Literary publications make new marks in politics, music

By Helen Schmidt Making the newest marks on the Tufts literary scene are PostScript and Melisma, a political journal and music magazine, respectively. While PostScript is breaking ground as a new politically-focused publication for independent opinions, Melisma was founded in 2004, but is recreating itself with a new emphasis on music. Both publications, however, seek to fill gaps in the literary scene that its members see at Tufts. “[PostScript] is a political magazine,” Austin Berg, a senior and one of the founders of PostScript, said. “It came out of there not being any alternative political voice at Tufts besides dominant, ‘progressive’ discourse, and I think a lot of kids were frustrated by that — that they didn’t have a place where they could voice opinions in a supportive environment.” While PostScript hopes to provide an environment for open political discussion, Melisma hopes to cover Tufts bands and the local music scene, according to Rebecca Sanai, managing editor of Melisma. “The music scene at Tufts seemed to be dying down for the past few years,” she said. “There were less shows on campus and fewer opportunities for student groups to get exposure. We wanted to showcase that Tufts really has an amazing music scene; although it’s small, there are people who are interested. If we bring attention to it, it will only benefit the music community in general.” PostScript currently exists only as an online forum, but will be releasing its first print edition before the end of this semester. According to Berg, the articles featured in the magazine will focus largely on political discussion, aiming to establish the journal’s presence on campus. “We’ve got an article on tuition increases [and] there’s an article on political dialogue at Tufts, which makes sense because it’s the first issue of a publication designed to foster better political dialogue at Tufts,” Berg said. “[There are] a lot of different perspectives. There’s nothing specifically in this issue that would be called conservative; it’s mostly independent [perspectives].” Read the full article here: http://www.tuftsdaily.com/features/literary-publications-make-new-marks-in-politics-music-1.2865981

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