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Northern Tyranny December 5, 2016

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

A few days ago, as I was getting the last bit of copy together for the quarterly journal I edit, I began thinking about how odd it is that quarterly issues are often named for seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall/autumn) and how limiting that is—I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to have readers in another hemisphere, where it is not that season at all?

Then Mali posted again today, in part, about the tyranny of northern traditions this time of year (and she refers back to this post as well). And I am back to wondering why we don’t simply call the issue Volume 43, Number 1, which we do, instead of feeling the need to also call it Winter 2017?

This isn’t simply a northern tradition, is it, Mali? I assume Summer 2017 quarterly journals are about to drop in New Zealand come January.



1. Mali - December 7, 2016

I was going to say that I think we use months rather than seasons. Then I checked a journal online to see it referred to its latest issue as the Spring 2016 issue. So yes, you’re right. Though maybe I need to conduct some more research!

indigobunting - December 7, 2016

I am guessing it’s the same—which makes me feel slightly better.

2. Dona - December 8, 2016

I agree with you IB — we should not use seasons. Let’s start a petition!

3. Helen - December 10, 2016

I’m all for clinging to the seasons, while they still exist in the non-equatorial countries.

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