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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1965

THE MICHIGAN DAILY FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1965

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Of set Offers Portrait of

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Generation: Showcase for'U'Artists

By MICHAEL HANDELMAN
Offset Editor, 1965-66
The Offset Perspective is a
magazine published by University
students under the advisory ca-
pacity of the Honors Council.
Membership on the magazine's
staff is not restricted to Honors
students. Though its present staff
consists mostly of Honors stu-
dents, all students are eligible.
Last semester's issue of the Off-
set Perspective was the first of a
new wide-spectrum journal which
will be published in coming years
at the University.
There is a need at the Univer-
sity for such a magazine. Many
schools and departments of the
University publish pamphlets or
contribute to the literature of
their respective fields, but a place
for all the scholarly and informa-
tive products of the University to,
represent' themselves together to
a nonspecialized audience has
heretofore been unavailable.
Worthwhile Work
Offset has tried to offer a fair
amount of space to students and
scholars to present whatever of
their academic work might be
worthwhile to the community.
Articles rdescribing some of the
work that has been done by the
faculty have been offered, and
more will be offered in the future.
Informative articles prepared by
or with the cooperation of our
staff about various aspects of Uni-
versity activities will form a sub-
stantial part of each issue, and
creative work done by faculty and
students will be presented.
Little Known
Much of the work done by re-
searchers at the University is
known only to their colleagues or
readers of the professional jour-
nals. Results of the work are avail-
able in the literature of the re-
spective fields, but on the whole
knowledge of the accomplish-
ments of University scholarship
is limited.
This would seem to come to be
of necessity the case, but in Ann

By DAVID BIRCH
Generation Editor, 1965-66
Generation, the University of
Michigan inter-arts magazine, be-
gins its 17th year of continuous
publication this fall.
The scope of the magazine is
broad, encompassing all creative
areas both within and without the
University community - from
sculpture, painting, and etching,
to photographic essays, architec-
tural innovations, and social and
literary criticism.
Potry.fiction dramaessays and
art however, are the magazine's
mainstays and areas in which con-
stant interest is maintained. The
majority of the magazine's con-
tributions come from graduate and
undergraduate students of the
University-but here as in many
cases, there is no hard and fast
rule; good material is accepted for
publication from anyone, any-
where.
8000 Copies
Publishing 2000 copies an issue,
four issues a year, Generation has
one of the largest readerships of
any "little magazine." In spite of
the pressures from various quar-
ters, Generation has not succumb-
ed to being all things to all peo-
ple, nor has it attempted to pub-
lish younger writers simply be-
cause they shout they are younger
writers.
The magazine's policy has been
and will remain to aim at excel-
lence and diversity, to bridge the
gap between artist and audience
and form a viable link of com-
munication, dialogue.

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An Offset Survey Says University Women Want More Protection

Arbor we have a perhaps largely
unappreciated o p p o r t u n i t y to
make use of the readily available
sources to offer a compendium of
what is being thought and done
at the University.
Such a compendium need not be
overly specialized to be informa-
tive, and all but the most ab-
stract of offerings are of some
interest to large segments of the
community. We hope to publish
a few articles in each issue about
current or recently completed
work in various fields.
Second Opportunity
A second unique opportunity of-
fered by a large and prominent
University is that of seeing at first

hand the relationship between
scholarship and the community at
large.
This, too should be the province
of a wide spectrum publication
and we will try to give one sub-
ject the treatment which is pos-
sible only in a community such as
ours.
Creative work in the form of
fiction, poetry and essays is an
important adjunct of scholarship
and material of this nature will
also find space in our publication.
Exposition
These fields are open for expo-
sition to our community and show
all the greater promise for being
so long neglected.

Offset will try to open them to
our audience; this must be the
function of any publication which
seeks to present a broad view of
the University.
To this end, future issues will
contain articles by students and
faculty about their work, articles
about the University and its func-
tions, and fiction, poetry, essays
and drama. This material will ap-
pear as articles specially prepared
by faculty, students and our staff,
as contributions collected at large,
and as material which is shortly
to be published in books and jour-
nals. It will form a portrait of the
University and what occurs in and
because of it.

