By Anna Lipari

So we threw away the dirty spoon. Please don’t be upset with me, editors-past; I know it had become a landmark, that it had been sitting in the second drawer of the desk in the B&S office since before I ever attended Grinnell College, a symbol of all our endearing quirks. But it was really gross, cemented to the bottom of the metal cabinet by years-old grime and hogging valuable drawer space. So when I walked this year’s new editors, Gabby and Dale, through the office, I didn’t object to their offer to help clean things up. Together, we sorted through years-old pitch lists and layout drafts. There was some really choice content in there; I hope you don’t mind if we update some of it and reincorporate it into future publications. And I really hope you don’t mind that we threw the spoon directly into the garbage. 

Maybe the demise of the spoon is just as symbological as its existence. Maybe it is a reawakening, a rebirth, an out-with-the-old that heralds great new things to come. The B&S has, admittedly, been limping along the past few years after the pandemic shut publishing down and a new set of editors scrambled to pick up the pieces without any orientation or guidance. I’ll be the first to confess that I didn’t exactly choose to be an editor. I didn’t have any experience laying out papers or designing websites, and there’s very little I enjoy less than phone calls with publishing companies and meetings about hiring and paperwork. I’d have been content to just write my articles in peace. But I couldn’t write for the B&S without someone running it, so Alexa and I did our best to bring the publication back to life. I do think the B&S is an important tool for Grinnell students. It can be a place to engage in creative, collaborative work; to invite humor and levity; to express our concerns, fears, and frustrations. Besides, who else can say they get paid directly by the college to make lewd jokes and write nasty caricatures of administration? 

I hope I have done well, for all my faults. I’m a little worried that removing the spoon might have triggered some sort of ancient curse laid by a past editor whose interest in the occult secrets of Grinnell went a little beyond the satirical, a dark spell signaled only by the air of undue reverence that my predecessors always gave the spoon, despite the fact that they long ago lost track of the reason why it deserved such caution. But if that’s the case, at least we’ll get some really good articles out of it.