Editor’s Notes & Cover Art

About the Cover

Our cover design features a photograph by Mariana Cook titled “Hagar Qim Temple, Malta.”

Mariana Cook’s photographic study of stone walls inspired her to travel the world in search of ancient stone structures in Britain, Ireland, the Mediterranean, Peru, New England, and Kentucky.

The temple of Hagar Qim is believed to be the world’s oldest man-made structure still in existence, built between 3600 and 3200 B.C. (older than Stonehenge). The masonry techniques used around the Mediterranean coast are nearly unchanged since the Neolithic era.

Cook’s exquisite photographs are reproduced in her book Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries (Damiani Editore, 2011) with a letter from Wendell Berry.

Mariana Cook is the last protégée of Ansel Adams. Her masterful photographs of people both in and out of the public eye have been widely published and exhibited. Her newest book, Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution, was published this year.

Her works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Getty Museum, the Bibliotheque National, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and more. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

© 2011 Mariana Cook

Editor’s Notes

In compliance with FDA regulations, The Kenyon Review here presents its annual protocol for the safe implementation of this product, its active and inactive ingredients, and the possible effects on your physical and mental health:

Directions for Safe and Appropriate Use

Active ingredients (in each dose):

Purpose
Surprise
Engagement
Delight
Emotional pleasure
Masterfulness
Admiration (if noticed)
Wit
Laughter
Human insight
Mindfulness

Uses

For the temporary (yet oddly lingering) relief of:

  • Hunger for intellectual and emotional stimulation
  • Curiosity
  • Boredom
  • Listlessness
  • Television overdose
  • Beach overdose
  • Traffic overdose
  • Talking-heads overdose.

Do not use

  • While driving
  • While making love
  • While diapering an infant
  • If you suffer from laughter or wonderment dysfunction (supplements may be available)

Ask a doctor before use if you have

  • Acute lack of perspective
  • Collapsed powers of judgment
  • Mad cow disease
  • Too much unfinished homework due in the morning

Possible side effects

  • Addiction likely after even moderate use
  • May be sleep-inducing
  • May be sleep-inhibiting

Directions

Adults and children 12 years and older:

May be administered or consumed in any dose but ideally to be completed within three months. (Typically, not to be read straight through as a novel or book of poems, but savored, sampled, singled while on a sofa, subway, or porcelain fixture.) This advice may safely be ignored.

Children under 12:

Adult assistance may be helpful but is not essential. Dictionaries, paper or electronic, may prove useful.

Other information

  • Store below Fahrenheit 451
  • This product has no expiration date

Inactive but glorious elements

  • Paper, ink, glue; Kindle edition: electrons

—D. H. L.

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