Name of Student Commentator Savannah Robert
Description: Aspect Magazine vol. 11, issue 62, May-June, 1975à volume right?
Creators list Edward J. Hogan, Jeff Schwartz, Ellen Schwartz, M. T. Buckley, Christine Smith, Jeffrey Katz, Barbara A. Holland, Sterling Kelly Webb, Andrew Darlington, Doris Wight, Joan Colby, Dennis Nicholas Hoppin, Karen Solstad, and Rick Smith, Marjorie Masel, Roger Camp, Frank J. Jones, Robie Darche, Bettina Barrett,
Contributors Edward J. Hogan, Jeff Schwartz, and Ellen Schwartz, Jean Segaloff.
Publisher Aspect/ Zephyr Press
Description This volume of Aspect magazine is titled Aspect: Poetry, Fiction, Politics. A drawing of a two cylindrical shaped buildings with windmills seem to be set on a rocky shore, on the green front page. It is edited by Edward J. Hogan, Jeff Schwartz, and Ellen Schwartz and also includes artwork from Jean Segaloff. This issue contains fifty-two pages, held together by two stapes. The inside cover contains a table of contents with the type of writing followed by the authors and page numbers associated under that category.
This issue contains poetry from M. T. Buckley, Christine Smith, Jeffrey Katz, Barbara A. Holland, Sterling Kelly Webb, Andrew Darlington, Doris Wight, Joan Colby, Dennis Nicholas Hoppin, Karen Solstad, and Rick Smith. It contains art work from Jean Segaloff, Marjorie Masel, Roger Camp, and one anonymous piece that was with permission from the Manchester Central Library. This piece is a photograph taken by a freelance photographer in Manchester, England.
This issue has two essays, the first is titled Corliss, Master of Power by Frank J. Jones. This brief piece offers a point of view into mechanical engineer, George H. Corliss’ power and public influence due to his invention, the steam engine in the mid-1800s. The next essay, Winning in the Sierras by Robie Darche, is a bit longer. It discusses the position of women in casinos as changegirls and cocktail waitresses, with discussion of keymen as well. Another version of this piece is also found in Canadian Woman’s magazine, BRANCHING OUT.
A description and method of treating “Sore Nipples” from Dr. Willich’s Domeftic Encyclopedia is found, as well as a place to order Edcentric Magazine. Another advertisement for a monthly newsletter named Recon is included on the back page.
Some brief works of fiction are included including Paradise, by Gudanowska and Karla in the Dark, by Bettina Barrett. Politics include Bureaucracy, Reform, and Intervention in Czechoslovakia. This is by George Shaw Wheeler, Lawrence Hill & Co, and focuses on events during 1968, including the goals of Czechoslovakian reformers and economics.
In News titles such as “Granite Suit”, “Montreal Writers’ Cooperative: Imaginative Space”, “100 Flowers Closes”, “Aspect Benefit,” are included prior to a letter-to-the-editor. Ellen Schwartz reviewed Final Analysis by Lois Gould and Jane by Dee Wells.
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Maybe it is because I am an American, but a defensive wall shot up while reading pieces of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. “In what Spirit the Americans Cultivate the Arts,” the American culture was attacked. Tocqueville picked apart American culture, but focused only on several specified aspects. He included example after example sharing why the aristocracy was good and the democracy was bad, and he refused to stop to question or look at this view from another angle. While he does create many valid points, the negative portrayal, should make one question the point of view he is coming from. Most likely, born into a rich aristocratic family, the benefits of a democracy do not appear as lucrative to him as they would seem to individuals of another class.
Tocqueville expresses that “in democracies there is always a multitude of persons whose wants are above their means and who are very willing to take up with imperfect satisfaction rather than abandon the object of their desires altogether,” but is this really a bad characteristic in society? Perhaps the definition of what these members in American society value has changed. Certainly the social structure is different, but so is the way of life. For example, technological advancements were starting to grow with more speed. Tocqueville’s sentence could be rewritten as “in democracies there is always a multitude of persons who’s striving to reach above their means and who are very willing to take up happiness with imperfection than chase their desires forever.” The value of nice things may have appeared to have dropped, but in all reality, the importance of these things in society may have changed.
Similarly in “Literary Characteristics of Democratic Times,” political pamphlets are expressed as a negative aspect, however it is just a reflection of the time period. Tocqueville is not incorrect in his assessment of what may be found in an American library, but the fact that few texts have been written by American authors at this point should not be alarming. Political pamphlets benefited many members of society, not just the wealthy members. For many years, literacy was something only for the upper class, without proper systems of education, the working class did not have a reason, or the means to learn. It adds up that lengthy texts were not created for an American audience as the majority of readers had no need and could not afford these texts. Political pamphlets along with many short stories and newspapers would have provided a much more valuable source of information to a majority of readers. Tocqueville does try to get into the mind of a literary individual within a democracy versus an aristocrat but again, the standard he appears to believe in does not have any room for individuals of lesser education.
Ralph Waldo Emerson seems to indirectly display an opposing view in his essay “History”. Here he displays an understanding between history and memory. It is interesting to consider Tocqueville within a class other than his own. If he had spent significant time with the very Americans who he seemed to disagree with at every turn, would he have written the same way? “What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know,” Emerson wrote in “History,” and perhaps this line would change the way of thinking for Tocqueville.