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SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 1922 - THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE
"BR 00M0 "9{ A New Magazine, Published
in Italy by AmericansA
(Continued from Page 5) "This matter of our inception is lished fact. Its value as a publication
her first decade of a generation that rather difficult to place. There were must depend upon the contributors.
deliberately, consciously, by means of a good many pipes smoked and a lot We feel that we have done our part inti eo im i r
concerted action and creation, strikes of loose talk. Suddenly a little white offering them a beautiful surrounding.
out upon the paths of cultural life," circular went out to acquaintances But space grows short. To sum up,
says she. and friends saying that we proposed to I may say that I think that "Broom,"
David O'Neill ends the number with inaugurate a free and open magazine from.the standpoint of literature, is
a little verse about "The New Broom." for the arts, without any propaganda splendid. I am for it. Its Italian ad-
As I scanned the lines I read "Cosmic of our own, but for everyone else's dress is 18, Trinita del Monti, Rome:
Broom" and promptly gagged. isms and ists. There was a good deal the New York office is 3, east Nfntu
The "art" in the magazine is not of enthusiasm and a second little pros- street. Now I think I shall send them
worth looking at. Like nine-tenths of pectus. More enthusiasm-and a few a bill for advertising services.
the cubistic, futuristic stuff, or what- subscriptions of five dollars per. Last But, as I conclude, through fire and
ever one chooses to call it, it is too June, Kreymborg and Loeb sailed for flood* and many days late, comes the(
vile even for the gutter. In this re- Havre. They spent a month in Paris December issue of "Broom" and with
spect "Broom" was well named. I and another month in the north of it a letter of explanation. The Decem-
think that most of its decoration was Italy, and finally landed in Rome with ber issue was run off just ahead of a
done with a broom, with garbage for a lot of manuscript, photographs, and general strike in Rome, and there was
pigment, with a butcher's block for a offers of co-operation from everyone the devil and all to pay to get it ve-
palette, with a chimney-sweep for an in sight. There Prezzolini, a protege hicled to Naples. In fact, this bit of
artist, and with the good Zeus knows of Croce and leader of the younger villany, this hiring of a convepance,
what for a studio! The models, I Italy, publisher of the defunct "Voce," put the editors in a bad light with
think, must have been entirely absent. gave his help in the actual production every waiter, hack driver, street
Yet I am curious about the psychol- of a m gazine." sweeper and newsboy in Rome. -wills
ogy lying behind such "art." In brief, Speaking about the 'reasons for pub- '?h shipment of magazines missed advanta
why is it accepted? I think it is be- lishing "Broom" in Italy, the letter its boat by the length of a gangplank, sparkli
cause of the herdishness of the quasi- enumerates the following points. "1. and the boat it did get was delayed a
lovers of all seven of the arts. The Printing in Europe is cheaper than in week by stormy weather and lack of a
perpetrators of such disgusting stuff America. It is better in Italy than place to dock when it arrived. But
are not 'entirely to bl'ame. That they elsewhere, with the possible exception here "Broom" is, just as I was fear-
have no delicacy of touch, no fineness of Germany. 2. Ihe Americans are in- ing that it had turned corpse. I have
of perspective, no appreciation of terested in foreign work. 3. The edi- not yet had time to read it, but "I have
beauty; is not their fault. They ram tors hope for a wider perspective. 4. little doubt as to its contents. Among
their bizarre and ugly posh into the Rome offered the most favorable print- the contributors are Sherwood Ander-
gullible because it is easily done. They ing facilities, and is besides the center son, Conrad Aiken, Walter de la Mare,
work on the principle that it is easier of Italian intellectual activity. 5. The and Vachel Lindsay.
to win fame and name with unsound format, of necessity, tollows the Ital- - There is a slight improvement in -
work than it is with sound work, but ian tradition. The paper is Italian, the pictures, but nothing to speak of.
more important, it furnishes them the cover is of the famous Fabriano- The best by far is one showing a group
with immediate bread and contraband famous for centuries. of nuns going into a church; rather
booze. "The choice of material to be print- realistic; they look like a string of Si
I have tried not to be prejudiced ed is difficult to make. We cannot af- ducks going to the trough. The worst
against the "artists." Many a time, ford to pay high prices; the familiar is entitled "The Young Sailor." It is -are
in the deep of the night, have I pon- American magazine is primarily an by Rockwell Kent and is in the Daniel lingerie
dered over their expression, It is hor- advertising medium and able to pay Gallery of New York. I know of noth- has sta
rible, but then, so it is with many real- its contributors well. American auth- ing more idiotic and disgusting, of bloomer
istic masterpieces. But not even real- ors looked upon our venture, perhaps, nothing with less art to it, with less
ism, with its inner and basic beauty, as a delightful wild-cat scheme. For- expression. It probably isn't as stupid
is expressed on the papyrus and can- eigners take their delights more ser- as'its author, but it can hardly be of
vas of the neo-daubers. Their work, Sously. There is the difficulty of se- less value to the world.
In the main, is amorphous flub-dub. I curing adequate translations( which On the inside of the back cover as
can appreciate the unrealistic if it be is an art in itself), and there is the an advertisement for "Broom." If the
beautiful, for that is its only excuse added difficult yto the foreign work in magazine is going to run this sort of
for being. I can like the horrible if finding the interesting men. The men stuff it might as well'accept commer-
it be reaNstic. The "art" in Broom is of obvious value are already printed cial advertising and have done with
neither beautiful nor realistic. It is and well known. Of the men less it. The "Broom" advertisement is no
trash. known, the most undesirable are al- better than Chesterfield cigarette lit-
Concerning the establishment of ways most ready to push themselves erature, "with apologies to K. C. ,B."
"Broom," I quote portions of a letter forward. By this paragraph I mean to As I said several hundred words
from one of the staff: show that "Broom" is, not an accomp- back, space grows short.

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