Prompted by a kind rejection from Diagram Magazine, I wandered over to their page to poke around through their new issue. Josh Bell’s essay, “What Do You Think About My Epigraph?” caught my eye.
Bell’s piece opens with the following epigraph by Lucretius: “It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the wind is dashing the waves about, to sit on shore and watch the struggles of another.” The line sucked me in with juicy expectations of drama and violence and voyeurism, but Bell dashed all my hopes and rebuilt them anew. The essay is an incredible and playful meditation on epigraphs and their history, and it is provocative and thoughtful from beginning to end. I highly recommend it!