This is Goodbye, This is the End.
Well, here we are—having hit the point where all of our print content has been reproduced online, and no plan to continue publishing in print or digitally, this the end of Lamplighter as far as I can reasonably foresee.
I can attribute this to a multitude of reasons that encompass the financial, the social, and the personal. But none of that needs to be drawn out and, really, no one is to blame; The hard truth? Publishing a magazine is incredibly difficult, and near impossible to accomplish on a shoestring budget. That we at Lamplighter were able to produce—with immense generosity from friends, family, and community—five magazines was no small task.
I will be forever impressed with the work we did here. I was blessed with a fine group of writers, editors, photographers, and other contributors who helped administrate and manage the cobbling-together of, what were truly, pretty professional magazines. After we completed the fifth issue, we were on the edge of launching our operation to a larger scale, hoping to become a full non-profit, hoping to expand our intention and role in the art and music community of New Jersey beyond just publishing a magazine. Many of us were, however, also on the edge of change in our personal lives: new careers, new living situations, and new projects for all of us.
Lamplighter allowed us so much opportunity to grow. We launched with no real experience in publishing or events. We cut our teeth on this rare chance and wild choice to self-organize and self-start. But Lamplighter unfortunately didn’t grow with us in a way that would be manageable in the transition from jobless college grads to advancing and busy adults.
For now, the website will remain up until the funds in our account are spent. Our fourth and fifth issues will remain for sale until the end of the year to support this account as well. Beyond that, we have no plans to restart or transfer Lamplighter to anyone.
If you need to get in touch with anyone at Lamplighter, our e-mail addresses are still functioning, and most of us can be found on various forms of social media. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
It’s not without a heavy sadness that I write this post. I’ve definitely delayed writing it for a while. But I’ll be forever grateful for the experience I gained and the great people I’ve met with Lamplighter:
If you’ve ever purchased a magazine, or came to one of our shows, or supported our crowdfunding campaigns—thank you.
If you are an artist, or writer, or musician who we were able to host at an event, or feature in the magazine, or simply shared what we did with others—thank you.
If you are anyone who shared what we did with others—another show promoter, a local radio host, someone who found our magazine in the wild—thank you.
To the staff of writers, photographers, and various other coordinators who met with me once a month for two years straight in order to keep this thing afloat—you’re all incredible people. Thank you.
To editors past and present—Mike, Catalina, Jordan, Marla, John. This would’ve been impossible with you. For all the craziness that producing a magazine entails, I hope the journey was as valuable to you as it has been for me. Thank you all.
To the original instigators of this endeavor—Megan, Dhru, Nadia. We cooked up this scheme together in diners and around campfires. Without you, this would have never happened at all. For believing anything is possible, and maintaining the spark that started us five years ago, thank you.
All my best,