DOUBLE BLIND PERSONA EPISTOLARY COLLABORATIONS BY ISSUE 3 CONTRIBUTORS...
We said, to partners randomly coupled from the contributor stable: Consider yourselves introduced semi-properly. It is now appropriate to commence correspondence regarding the nature of persona, from behind your chosen persona. Use our e-mail address as a conduit, we said. Preserve your anonymity. Prepare, we said, for a temporary reinvention. Please do not make references which may reveal your true identity. Please do not mention this assignment in your blog or other social networking tool. The internet is a many-eyed beast.
We said to them, Remember, please: you are not yourself here.*
We said, You may like to talk to your correspondent about the histories of masks in tribal cultures. You may like to talk about anonymity in the digital age. You may like to talk about the many variables of language, regional patterns of speech, Cleveland's favorite preposition. You may like to talk about imaginary friends who make art when you're not looking. We suggested, You may like to talk about how Superman is a subpar journalist. No one took us up on that. Remember, please, we typed with our careful editorial hands: we are all the same height in the dark.
Fireworks then commenced, and went on for a long time:
A, Meet B by Nicholas Ripatrazone & J.A. Gaye
C, Meet D by J.A. Tyler & Chelsea McKelvey
I, Meet J by Megan McShea & Brian Oliu
K, Meet L by Amelia Colette Jones & Ben Nardolilli
*Note that grammatical and spelling errors may wend themselves through these works -- persona and persons being imperfect and all. We elected to keep our hands off the text when the intent was such imperfection.