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"BR R ) i" A New Magazine, Published
in Italy by Americans
(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 in
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 Italan ad-I
As I scanned the lines I read "Cosmic of our own, but for everyone else's dress is 18, Trinita dei lonti, Rome:
Broom" and promptly gagged. isms and ists. There was a good deal the New York office is 3, east Nima,
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 her 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 hieled to Naples. In fact, this bit oft
artist, aced with the good Zeus knows of Croce and leader of the younger villany, this hiring of a convepance,i
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 magazine." sweeper and newsboy in Rome.
ogy lying behind such "art." In brief, Speaking about the reasons for pub- h shipment of magazines missed!
why is it accepted? I think it is be- lishing "Broom" in Italy, the letter its boat by the length of a gangplank,'
cause of the herdishness of the quasi- enumerates the following points. "I- and the boat it did get was delayed a
lovers of all seven of the arts The Printing in Europe is cheaper t.lan in week by stormy weather and lack of a
perpetrators of such disgusting stufft Americe. It is better in Italy than place to dock when it arrived. Bet
are not entirely to blame. 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. The 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 ihome offered the most favorable print- the contributors are Sherwood Ander-
gullible because it is easily done. They ieg facilities, and is besides the center son, Conrad Aiken, Walter de la Mare,
work on the principle that it is easier of Italian intellectual actieity. 5. The and Vachel Lindsay.
to win fame and name with unsound' format, of necessity, follows the Ital- There is a slight improvement in
work than it is wilh sound work, but ien 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:
I have tried not to be prejudied 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
in the deep of the night, have I pon- American magazine is primarily an by Rockwell Kent and is in the Daniel
dered over their expression. It is bor- advertising medium and able to paay Gallery of New York. I know of noth-1
rible, but then, so it is with many real- its contributors well. American auth- ing more idiotic and disgusting, of
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-i as its author, but it can hardly be of
vas of the neo-daubers. Their work, iously. 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 to5j 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 realistic. 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. I knowil, 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."1
"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: I show that "Broom" is not an accomp- back, space grows short.
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The new year offers you a clean slate. How are you going to handle your
financial matters? Perhaps you have been a little lax in the past. If so, -
this is a good time to check up on yourself. Beginning with the new year,
why not keep a businesslike account) of your money matters? ,
RESOURCES - OVER $5,000,000.00
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An "After
Silk Hosiery
-will show off to much better
advantage new satin pumps and
sparkling gift buckles.
Silk Undergarments
-are necessary to complete
lingerie sets which some friend
has started with her present of
bloomers or a samisole.
Neckwear Sets
-prove convenient when one
has received .a gift sweater that
lacks touches of white at throat
and wrists.
D a n c e Frocks,
Afternoon Gowns
At suh reductions gift money
may well be spent on a pretty
frock for the many winter so-
cial events.

Liberty at Main


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