A Message from Patrick Boyle
I think there are a couple of truths about me that I find to be unfortunate misconceptions because of my presence and a lack of transparency or revelation on my behalf (for which, I apologize). And, perhaps, I am wildly out of place (for which, I apologize again). But specifically, I think that people:
- Believe I am the main wellspring of Lamplighter.
- Do not know most of the reasons why Lamplighter exists—many of which are, again, not about me.
- Do not know I am, or at least consider myself to be, a poet.
This isn’t to be cocky or to say that everyone believes all of these things—however, if any of these have some basis in reality, I’d like to settle up now and go not a day further with anyone believing or knowing otherwise. To clarify, though I may shout from the rooftops in praise of Lamplighter, I am far from being the only person behind this website and magazine. A great collection of writers and photographers, supporting artists and musicians, poets and personalities make up the greater organization of Lamplighter. The day-to-day operations and planning, however, are managed by myself and three other great people: Megan Dermody, our Managing Editor; Nadia Nieves, our Promotions Director; and Dhruvin Dave, our Marketing Director. In the next couple of days, you’ll see messages from all of them as well.
If it was not for those three, my faithful companions, Lamplighter would not exist. It’s true! In fact, I wouldn’t have even continued with the initial idea of this project if I did not have their support. The four of us have equally conspired to create this beast, and the four of us have committed to see it through. We’re like the Three Musketeers…and one of us is D’Artagnan (You can decide who). I credit them with as much hard work and dedication as anyone credits me.
You might be asking yourself, “Why Lamplighter? Why local alternative culture?” Easy answer! We wanted to be something that pushed us to discover a better side to our local area. Growing up, all we knew were diners and terrible coffee, dirty movie theaters, and crowded malls. But in college, we found a lot of music, art, and poetry. We came across new and wonderful worlds that, we feel, other people need to know about.
Inversely, we live in a difficult time. Arts funding gets cut every year. Local shows become more expensive to see and venues have slowly been falling apart. In the last few months we’ve lost both The Irish and The Court Tavern. And all this standing in the wake of arts and entertainment industries built to support a minority, with negativity and criticism receiving more press than praise? Only the strong can survive. Lamplighter is in place to redirect this scene’s chi and realign its chakras. We’re about positivity and promotion!
Why is it important that I am a poet? For all intents and purposes, it probably isn’t. But I feel people should know this about me. It gives me more character than being the guy outside of the mosh pit, taking pictures at shows. Most don’t know I write poetry, I think, because of some bizarre stereotype that berets and dark sunglasses are necessary requirements for poets, neither of which I possess. I wear boots and blue jeans most of the time, and I only snap my fingers to get my dog’s attention. I’m not published anywhere and I’m very hard on my own writing, so I rarely read out—and yet I am a poet.
Being a poet is as important to me as writing for this magazine. I feel, in some way, I’m giving back to the community. For example, I have read my poetry a couple of different places, and people have complimented my writing or sparked some discussion. I moved someone, even if only a little. That alone is a big deal. I’ve added to a greater conversation and I’ve participated in a beautiful side of life. Lamplighter is just an extension of that process.
I hope now, armed with this information, people see Lamplighter not as “just another blog” or a money-making scheme to capitalize on a niche market. It’s a project of passion. I really do care about the community, and I don’t expect to see a dime come back to my pocket for any of my work. I’ll close saying this: I drink coffee almost every day. Wait!…Wait. Stay with me now. I drink coffee every day, casually picking up a medium paper cup at Quick Chek and fill it to the brim with a dark, delicious brew, no sugar or milk added. I don’t need it, but it certainly helps me work through late night hours, and I enjoy the taste, strange as that may be for some. On average, this cup of coffee is about $2. You don’t have to be a regular coffee drinker like me, but on occasion if you’re in the mood, would you buy a cup of coffee? It’s a simple question and, I’m sure the majority answer is “yes.”
In that case, if you are so inspired on this occasion, would you pledge $2 toward the printing of Lamplighter? This is eight quarters sitting in a change jar. It’s pocket change at the end of the day. And statistically speaking, if everyone who reads this post were to spare us just that right now, we’d reach almost 50% of our goal.
And for that donation, we’ll recognize you as a supporter in the magazine and send you a digital copy. It’s not just supporting this issue either. It’s supporting every issue from here out. Time is limited, so if you can, please visit http://IndieGoGo.com/LamplighterNJ and let us know you believe in our project.
Thank you! And I hope, together, we can do something great for New Jersey.