Every narrator, even a nonfiction narrator, can be a fiction, a construct, "confessing" in order to create a persona—always choosing the face to reveal for particular effect, always in some sense a mask. To what degree is the process of reading and writing a detour through a maze of mirrors? To what degree is it a practical journey through a set of reflections that at every turn reveals more of ourselves and deeper questions?
It's all about the quality of the questions that literature prompts and the answers these questions reveal.
This is our second full edition of Switchback, the online literary journal of the University of San Francisco's MFA in Writing program.
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The Switchback Editorial Staff