The Spring 2023 Issue of Folyosó

Folyosó came out on Monday—the third anniversary issue—but I delayed the announcement for a day, because I was trying to resolve an SSL certificate problem. First the host company said they had fixed it and I should give it 24-72 hours to resolve. After 24 hours, I contacted them again; apparently it hadn’t been fixed yet, because they fixed it immediately.

Then, after announcing it and all, I noticed a boldface error on the main page but couldn’t correct it all day, since I didn’t have the login information with me and couldn’t retrieve it remotely. I fixed it upon returning home, and all was well.

Yes, the journal has been in existence for three years! And while it takes a lot of work at many stages (recruiting, selecting, editing, formatting the pieces; finding the cover art; setting up each issue; planning and holding international contests; sending out annoucements; and more), I know it is worthwhile, not only for the students, but for the sake of literature itself. There are treasures in here—with imperfections, surprises, boldnesses. When editing the pieces, I try to fix errors but do not interfere much with the style, since I want this to remain the students’ work. Considering, also, that they are writing not in their native language, but in English, I welcome the idiosyncrasies, the expressions that a native speaker might not say but that flash with energy. “Heeeeey! Can you hear me, you toy-freak pianist?” is one of my favorite exclamations in this issue (from Lilla Kassai’s story “The Missing Piece“). When has anyone ever called anyone a “toy-freak pianist”? Let this be the first.

I was delighted both last fall and this spring, when two students whom I have never taught individually submitted poems. Milán Galics’s “Season of Death” appeared in the fall issue, and Zalán Nagykovácsi’s “Silent Reflection” in this one. I could say a lot about what I like in each poem, but I’ll leave this to the reader to discover. Then again, I can’t resist. Here’s the penultimate stanza of “Silent Reflection”:

My thoughts, like ripples in a pond,
Are soft and gentle, and then they’re gone.
As I am lost in this moment of peace,
A short time that will never cease.

As I pointed out to my students yesterday, the stanza ends with a paradox, “A short time that will never cease”—which resembles the ripples, instantaneous but spreading outward, vanishing but somehow never going away. The paradox becomes part of the meaning of the whole poem. But there is much more! Read the whole thing.

Many of the pieces speak to students’ dilemmas and preoccupations: Lili Forgács’s story “What Is Always Coming, but Never Arrives” depicts a contestant in a game show who is bewildered by a particular question that seems to have more than one correct answer. How many times has something similar happened to students, to anyone? We see more than one correct answer but are expected to satisfy someone’s premise that there is only one.

I must run, so that is all.

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    Diana Senechal is the author of Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture and the 2011 winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Her second book, Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in October 2018. In April 2022, Deep Vellum published her translation of Gyula Jenei's 2018 poetry collection Mindig Más.

    Since November 2017, she has been teaching English, American civilization, and British civilization at the Varga Katalin Gimnázium in Szolnok, Hungary. From 2011 to 2016, she helped shape and teach the philosophy program at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering in New York City. In 2014, she and her students founded the philosophy journal CONTRARIWISE, which now has international participation and readership. In 2020, at the Varga Katalin Gimnázium, she and her students released the first issue of the online literary journal Folyosó.


    On April 26, 2016, Diana Senechal delivered her talk "Take Away the Takeaway (Including This One)" at TEDx Upper West Side.

    Here is a video from the Dallas Institute's 2015 Education Forum.  Also see the video "Hiett Prize Winners Discuss the Future of the Humanities." 

    On April 19–21, 2014, Diana Senechal took part in a discussion of solitude on BBC World Service's programme The Forum.  

    On February 22, 2013, Diana Senechal was interviewed by Leah Wescott, editor-in-chief of The Cronk of Higher Education. Here is the podcast.


    All blog contents are copyright © Diana Senechal. Anything on this blog may be quoted with proper attribution. Comments are welcome.

    On this blog, Take Away the Takeaway, I discuss literature, music, education, and other things. Some of the pieces are satirical and assigned (for clarity) to the satire category.

    When I revise a piece substantially after posting it, I note this at the end. Minor corrections (e.g., of punctuation and spelling) may go unannounced.

    Speaking of imperfection, my other blog, Megfogalmazások, abounds with imperfect Hungarian.

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