pay our writers. 
$10 per month
$10 or more per month
This next tier will allow us to regularly pay more strong writers. 
Tier Three
$20 or more per month
With enough generous souls in this tier we may be able to produce a print edition. 
Goals
65% complete
Although just a start, if we can raise this figure each month we will be able to pay at least a few strong writers regularly.
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We live in an age of ideological corruption. Among the literati, gender, race, sexual orientation and the like increasingly function as intellectual and aesthetic criteria: works are considered to be good or bad, publishable or not publishable, in virtue of these things. Meanwhile, outside the literary domain, too many editors are uninterested in publishing works that are outside and, as it were, beyond the current news cycle. A writer must also stick to some artificial limit: no more than about 800 words, his or her piece, for people are busy, we know.

The Agonist--the creation of editor Christopher DeGroot and literary editor Jennifer Reeser--sets itself against this grim grain. For us, literature, be it a poem, short story, or whatever, is essentially a verbal construction. That is to say, it is not good or bad because the writer is female, gay, or whatever, or because it says so and so about some a priori value. With respect to merit, such considerations are quite impertinent. Is the piece well wrought? Does it say something significant? These values are what counts, for us. Although we will publish articles on the current news cycle, we are much more interested in cultural commentary which gets at the underlying ideas and problems that find people talking. We care deeply about what is of enduring interest, not ephemera. Nor shall we be answerable to donors in regard to what we publish--the common plight of many established magazines. Our aim is to publish what we and our writers think is true, important, or worth considering, and here potential offense and political correctness are not indeed impediments.

Publishing such articles, along with poetry and fiction, we seek to preserve intellectual and aesthetic standards in a time when they have never been so threatened. We intend to publish imaginative writers, journalists, professors, scientists, and others; writers new and established.

We plan to launch on January 10, 2019. Please consider donating to our worthwhile project. Tell family and friends about it as well. We think you will be glad you did so. Thank you.

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Tiers
First Tier
$5 or more per month
This small donation will help to pay our writers. 
$10 per month
$10 or more per month
This next tier will allow us to regularly pay more strong writers. 
Tier Three
$20 or more per month
With enough generous souls in this tier we may be able to produce a print edition.