Pulitzer Prize Winner John Berryman Reads His Poetry

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Generation sees itself in addi- (avante-gard or not) often do sim-
tion ,as speaking to intelligent ilarly.
people of wide areas of learning, To the freshman interested in
people who do not wish to be the broad area of publication,
talked down to, preached to, nor Generation offers many things.
forced to read what the faculty Young writers and artists become
cannot publish elsewhere. A liter- acquainted with a Senior Staff
ary magazine, Generation does not that can provide individual assist-
fashion itself as hyper-literary or ance, people who can give con-
exclusively literate; it is an "inter- cerned interest and valid criti-
arts" magazine as well. cism.
Magazine Structure This year will see an innova-
Any "little magazine" invariably tion, two regular magazine "sem-
finds itself being directed and inars" each month: the one with
run by a small group of highly a member of the faculty interested
energetic, highlygdevoted souls. in the arts (Donald Hall, Konstan-
This is not to say that there is a tinos Lardas, Tony Stoneburner),
"clique," a literary "power elite," the other with one or more of the
or anything of the sort. It eim- senior editors. The. purpose of
ply means that a Little Magazine these seminars will be to aid and
does not lend itself by its very instruct new members of the mag-
nature to "democratic" operation. azine's staff. It is hoped that this
Again, this is not to imply that Fill in many ways, compensate for
by its operation it overtly ex- the fact that the magazine's poli-
cludes people, or that in its pub- cy (its only hard-nosed one) pre-
lication it overtly excludes people. cludes publication by a contribu-
In the last two years, a continuum tor simply because he is on the
of literary taste, age, educational staff. He can be published, but
background, creative abilities, has only if his work warrants publi-
been formed by the crux of the cation.
magazine's staff, the Senior Edi- Through its contacts, the maga-
tors zine can also acquaint the new
And a similar continuum has student with other writers and
been evident in the content of the artists, new materials, perspectives
magazines over that same period and creative techniques.
-from Emily Dickenson and exis- Operation
tentialism to the most formally- For the less "creative," Genera-
constructed lyrics and short stor- tion is the means by which the
ies. organization, construction, and
The Senior Editors are usually operation of a Little Magazine can
10 in number, seniors and gradu- be learned. For those considering
ate students who formulate policy a publishing career or a career in
collectively and decide individual- similar fields, training on the
ly, in each of their areas, what magazine will prove invaluable ex-
shall be published. perience.
Each editor has complete au- Sharing- the Student Publica-
tonomy in his or her area, yet this tions physical facilities with The
does not preclude tastes different Daily, The Michiganensian, and
from the editor; John F. Kennedy Gargoyle, publishing is no vicar-
appointed a conservative, Byron ious experience. The physical plant
"Whizzer" White to the Supreme includes five linotypes, an elec-
Court; Generation poetry editors tric proof press, and thousands of

dollars worth of various types and
printing materials.
Staff members learn the entire
process of magazine publishing,
from editing the original copy for
typesetting, proofreading, making
reproduction proofs, to directing
printing and designing cover and
binding.
The mechanics and aesthetics of
ad composition, copy layout and
cover design, and the less intri-
cate perhaps, but no less impor-
tant tasks of advertising, poster
distribution, sales, and bookkeep-
ing become familiar to each staff
member, though each concentrates
on one or at most, two areas.
Book Publishing
This year, staff members will
also be able to become acquainted
with the field of book publishing
as the Generation New Poet Se-
ries project nears completion.
Three books of poems have already
been set, published and distributed
--a fourth remains. And in addi-
tion, "open sale" copies must be
sold. The hard-bound books have
involved large-scale printing, pro-
motion, and distribution.
For the new staff member in-
terested in this area, an oppor-
tunity rarely open to even those
in the book industry - learning
all the areas of production:

typography, binding, jacket de-
sign, advertising on a national
basis-will be open.
Generation offers a great deal
more than its office or printing
plant implies. Through its activi-
ties in sponsoring poetry readings
by students and lesser-known po-
ets, as well as folk concerts-the
influence of the magazine is felt.
This year's superb Creative Arts
Festival by the University Activi-
ties Center with three major poets
-Robert. Penn Warren, Robert
Lowell, and the current Pulitzer-
Prize winner, John Berryman -
was made possible, in part,
through the services and facilities
of Generation. Thus, the intertsts
of the magazine are not centered
upon furthering its own import-
ance, but rather, in increasing by
itself and in cooperation with oth-
er student organizations, the cul-
tural wealth that makes the Uni-
versity of Michigan what it is.
This, too, is another opportunity
for new staff members.
The first meeting for Genera-
tion, Volume Seventeen, will take
place the second Wednesday of
school in the Generation Office,
Student Publications Building
(next to the SAB), 420 Maynard,
at eight in the evening. Old and
new members invited.

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