Thursday, January 31, 2013

Re.Doubt1 is A Go

Belfort and Bastion is pleased to announce that it has just published the first issue of Re.Doubt, a collection of the new works from writers, poets, photographers, and other artists.

There will be several of Re.Doubts before all is done and said. This, the first, includes works by Elgador, Tristan Gans, Michael Jay Tucker, Robert Folkner, Jeff Russell, Jadee, Martha Trudeau Tucker, DeWayne Fisher, and Victor Storiguard.

So, check it out at Amazon.

In the meantime, here's the introductory chapter: Re.Doubt issue one.

What is it?

Briefly, Re.Doubt is a series of books, eachcontaining a number of short, evocative pieces. These may be short stories, essays, poems, photographs, drawings, paintings?

And why is it being published?

Re.Doubt is meant to be a place young artists, new artists, older artists who may wish to tread the line of transgression, and others can go to see their work in (electronic) print. We mean to offer such people a platform from which to disclaim.

Even if, particularly if, their message may have been before ignored.

And what is the significance of the name?

Partly, we are simply being silly. A redoubt is a stronghold, a fortification. And that fits with our name, Belfort and Bastion, which just happens to sound a bit similar._

And, too, we like to thing our contributors are "redoubtable" souls.

And that's all?

No. One more thing. We call it Re.Doubt because the goal of these books is to cast doubt on the official versions, the accepted wisdom, the comfortably familiar if false. We want to offer alternatives, either to prevalent interpretations of events or to the status quo of artistic expression.

But the "Re" in front of "Doubt."

Because, ironically, in this revisionist world of ours, it is the duty of the innovator to cast doubt upon doubt itself.

Come again?

Sometimes it is important, good, and moral to cast doubt upon what governments and media tell us or on what societies believe. To say that, for example, the war in Vietnam was not good, in spite of what Washington told us, was one of the great achievements of America in the 1960s.

But there are times and places where casting doubt becomes itself destructive. To deny the Holocaust, to oppose vaccines (and thus endanger the lives of not only your own children but those of others), to say that a President was born in Kenya in spite of all evidence to the contrary, to claim that the horrific murders of children in mass shootings never happened?

In those places, the iconoclast is evil.

Thus, we doubt doubt itself. We re-doubt.

And is it time to begin?

We think so.

Then hush. And we shall turn the page.

Thursday, January 17, 2013