By: Conrad Dahm

Grinnell College is home to two starkly different literary publications: the B&S, a totally real newspaper that publishes only the finest stories, and the S&B, a publication that publishes “satire.” There are a few people on campus who work for both publications, and I am one of them. We are conflicted writers. Now you may ask yourself “what does that mean?” Well, I’m not really sure because I do enjoy writing for both papers but I have to like one more right? This article will be short and I will do my best to answer that question.

First and foremost, being a conflicted writer is not easy. Many a lunch I’ve sat by myself on the upper floor of the dining hall wondering about my decisions. “Why do I write for both? I need to make a decision.” Yet I never do. I always keep writing for both even though my editors constantly tell me to choose. How can you do that? How can you make a writer choose? Maybe I want to write for both! Why can’t the editors accept that?

A long time ago, both newspapers used to get along. Yet now, the publications’ office is nothing but a desolate land of old papers and label makers. There is no peace between the two. You would think both editors would speak but they don’t. Why can’t we all get along? Grinnell publications should talk with each other face-to-face, not leave angry notes written in faded newspapers from 30 years ago.

That is why I am making my decision. I must choose a publication because being a conflicted writer is not good for my mental health. With this, I declare that I choose Grinnell Magazine. You know, that one they have up at the mailroom? Why did I choose it? Idk honestly. I just can’t be a conflicted writer anymore.