Each signature may be linked to the others by up to 53 thematic connections. Some are common to many signatures; others highlight unusual, yet notable, associations and interests. Friendships are not represented because so many signers were friends. Go to "The Bohemians" to view and interact with all 53 connections.
Individuals who founded, edited, or made an otherwise significant contribution to this publishing genre are marked with this tag. Writers who contributed work to such magazines are not. These diverse publications were generally produced by writers and other creative artists for each other and a relatively small group of outside readers. They were the first place of publication for many of the greatest works of the modernist literary canon. They also hold the work of those whose names have been forgotten--poets, fiction writers, critics, playwrights, and others whose writing was read alongside works such as the poems of Marianne Moore, chapters of James Joyce's Ulysses, and so on. Some little magazines represented in this exhibition, such as Playboy and the Quill, were aimed specifically at a Greenwich Village audience; surviving copies are rare. A bemused reporter visiting the Village from Oregon in 1922 described the Village's little magazines to his hometown audience as follows: "Every villager will tell you that the soul of this unique colony is best expressed by the bizarre, tantalizing freaks in paper and printer's ink in which free verse, cubistic paintings and ultra-violet sex fiction gives expression to what the villagers like to believe is their tortured, psychic and mystical selves."